The Wisconsin Badgers football team will be without starting quarterback Jack Coan for an undetermined amount of time.
UW announced Tuesday night that the quarterback underwent a successful surgery on his right foot and is out indefinitely.
The non-contact injury happened on Saturday during practice as Coan was dropping back to pass.
Coan saw a specialist prior to surgery. It’s unclear how much time he’ll be out. Head
Coach Paul Chryst knows the time away will hurt the senior: “He’s incredibly unselfish. He cares about this team and doesn’t want anything to affect the team in a negative way. Obviously, the last thing any guy wants is to not be able to participate. It’s not about him and feeling sorry for himself. He does focus on the guys and this team.”
With Coan unlikely to be ready to go for the season opener on October 24 against Illinois, all the eyes are on redshirt freshman Graham Mertz. A 4-star recruit, Mertz is the highest rated quarterback to ever sign with Wisconsin. In Mertz’s senior season at Blue Valley North (Kansas), he threw for 3,886 yards and a state-record 51 touchdowns. As a Junior, he led his team to the state championship by throwing for 3,684 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also had 722 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns in his high school career.
Mertz got playing time in two games last season. He ended up completing 9-of-10 passes for 73 yards. Coan dealt with several different injuries throughout the 2019 season, leading Wisconsin to give Mertz more practice reps with the first-team offense. That was especially the case in the week of the Iowa game, though Coan ended up starting and playing the entire game.
Chryst said Mertz was taking all the first-team reps in practice since Coan’s injury, with sophomore Chase Wolf and junior Danny Vanden Boom getting the rest of the work.