Well, it looks like the secret — if it was a secret — is out. Maybe.
When asked if he’s going to start Saturday’s game at Michigan State, Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook said he heard he will be starting, as reported by ESPN’s Jesse Temple, Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Galloway and others.
"That's what I've heard."
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 21, 2016
Hornibrook, a redshirt freshman, then left to consult the team’s media relations staff and returned to say that both he and senior Bart Houston will be ready.
Anyway, Hornibrook said he heard he was starting Saturday before interrupting the interview. When he returned, he said both would be ready.
— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 20, 2016
Alex Hornibrook said he's heard he'll start Saturday, then when asked if coaches told him that he left to consult UW's media relations staff
— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) September 20, 2016
No matter which quarterback gets the start, coach Paul Chryst has said the team needs both to be ready.
In Wisconsin’s 23-17 win against Georgia State, Houston, who’s started the team’s first three games, led the team to two field goals in six possessions. Hornibrook came in and led the team to scoring drives (two touchdowns, one field goal) on three of his first four possessions but did throw an interception.
No. 11 Wisconsin will play at No. 8 Michigan State at noon (ET) Saturday on the Big Ten Network.