College football’s transfer portal claims another member as of Wednesday. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been a mainstay for the better part of three years for the Wisconsin Badgers. Now, it appears his days as the starting quarterback are completely over in Madison.
Hornibrook started in 32 of 35 games for the Badgers. However, he never emerged to become a breakout star that everyone hoped for in 2018. Last season, Hornibrook played in nine games before suffering from concussion symptoms. For the second time in three seasons, Hornibrook only threw two more touchdown passes than interceptions. As a result, the writing seemed to be on the wall the Badgers were ready to make a move for a younger prospect.
Overall, Hornibrook accounted for 47 touchdown passes and 33 interceptions. He completed 60.5 percent of his pass attempts in a Badgers’ uniform. Clearly, 2017 was Hornibrook’s best season. He led the Badgers to the Big Ten championship game, completing 62 percent of his pass attempts. He also threw for 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during his sophomore season. Yet, that was the best we ever saw from Hornibrook.
The transfer portal doesn’t mean Hornibrook is definitely leaving the Badgers. However, college football programs have the opportunity to contact the senior quarterback to become a member of their respective rosters.
The Badgers have a few quarterback options for next season. Sophomore Jack Coan appeared in five games for the Badgers last season. He accounted for 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in limited action last season. Coan also led the Badgers to a 35-3 win over the Miami Hurricanes in the Pinstripe Bowl. However, he will have plenty of challenges for the starting spot next season.
The most impressive quarterback ready to throw his hat in the ring will be true freshman Graham Mertz. With freshman quarterbacks playing pivotal roles of the last three national championship games, Mertz should have a legitimate shot to win the starting quarterback position. Will the Badgers go all in on the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country?