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Pro Football Focus Names Jack Coan The 40th Best Quarterback In America After The 2019 Season

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Pro Football Focus dropped their quarterback rankings following the conclusion of the season, and Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan made some huge jumps.

Coan entered the season ranked 106 by PFF. In their postseason recap, Coan was ranked 40th following his junior season. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

 

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PFF wrote in part:

There are several distinct areas where Coan had success but there were 132 quarterbacks to attempt at least 10 passes outside the numbers and 20 yards downfield. Coan graded out with the sixth-highest passing grade, connecting on six big-time throws, four touchdowns and 243 yards on such attempts and five of those big-time throws were targeted to Cephus.

Here’s the reality of the situation, and it’s not really up for debate. Coan outplayed all expectations coming into the 2019 season.

Was he perfect and great at all times? No. Not even close, and it’s clear he has a ceiling. However, anybody who says Coan wasn’t better than fans hoped for is simply lying.

 

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He made some athletic plays with his feet, and took care of the ball for the most part. As the quarterback of a run heavy team, you have to be efficient and protective.

Coan did both of those things down the stretch. I though Coan would be solid in his junior season, and he even impressed me.

The question now will be whether or not he can hold off Graham Mertz from taking his job. That’s going to be a very tough task given the hype surrounding the freshman phenom.

Mertz didn’t come to Madison to sit on the bench, and he has a much higher ceiling than Coan.

 

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Spring camp is going to be a ton of fun!