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Wisconsin football walk-on Marshall Howe
Apr 11, 2023; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin quarterback Marshall Howe (12) is shown during practice Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
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Madison, Wis. – In a bit of a surprise, the Wisconsin football program has lost another player to the transfer portal, this time from its loaded quarterback room. 

Walk-on QB Marshall Howe, who has impressed the Badgers coaching staff this spring, earning reps with the third team over both Nick Evers and Myles Burkett, has entered the portal and decided to pursue a better opportunity. 

“On my board, it says ‘knowledge equals reps,” Longo told reporters. “I’ve learned the hard way – not just as a coach – putting the best athlete out there or the strongest arm out there slows the production of the offense, particularly when you’re installing it for the first time.”

A consensus two-star prospect, Howe chose to join the Wisconsin football program as a preferred walk-on in the 2022 recruiting cycle after a year of prep school over scholarship offers from Davison and Eastern Illinois.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound signal caller had a solid (second) senior season at Avon Old Farms, where he completed 169-of-253 passes (66.8%) for 2,730 yards, 34 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.

Howe was ranked as the No. 228 QB in the 2022 recruiting cycle and the No. 15 player in Connecticut, according to 247Sports.

Wisconsin Football QB Room Notes

Although Howe never saw the field during his time in Madison, he has undoubtedly improved his stock and put together some film that may allow him to compete for a quarterback job at another school. All things considered, sometimes you have to strike while the irons are hot.

Because of his current spot in the pecking order and the influx of talent on the horizon, Howe had no choice but to test the waters and see if he could land a scholarship.

Wisconsin football now has a quarterback room comprising Tanner Mordecai, Braedyn Locke, Nick Evers, Myles Burkett, and Cole LaCrue.

Here are a few notable reactions from his Wisconsin teammates, who were emotional following the news, but understanding of his departure.

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