Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst announced Wednesday that redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook will be the Badgers’ starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Michigan State.
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Hornibrook will replace Bart Houston at quarterback in what is a key game for both the Badgers and the Spartans.
With Houston struggling in the first half of the Badgers’ game against Georgia State on Saturday, Hornibrook took over in the third quarter and spearheaded two touchdown drives, including the game-winning drive.
“I thought that when we were in fall camp, I told both quarterbacks that we’ve got to get them both ready to play and that they both would play,” Chryst told the Big Ten Network. “Sure enough, both have played. I thought Alex did some really good things and helped us. I thought he earned the opportunity to get more snaps and to get the start.
“It really wasn’t as much what Bart did or didn’t do. I just thought Alex has earned the opportunity to get the start. Looking forward to seeing him play and know through this season — heck, we don’t even know how the game’s going to turn out — that Bart still will play and be significant to our team.”
Hornibrook, a 6’4”, 219-pound signal caller from West Chester, Pennsylvania has passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in limited time behind Houston through three games. He has completed 76.5 percent of his passes and owns a stellar 194 quarterback rating (albeit, the sampling size is very small).
Wisconsin has been one of college football’s best surprise stories this season, as the Badgers have raced out to a 3-0 record (beating LSU in the process) and are ranked 11th in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll.