Alex Hornibrook will transfer from Wisconsin. What are the five best teams for him?
He was better than he ever got credit for.
Alex Hornibrook might not have been the most consistent passer, and he had some mediocre moments when he didn’t get the job done, but overall, he turned in a strong run going 26-6 as the Badger starter. And now he’s entering the portal as a grad transfer.
In his career, he completed 61% of his passes for 5,438 yards and 47 touchdowns and 33 picks. The lefty struggled through concussion issues last season, but when he was on – like he was in the 2018 Orange Bowl, throwing for four scores in the win over Miami – the offense moved.
Now that he’s gone, the spotlight will be on Jack Coan, who stepped in last season and threw for 515 yards and five scores with three picks, even though he was kept under wraps. The door is also open for super-recruit Graham Mertz to step in right away. He’ll be around for spring ball, but he’ll have to battle with Coan, Danny Vanden Boom, and Chase Wolf for the gig.
On the plus side, the Badgers have Jonathan Taylor back along with a slew of good receivers, but the line only returns one starter.
Hornibrook can still return to Wisconsin if he chooses, and he’s not a sure-thing starter if he goes to a high-powered program. He appears to be past the concussion issues, but those will still be a factor going forward. As is, he’s a good veteran presence who can step in right away and upgrade a mediocre passing game and offense.
So, based on nothing more than total throw-it-at-the-wall speculation and where the right fit might be, here are five places that could use a quarterback of Hornibrook’s talent and experience …
5. Tennessee Volunteers
It didn’t exactly work out all that well for Keller Chryst last year when he went from Stanford to the Vols – he only threw 51 passes – as Jarrett Guarantano became the starter and lead man for the program.
It’s a little bit of the same situation. Tennessee could use a veteran presence in case there’s an issue with the No. 1 guy – and Hornibrook would be a strong emergency option who could step in and produce without any concern.
There’s the off chance that he could take over the job right away, too, considering the quarterback situation isn’t a rock-solid lock. Guarantano is the No. 1, but head coach Jeremy Pruitt loves cranking up the depth chart battles.
Tennessee is always pinging every decent option out there, but considering Hornibrook is leaving a likely starting job, he’s probably not going to be interested in any place where he’s not going to be a starter.