Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz Makes His Opinion On Team's Coach Crystal Clear

Graham Mertz is all in on Wisconsin coach Jim Leonhard.

The Badgers are 2-1 since Leonhard was named the interim coach, and a tough Saturday test against Maryland should provide more clarity on the young coach's future in Madison.

Well, the team's starting QB made it clear he's behind Leonhard and that the former NFL player is "ready" to be the permanent leader of the team.

While Graham Mertz's endorsement will hardly change the dynamics AD Chris McIntosh has to consider, it is a sign the team is beyond Leonhard.

When a coach has the locker room behind him, it's a great sign for the state of the program. If a coach doesn't have the locker room, he doesn't have anything.

It's also not hard to understand why Graham Mertz is giving Jim Leonhard a big endorsement. He's been absolutely balling under Leonhard's leadership.

Through the first five games of the season, Mertz had eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Under Leonhard, he has nine touchdowns and one interception.

The offense and Graham Mertz look completely different with Paul Chryst gone. I'd support Leonhard too if my numbers dramatically improved.

As I've said many times, Jim Leonhard is almost certainly going to stick around. A win over Maryland will probably guarantee it. We'll see how it shakes out at noon EST on BTN.