Wisconsin’s redshirt Freshman Quarterback Graham Mertz has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
The positive test came on the daily rapid antigen that players take. A more conclusive PCR nasal test must be done to confirm the original test. If it comes back positive, Mertz would have to sit out for 21 days. Fourteen of them would be for quarantine and another seven for heart monitoring. It would mean Mertz would miss the next three games against Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan.
If Mertz can’t go, and with senior Jack Coan still recovering from foot surgery, the Badgers would turn to redshirt sophomore Chase Wolf, who’s 1-for-1 for two yards throwing the ball in his collegiate career.
The last time the Badgers had to use their third string quarterback as a starter was in 2012. Danny O’Brien opened that season as the starting quarterback, then Joel Stave, then Curt Phillips to finish the season.
Those guys had the luxury of handing the ball off to Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon. That said, and despite Wolf not playing a meaningful snap in his career at this point, I think UW would take Chase Wolf over at least two of those quarterbacks.
Also, the 2019 quarterback competition wasn’t for the starting spot, Jack Coan had that locked up early. It was for the backup job and it was really close between Mertz and Wolf.
Graham Mertz also wasn’t the only UW quarterback that Urban Meyer tried to flip when Meyer was the head coach at Ohio State. Meyer tried to get Chase Wolf to decommit from UW and head to Columbus to play for the Buckeyes despite Wolf not being interested.