'Ugly Stuff': Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz Reveals His Mindset Going Into The Season

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz is ready for a fresh start in 2022.

After back-to-back disappointing seasons leading the offense in Madison, fans have wondered if Mertz will ever be able to play up to his potential.

Well, the physically gifted quarterback is certainly saying and doing the right things ahead of week one, and that includes being a bit selfish.

"At some point in your life, you got to be selfish and be like, 'Alright, what do I need to do better personally to help this team win? How do I genuinely go through ups, downs, good stuff, ugly stuff?' You learn so much through that process that that's where you have that kind of baseline that you got that genuine confidence and play how I want to play," Mertz said in the first episode of "The Camp" released Tuesday.

The junior quarterback further added when talking about preparing for the new season, "I'm a firm believer in how you do anything is how you do everything, and obviously, I had to learn that. Once you take that approach to everything, it makes everything a lot fun, a lot more enjoyable. Even when it's not enjoyable, you know it's going to get better."

As I've said many times before as a huge Wisconsin fan, it's now or never for Mertz. It's year three for him as the starter in Madison, and if he can't get things figured out now, it might just not be meant to be.

Fortunately, he's not running from the mistakes of his past. It's clear when you listen to him talk that he knows the past two seasons weren't acceptable.

Yes, he showed some great flashes, but overall, nobody thinks he played at the level he's capable of.

That's one of the most frustrating things with Mertz. When he shows flashes of his potential, you can tell that he's capable of huge things. However, then he'll have a string of mind-boggling plays.

Well, the Badgers are heavy favorites to win the B1G West, and our hopes ride on Mertz's shoulders. Let's hope he gets the job done. He certainly sounds like he's ready to embrace the challenge!

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David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture. He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics. Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.