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Graham Mertz Will Likely Start For Wisconsin At QB With Alex Hornibrook Transferring

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Graham Mertz looks locked in as the starting quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers more than ever.

Alex Hornibrook made the decision to transfer after three years under center Wednesday, and now the program is almost certainly getting handed over to Mertz.

 

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There’s no reason to believe Hornibrook wouldn’t have stuck around if he thought he was still going to start. Knowing what I know about Wisconsin and college football, he’s leaving because he’s seen enough out of Mertz to understand there is going to be a changing of the guard. (RELATED: Hype Continues To Grow That Quarterback Graham Mertz Could Start For Wisconsin)

That doesn’t mean Hornibrook can’t play or that he’s not a good guy. He can spin it, and I have no reason to believe he’s anything other than a genuine person.

In sports, there are just times when people have to move on, and that’s what’s happening here. Hornibrook gave my Badgers some great games and exits the program 26-6.

 

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However, it’s time for Graham Mertz to get under center. The fact Hornibrook is leaving tells me more than anything else the highly-touted freshman is getting the starting nod.

That will make fans of the Badgers extremely happy. Graham Mertz is a baller, and there’s no other way to put it.

It’s a very exciting time in Madison. I can’t wait to see what Mertz is capable of, and I wish Hornibrook nothing but the best.

Welcome to the insane world of major college football.

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