Wisconsin’s Spring Game Was A Disaster At The QB Position

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Wisconsin fans received a very disappointing offensive performance during the team’s Saturday spring game.

Badgers fans are excited and hyped up to see how quickly Luke Fickell can turn things around in Madison. After multiple disappointing seasons, Fickell was hired to inject energy into the soul of the program.

One of his first steps was to bring in a lot of new talent. None was more notable than former SMU star QB Tanner Mordecai. The former Mustangs passer threw for 72 touchdowns and 7,152 yards the past two seasons at SMU. To say expectations are high would be one hell of an understatement.

Unfortunately, it was an unmitigated disaster Saturday.

Tanner Mordecai bombs in Wisconsin’s spring game. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Wisconsin QB1 Tanner Mordecai bombs in spring game.

Mordecai finished the spring game with a total of four interceptions and the offense under his leadership looked awful.

To open the spring game, he went 2/6 with two picks. It was simply an early sign of how bad things would get.

Now, you can credit the defense for bringing the heat, but there’s no excuse for any QB1 to throw four interceptions. It’s completely unacceptable and fans aren’t impressed.

QB2 Braedyn Locke did throw a touchdown during his time on the field, and that was the lone highlight. Nick Evers, who many thought would be QB2, came in with the third team and also tossed an interception, according to Bucky’s 5th Quarter.

There’s no way to describe the day as anything other than a complete failure for the offense.

Fans should take a deep breath.

Before anyone panics, it’s important to remember it’s just the spring game. The first regular season game is more than four months away.

There’s plenty of time for Luke Fickell to get things figured out. Anyone who panics over a spring game has no idea what they’re talking about.

Coaches aren’t eager to show much on offense and for that reason, spring games always tend to give the defense an advantage.

Wisconsin Badgers football coach Luke Fickell faces high expectations in Madison. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Now, if Tanner Mordecai comes out and plays like this week one against Buffalo, Camp Randall will be booing by his third drive. Wisconsin fans are definitely hoping Luke Fickell gets it figured out sooner than later.

Written by David Hookstead

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.


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  1. The stats you love to point out for Mordecai last year were accomplished in the American. Not exactly full of B1G talent on opposing defenses. He may be good but it might take him a quick second to adjust.

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