Wisconsin finally announced its starting quarterback for the season-opening game: Bart Houston.
Houston will lead the Badgers against LSU on Sept. 3 at Lambeau Field, his first career start. Houston was 27-for-47 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in 2015 as Joel Stave’s backup.
The #Badgers have their starting QB.
Paul Chryst names Bart Houston starter for opener vs. LSU.https://t.co/gxXcA3cdit
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 25, 2016
Houston, a senior, beat out redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said he had good conversations with both quarterbacks.
“Bart did everything that he needed to do and earned the right to get the start,” Chryst said in the video. “I’m excited to go forward now.”
Houston will now try to fill in where Stave left off. In his four seasons with the Badgers, Stave completed 613 of 1,031 pass attempts to pick up 7,635 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.
Not only will Houston try to defeat No. 5 LSU, but he’ll have to do it at the site of the season’s first College GameDay.
And how great for Houston. Going from being relegated to punting duties to starting against the No. 5 team in the country at Lambeau Field.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) August 25, 2016