Hornibrook in Concussion Protocol, Questionable vs. Northwestern

Hornibrook in Concussion Protocol, Questionable vs. Northwestern

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Hornibrook in Concussion Protocol, Questionable vs. Northwestern

MADISON, Wis. – A percentage of the Wisconsin fan base may finally get their wish of seeing a different option under center for the University of Wisconsin.

Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook is currently going through the concussion protocol and could miss Saturday’s game at Northwestern. The Wisconsin Radio Network was the first to report the news Thursday afternoon, and the injury was confirmed by head coach Paul Chryst during his radio show Thursday night. Hornibrook was not listed on the Badgers’ updated injury report Thursday morning.

If Hornibrook can’t play for Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten), the Badgers will likely turn to sophomore Jack Coan or possibly redshirt freshman Danny Vanden Boom to face Northwestern (4-3, 4-1) at Ryan Field with first place in the Big Ten West Division on the line.

“Jack and Danny have got great purpose and they both have a vision of what they want to be,” Chryst said on his radio show. “So they are really sponges in the classroom … Should we need them I feel confident with both.”

Hornibrook has started all seven games for UW. Vanden Boom has gotten late work in two games. Coan was the No.2 quarterback last season but hasn’t played this year as the staff determines whether or not to redshirt him. A new N.C.A.A. rule allows players to play up to four games and still retain a season of eligibility.

Coan’s last game action at Wisconsin came in the 2017 regular-season finale at Minnesota, but Chryst spent the day touting the work his backup quarterback has done this season.

“I think he’s been great,” Chryst said. “I think he’s been really purposeful in his work and preparation. … I think he’s enjoying and appreciating the opportunity to truly keep learning. Last year, when you’re a freshman, you’re going through a lot of stuff. All of them are firsts. So now he’s been around, taken one lap around the track, and so I’ve been pleased and appreciate the way he’s handled it.”

Coan appeared in six games last season as a true freshman, completing all five of the passes he attempted for 36 yards.

This is the second known concussion in three years for Hornibrook. His first came as a redshirt freshman in 2016 in the regular-season finale against Minnesota. He did not play in the Big Ten title game, a 38-31 loss to Penn State, and came off the bench in the Cotton Bowl.

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