When you think of the Wisconsin offense, running back Jonathan Taylor is likely the first players that comes to mind, but the Badgers’ junior quarterback Jack Coan continues to gain experience, and confidence. That showed in Saturday’s 61-0 win against Central Michigan.
Coan set career highs in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns, going 26-for-33 for 363 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions (201.2 pass efficiency rating) in his first start at Camp Randall Stadium.
“We had success in practice and obviously last week we missed two deep shots, and we hit on two deep shots this week so it was a good bounce back,” said Coan in reference to two deep touchdown passes he three to junior wide receiver Quintez Cephus on Saturday.
With the blowout win, highly-touted freshman quarterback Graham Mertz got his first game action in a Badgers’ uniform. Mertz completed four of five passes for 35 yards and was part of a scoring drive that went 75 yards.
“Throughout the whole thing it’s about as much experience as you can get, the better,” said Mertz after the game. “That was great for my development, and going forward having that in my back pocket was pretty sweet.”
Mertz also mentioned that he plans on redshirting the rest of the season. He is allowed to play in four games and still maintain his redshirt status.
Freshman quarterback Chase Wolf also saw some playing time in the win against Central Michigan. Wolf completed one pass for two yards, and rushed for nine yards in the win.