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Wisconsin Football Fans React to Brutal Quarterback Injury News



Wisconsin Badgers football quarterback Tanner Mordecai exits the Iowa game with an injury
Oct 14, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) runs to the locker room during the second quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers football program received expected but still devastating injury news yesterday. Following an infuriating loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, UW needs to find a way to bounce back and finish the season strong. Unfortunately, Wisconsin will have to do that with its starting quarterback.

First reported by ESPN’s Pete Thamel and later confirmed by Badgers head coach Luke Fickell, QB Tanner Mordecai is out indefinitely following surgery to his throwing hand. The sixth-year signal caller broke his hand on a play late in the first half against the Hawkeyes last Saturday. The graduate transfer’s short stint in Madison appears to have come to an end even more quickly than anticipated.

What Comes Next for Wisconsin Football After Tanner Mordecai’s Injury?

Redshirt freshman Braedyn Locke will be UW’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. The transfer from Mississippi State threw for 122 yards and completed 15 of his 30 passes after coming into the game against Iowa to replace Mordecai. Locke also threw one interception and took a sack that resulted in a safety.

Despite being named the starter, some Wisconsin Badgers football fans are not certain Locke is the correct choice. Several fans hope to see one of the other redshirt freshmen, Myles Burkett or Nick Evers, take reps as the starting quarterback before the season ends.

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Although not everyone is convinced that Locke should be starting, fans are optimistic about his future in Madison.

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After coming into the season with high hopes, the Badgers likely will not live up to lofty expectations. Unless Iowa takes an unexpected stumble, Wisconsin will not win the Big Ten West Division despite being the preseason favorite. With so little hope of achieving the goals set at the beginning of the season, some fans are somewhat numb to the news of Mordecai’s surgery. Others are simply disappointed about the way things have gone this fall.

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Wisconsin Football Fans Hope the Best for Tanner Mordecai

Despite only appearing in a handful of games for the Badgers, Mordecai will not leave Madison without having created his own fans. In six games for Wisconsin football, the former Oklahoma and SMU quarterback passed for 1,128 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions on 179 attempts. He also added 160 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

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BadgerNotes' resident college basketball sicko, Kedrick Stumbris covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball and women's hockey teams unlike anyone else. He received his B.A. with economics and political science majors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has had his work published on Bleacher Report and Verbal Commits.