Paul Chryst and the Badgers will be missing their starter.
A tough blow for the Wisconsin offense.
Jettisoned to concussion protocol all week, Wisconsin starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook will not play in today’s pivotal conference game against Northwestern, suggesting that backup Jack Coan will make his first collegiate start.
The development, first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, will make it tougher for the Badgers to assert control over Big Ten West, which they could do with a win over the Wildcats. Thanks to a week one win over Purdue, Northwestern holds the division’s best record at 4-1, with Iowa, Wisconsin, and Purdue trailing behind closely at 3-1.
Head Coach Paul Chryst confirmed Hornibrook’s status on the Big Ten Network’s broadcast of BTN Tailgate two hours prior to kickoff.
It is unclear whether or not Hornibrook’s concussive symptoms were triggered by a specific incident, but he has had past bouts with concussive symptoms, as he was forced to miss the Big Ten Championship and some of Wisconsin’s bowl game during the 2016 season.
In lieu of Hornibrook, Redshirt sophomore Jack Coan will make his first career start. The Long Island native appeared in six games last season, completing six passes for 36 yards.
The Badgers have been bitten by the injury bug this season, as four players were out and two were listed as questionable on Thursday’s injury report. Four other players have suffered season-ending injuries.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern kicks off at 11 a.m. on Fox.