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Wisconsin Football Might Have Found Its Quarterback of the Future



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Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin football team made headlines in the offseason by bringing in not one, not two, but three transfer quarterbacks from the transfer portal.

After losing Graham Mertz to the transfer portal, coach Fickell and offensive coordinator Phil Longo were determined to add competition at the position for their new air raid offense.

While all three quarterbacks received hype and attention, perhaps none more than Tanner Mordecai and former top 10 signal caller Nick Evers, it was the least heralded of the trio, Braedyn Locke, who may have emerged as the quarterback of the future for the Badgers.

“He [Locke] is the model of consistency, and he’s gotten better with each practice,” Longo told reporters.

Braedyn Locke Made a Strong First Impression During Spring Practice 

Braedyn Locke came to Wisconsin football after a redshirt season at Mississippi State and has four years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound signal-caller is a former four-star recruit from Rockwall High School in Texas, and his play in spring practices caught the attention of the coaching staff and his teammates.

According to reports, he was consistently accurate, made good decisions, and showed an elite understanding of the playbook. He also demonstrated a passable arm, capable of making all the throws required in Wisconsin’s offense.

In a perfect world, Locke gets a year to learn behind Tanner Mordecai and then take over as the QB1 in 2024. However, if something were to happen, I believe Wisconsin football could tread water with him under center and perhaps even push for the Big Ten West.

Final Thoughts on Wisconsin Football Transfer Braedyn Locke 

While Locke may not have the same pedigree or hype as the other two transfer quarterbacks, Tanner Mordecai and Nick Evers, his play has penciled him in as the no-doubt backup quarterback this season.

Although I don’t see it happening, Locke could be called upon to take the reins of the first-team offense if Mordecai struggles this season.

What makes Locke’s emergence so exciting for Wisconsin football fans is that he could easily be the quarterback of the future for the Badgers. I say that fully acknowledging that Evers has immense upside, and in 2024 four-star QB Mabrey Mettauer will be enrolling.

Of course, it’s important to remember that Locke has yet to play a snap in a real game for Wisconsin, and there is still a long way to go before he can be anointed as the quarterback of the future. However, his play in spring practices has been encouraging and has given Wisconsin fans reason for optimism.

If Locke continues to develop and impress, he could be the long-term answer at quarterback that Wisconsin football has been searching for.

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