The Wisconsin Badgers solved their quarterback concerns for 2024 when Miami Hurricanes Tyler Van Dyke announced his commitment to the program last week, marking the second-consecutive season that Wisconsin has gone for an experienced signal-caller in the transfer portal.
Van Dyke, a graduate transfer, will have one year of eligibility remaining and is hoping to resurrect his 2021 form with a change back to the Air Raid system under Phil Longo.
Last year, Mordecai was thrusted with high expectations when transferring to the Badgers, as Wisconsin was debuting their new-look offense with a plethora of new quarterbacks and receivers.
Unfortunately, due to injuries and inconsistencies around the offense, Wisconsin could never find its footing in conference play, although two wins over Nebraska and Minnesota led them to a 7-5 finish.
Now, with hopes of improving on last season’s performance, the Badgers will likely turn to Van Dyke as their answer at quarterback in 2024.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Wisconsin’s bowl game against the LSU Tigers, Mordecai revealed what advice he gave to Van Dyke on his visit prior to the latter’s commitment.
“Just soak it all in. I mean, really embrace the culture of this place,” Mordecai said about his message to Van Dyke. “That’s what I told him is so special about Wisconsin. It’s like the number of really high-character guys in that locker room and guys who really care for each other. The family atmosphere, it’s real here. Everyone preaches that, but it’s a living thing.”
“After football games, all the families of the entire team are all tailgating together. That doesn’t happen anywhere else, I can almost bet anything on it. I think that’s just really special and people root for each other and want each other to do great. I just told him it’s a special place to be.”
The message ultimately worked in Wisconsin’s favor as Van Dyke would commit to the program following his visit, and now comes into 2024 as the projected starter for a Badgers team that is losing Braelon Allen, Chimere Dike, and Skyler Bell.