Wisconsin Makes Very Smart Decision With QB Graham Mertz

Wisconsin is involving quarterback Graham Mertz in the decision-making process.

The Badgers are 3-1 since firing Paul Chryst, and under interim head coach Jim Leonhard, Mertz’s play has exploded.

Over the past four games, he’s thrown nine touchdowns and just a single interception. One of the things Wisconsin has done is make sure Mertz is consulted on what’s going on instead of just throwing plays his way, according to Rivals.

Wisconsin looks like a different team under Jim Leonhard. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“Most quarterbacks like your plan, they’re bought into what you’re doing, but when it’s on the line and you have to make a throw, what would you call? I think that’s important for quarterbacks and coordinators to understand that it shows you what they trust, especially in big moments when you need to make a play,” Leonhard recently explained when breaking down how Mertz’s input has been utilized.

Wisconsin is including QB Graham Mertz in the decision-making process. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz has been balling under Jim Leonhard.

Stuff like this only convinces me more and more that Jim Leonhard must be the guy going forward in Madison.

Mertz had two really tough seasons under Paul Chryst, and while he improved early in 2022 with eight touchdowns and five interceptions through five games, he still wasn’t playing up to his potential.

Wisconsin’s offense has seen a huge boost with Graham Mertz playing better. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Over the past four games, the offense looks completely different. Not only does the offense look different, but Mertz is playing with a ton of confidence.

He hit his stride, and the fact he’s being included in how plays are going to be called makes a lot of sense. It’s amazing what can happen when you communicate as much as possible.

Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz has improved under Jim Leonhard. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

It really does feel like there’s a new era of football in Madison. Thanks to Jim Leonhard and Graham Mertz elevating his play, fans finally have hope again. With three games left, it’s time to notch a few more wins and continue to build up Mertz’s confidence.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.

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  1. I don’t share “David The fan-boy” anxiety level about Leonhard’s future …….. BUT it does get more and more curiousier why there is no colored smoke coming from the chimney of the AD’s office. … Is the AD waiting until EVERY 2023 recruit de-commits?
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