His dad was happy but calm. But Bart Houston’s mother? She screamed while on speaker phone.
Houston shared the story of how his parents reacted upon finding out he won the Wisconsin starting QB job while speaking with the media on Friday.
Houston will lead the Badgers in the Sept. 3 season opener against No. 5 LSU at Lambeau Field, as he beat redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook for the job.
It will be the first start for Houston, a fifth-year senior. It also comes at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr became a legend.
Houston was named after Starr.
“With my Packer background, it’s pretty cool,” Houston said in a video shared on the team’s Twitter account. “I’m named after Bart Starr – I never thought it would happen like that, but it’s cool.”
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Houston said he was confident throughout the QB race, but he admitted he was surprised he found out when he did — he thought Badgers coach Paul Chryst was going to wait until Monday to make his decision.
Houston’s most significant action for Wisconsin was in last year’s 24-13 win at Illinois when Joel Stave left with a head injury. Houston was 22-for-33 for 232 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
He’ll now replace Stave full-time, as Stave leaves as the school’s No. 2 passer all-time with 7,635 career yards.
It seems he’s ready for his opportunity.
“It was exciting, but it was also, ‘All right, cool, let’s get to work.’ It felt good,” he said.