After reports surfaced on Twitter this afternoon that Alex Hornibrook has entered the transfer portal, UW officials confirmed that Hornibrook will indeed part ways with the Badgers.
“Alex informed us of his decision to leave the team earlier today,” Head Coach Paul Chryst said in an email statement. “He contributed to a lot of our recent success and we want to thank him for all he did for our program. We wish him the best of luck.”
Matt Zenitz of AL.com initially reported on twitter that Hornibrook might be on his way out of Wisconsin.
Per NCAA rule, Hornibrook is now able to be contacted by any coach and start the process of finding his next home.
“I would like to thank the University of Wisconsin, the football coaches, the training staff, my teammates, and the fans for four great years as a Wisconsin Badger,” Hornibrook wrote in an Instagram post after the news broke.
“I am especially grateful for the friendships I’ve shared with my teammates, and wish them nothing but the best,” he added. “I am beyond excited for this opportunity, and I look forward to seeing what God has planned ahead. On Wisconsin.”
Hornibrook battled concussions during the 2018 season and missed time on the field because of it. He started the final game of the regular season – a 37-15 loss to Minnesota – after having missed the previous two games due to concussion protocol.
While sidelined with injury, sophomore Jack Coan was the starter. Both practiced and prepared leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl against Miami, but about a week before the game Paul Chryst announced Jack Coan would be the starter since Hornibrook was still affected by the injury.
Hornibrook went 26-6 in three seasons as starting quarterback for the Badgers, including 20-4 in Big Ten games. His .813 winning percentage is the best of any quarterback in program history. He started nine games as a junior last season, throwing for 1,532 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He ranks in a tie for third all-time at Wisconsin in touchdown passes (47), fourth in completion percentage (60.5%), fifth in passing yards (5,438), and third in interceptions (33).