With Bart Houston’s college career done, it’s clear Wisconsin will be led by QB Alex Hornibrook.
Badgers coach Paul Chryst announced Hornibrook as the team’s starter ahead of spring practices. Hornibrook was only 2-for-2 in the Cotton Bowl win against Western Michigan, but he played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman and started more games than Houston.
For the season, Hornibrook was 106 for 181 for 1,262 yards, 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as the Badgers reached the Big Ten Championship Game. Wisconsin also finished 11-3 and ranked in the top 10.
“He is the guy,” Chryst said about Hornibrook. “He knows it and he thinks it.”
Wisconsin previews spring practice
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Some other Wisconsin pre-spring highlights:
- David Edwards, who moved from tight end and started the last seven games at right tackle, is now projected to start at left tackle. That spot was held by likely early NFL draft pick Ryan Ramczyk.
- TE Troy Fumagalli, who had 580 receiving yards this past season, is going to have a larger role on offense his senior season. He starred in the Cotton Bowl, making 6 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
- At running back, Bradrick Shaw and Pitt transfer Chris James will get the most looks with Taiwan Deal out for spring practice because of an ankle injury.
- Inside linebackers Jack Cichy (shoulder), Ryan Connelly (shoulder), T.J. Edwards (foot) and Chris Orr (knee) are all dealing with injuries. That will mean more chances for the likes of Tyler Johnson, who’s moved from the outside.
- Position changes: Natrell Jamerson from CB to S; Garrett Groshek from QB to RB; Hegeman Tiedt from DE to OLB.
- Injury list: CB Titus Booker (shoulder), LB Cichy (shoulder), LB Connelly (shoulder), RB Deal (ankle), OL Jon Dietzen (ankle), LB T.J. Edwards (foot), WR Ricky Finco (shoulder), OL Jake Maxwell (shoulder), DE Chikwe Obasih (hip), Orr (knee), ILB Mason Stokke (knee), fullback Jake Whalen (shoulder), CB Caesar Williams (core).