Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz is focused on being consistent.
After two years as Wisconsin’s starter, Mertz has shown some impressive flashes, but overall, he hasn’t come close to meeting the lofty expectations fans have for him.
Now, he just wants to focus on being consistent.
“My word’s been ‘consistency’ the whole year,” Mertz explained ahead of camp starting Wednesday.
When talking about dealing with bumps in the road and adversity, the junior passer further added, “That’s how you learn from the process and grow as a man. When adversity hits, how do I respond? When good things happen, how do I respond? You go through all of that and you learn a lot about yourself.”
As I’ve said multiple times, Mertz might not be the best player in the B1G, but he might be the most important.
I’m not sure there’s a single player who can swing a season more than Mertz can for the Badgers. If the embattled starter plays up to his potential, an 11-1 regular season is 100% in play.
If he plays like we’ve seen him play for large chunks of 2020 and 2021, the ceiling might not be any higher than 9-3. If the latter happens, fans will turn on Mertz even more than many already have.
Trust me, nobody wants to see that happen.
Camp gets underway Wednesday and it shouldn’t take long to get a read on where Mertz is at. As a diehard Wisconsin fan, I truly hope he’s taken the next step.
The state of Wisconsin can’t handle another disappointing season because of poor QB play.