Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Braedyn Locke’s first career start was a memorable one; the redshirt freshman remained poised, aiding his team in scoring 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead touchdown with under a minute left on the road.
Well, the Big Ten took notice, as Locke was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after his performance, becoming the first Badger since Braelon Allen in 2021 to receive the award.
#B1GFootball WEEKLY AWARDS— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 23, 2023
Co-Off:@UMichFootball's J.J. McCarthy
Co-Off:@OhioStateFB's Marvin Harrison Jr.
Defensive:@GopherFootball’s Tyler Nubin
Special Teams:@GopherFootball's Dragan Kesich
Freshman:@BadgerFootball's Braedyn Locke
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Locke completed 21/41 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the comeback victory, overcoming some early struggles, dropped passes, and penalties en route to the win.
The comeback victory was historic for Wisconsin, as the Badgers earned their first Big Ten win in regulation after trailing by 14+ in the fourth quarter ever, dating back to the modern era.
Locke’s 240 passing yards were the third most by a Big Ten quarterback in Week 8, trailing just Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy and Ohio State’s Kyle McCord.
Speaking of Ohio State, Locke will face a tough challenge in his second career start, as the Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin for an evening showdown next weekend, with much on the line.
Can the quarterback string together consecutive impressive performances to begin his career?