The Wisconsin Badgers’ options at the quarterback position are reportedly dwindling.
A day after it was reported that Graham Mertz had tested positive for coronavirus, Jeff Potrykus reported Chase Wolf also tested positive.
Both of these positive tests still have yet to be confirmed with a PCR test, which is considered more reliable than the daily antigen rapid tests the players take every day. If the positive tests are confirmed, Big Ten protocols mandates that each will miss 21 days of action, in other words they’d be out for three games.
The Badgers released their Week 2 depth chart tonight, and it featured Graham Mertz as the starter and Wolf as the backup, though no one should read too much into that.
If Mertz and Wolf are unable to play on Saturday at Nebraska, Danny Vanden Boom would be the next option at quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 207 pound junior hasn’t played a game since 2018. That year he got garbage time action in three games. He threw just one pass and it was a 3-yard touchdown to wide receiver Taj Mustapha.
The last time Vanden Boom started a game was in 2016, his senior season at Kimberly High School (in Kimberly, Wisconsin). He went 28-0 as a starter in high school, winning back-to-back state championships. In 2016, Vanden Boom threw for 2,366 yards and 31 touchdowns while being named the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and earning the Dave Krieg Award as the state’s top senior quarterback.
Danny Vanden Boom is the son of Matt Vanden Boom, a safety for the Badgers in the early 1980’s, who earned All-American honors and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1983.