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Wisconsin quarterback commit Graham Mertz performed well at The Opening regional in Atlanta.

Wisconsin QB commit impressive at The Opening regional; LB Zack Baun set to contribute

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Graham Mertz in Georgia

The Opening was in Atlanta for its latest regional last weekend, and Wisconsin quarterback commit Graham Mertz was there. The 2019 4-star recruit was tabbed as one of the top performers by 247Sports. Mertz also told 247Sports that despite him keeping in contact with other schools, he believes Wisconsin is a “great spot” for him in the future.

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Zack Baun ready to contribute for Wisconsin

Outside linebacker Zack Baun was expected to have a big role on defense last season. It didn’t materialize thanks to a season-ending foot injury. But, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus writes, Baun is healthy and ready to make an impact this season.

Jack Coan making progress

At this time last year, Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan’s head was spinning as he tried to assimilate to the college game. Now, after 15 months on campus, the backup is feeling more comfortable and it’s showing.

Frank Kaminsky gets his own podcast

If you’ve missed Frank Kaminsky’s voice, you’ll soon have a chance to hear it again on a consistent basis. The former Wisconsin star has joined Barstool Sports to produce a podcast called Pros and Joes that will feature him and three of his good friends.

The sound of an angry badger

Penn State has the roar of a lion playing over its sound system during games at Beaver Stadium. Northwestern has a ferocious sound of, what we assume, is a wildcat play at its home games. So why doesn’t Wisconsin have the sound of an angry badger playing inside Camp Randall Stadium on game days? Turns out, it’s not very intimidating.

Former Wisconsin QB moving to defense

Austin Kafentzis had Wisconsin fans really excited when he committed to the Badgers as a 3-star quarterback as part of the Class of 2015. It didn’t work out in Madison, but now, three transfers and several position changes later, Kafentzis has finally given in to playing defense and will do so at BYU.

Introducing Chris Bono

As UWBadgers.com’s Andy Baggot explains, new Wisconsin wrestling coach Chris Bono is prepared for the challenge facing him as he takes over the program.

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