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 the focus is the probable fourth string QB, but starter for coolest name on the team, Danny Vanden Boom.
Name: Danny Vanden Boom
2020 eligibility: redshirt junior
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 Composite 3-star, No. 68 pro style QB, Kimberly
2017 Recruitment: Danny Vanden Boom’s recruitment was very short lived as an in-state player. He received offers from Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and North Dakota State among others before deciding to walk on at Wisconsin. After a short period of time Vanden Boom ended up being put on scholarship for UW as part of the 2017 class.
Career statistics: 1-for-1, three yards, one touchdown (five game apperances)
2019 statistics: 1-for-1, three yards, one touchdown
Player overview: If you pay attention to prep sports in Wisconsin, you know the name Danny Vanden Boom very well. A three sport athlete, Vanden Boom won the Pat Richter Award in 2016-17 which goes to the top three sport athlete in the state. Vanden Boom was an exceptional quarterback for Kimberly High School, winning two state titles. He also played hoops and baseball where the Papermakers took home a state title as well.
Vanden Boom excelled at all sports, but decided to continue his football career at UW. As a quarterback Vanden Boom has a lot of the tools to make him successful. At 6-foot-4 he has the ideal frame for a QB, to go along with a strong arm and a smart decision maker that you want in a quarterback.
Best case scenario for 2020: If you look at the quarterback room for Wisconsin right now it is hard to see a path to the field for Danny Vanden Boom in 2020. Best case scenario is that Vanden Boom comes into the season and puts on some muscle and size like he has each of the last few seasons. After that, sharpening the skills will be important as he battles in the backup role.
Likely role on team in 2020: As I said above, third or fourth string quarterback is the likely role for Vanden Boom in 2020 but things can change in a hurry. With Jack Coan entering his senior season I would keep an eye on who emerges as the third string in 2020 as it will likely be the backup in 2021. If Vanden Boom can surpass Chase Wolf and fight off incoming quarterback Deacon P’ea Hill he could be a guy that sees some action in 2021 if called up. Regardless of the role Vanden Boom possesses a very strong academic career and could come into a game and keep the Badgers competitive in a scenario where multiple injuries happen.