During the summer doldrums of sports news, many college football fans are starved for news and information regarding their favorite teams.
With that in mind, we at B5Q have decided to take a more detailed look at each walk-on contributor and scholarship player on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for 2020 in a running feature, our 2020 returnee profiles.
Each weekday we will breakdown one player on the football roster to look back at their recruiting process, their career as a Badger to this juncture and lastly preview their potential contribution to the team in 2020 and beyond.
Today we turn our attention to Chase Wolf.
Name: Chase Wolf
2020 eligibility: redshirt sophomore
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 composite 3-star, No. 39 pro style QB, Cincinnati, Ohio
2017 recruitment: Wolf’s recruitment started in 2016 as Central Michigan made Wolf his first offer. Shortly after the Badgers swooped in and made Wolf an offer adopting the similar “get to him early” model that the Badgers like to use at the quarterback position. Wolf’s list grew shortly after that as the likes of Western Michigan, Ohio, Rutgers, Pitt and Temple all made their offers.
Later on a few SEC schools in Missouri and South Carolina came calling with offers. It appeared to be down to hometown Cincinnati, South Carolina and Wisconsin after Wolf took unofficial visits to each. In the end Wisconsin was the choice and Wolf committed a few weeks after his visit to UW.
Career statistics: 1-for-1, two yards; one rushing attempt, nine yards
2019 statistics: 1-for-1, two yards; one rushing attempt, nine yards
Player overview: Standing at 6-foot Wolf is an undersized quarterback but has shown potential in the limited showings seen on the field or in practice. Wolf doesn’t possess the strongest arm of the group, and the delivery is a bit funky compared to the traditional motion but his accuracy and understanding of the playbook really seems to be there. Additionally, Wolf has a good amount of speed that allows him to get out of the pocket when needed and find additional space like in the scamper below.
Best case scenario for 2020: Coming into this season Wolf appears to be the third string quarterback for the Badgers. Best case scenario is that he comes into camp, blows the doors off the quarterback room, and wins the starting job. Until it doesn’t happen, we’ll just have to wait and see...
Likely role on team in 2020: With Jack Coan the likely starter, and Graham Mertz pushing closely to take on that or some sort or role, the chances of Wolf seeing significant playing time is pretty small. Despite that, it seems the Badgers like Wolf’s game and would be comfortable in a scenario where he had to take the reigns. Having three quarterbacks able to come in and play is always a plus, and Wolf certainly possesses that quality in his 3rd string role.