Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst met with the media on Monday morning and confirmed the report that starting quarterback Jack Coan is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Chryst went on to note that it was a “non-contact” injury and that they are waiting until Coan meets with a specialist before a return timetable will be announced.
"We had a setback with Jack (Coan). He's going to see a specialist. We'll know more in the coming days on that one there." HC Paul Chryst in his opening statement— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 5, 2020
Chryst listed the new depth chart at QB as: Graham Mertz, Chase Wolf and then Danny Vanden Boom. Mertz is a highly touted former 4-star prospect out of Kansas who completed 9-of-10 passes last year in two games worth of mop up duty. He is the highest rated QB commit that the Badgers have ever signed and many fans have been clamoring for him to play even before Coan’s injury.
When asked how the offense might change without Coan under center, Chryst mentioned that he thought all of his quarterbacks had similar skillsets and that not much would have to be changed in the playbook. He did note that there were going to be changes regardless of who the quarterback is due to the losses from last year’s team.
"The offense was going to be a little different anyways without Jonathan and Q and Tyler Biadasz. We need to put in a plan that fits this year's group. I don't feel like any of the QBs are so different that we are so limited." Chryst, when asked about how the offense may change.— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 5, 2020
Last week, both Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph talked about the leadership that Coan had been displaying during practice this year, making it all the more tough that Coan suffered this injury. However, it seems like Coan is still taking his role as a senior importantly.
"He is incredibly unselfish. He doesn't want anything to affect this team in a negative way. It's not about him and feeling sorry for himself." Chryst on how Coan has been dealing with the injury so far— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 5, 2020
Well folks, we have officially entered Mertz SZN...let’s see what the kid can do!