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FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan passes against Oregon during first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Coan is dealing with a foot injury as the Badgers prepare for the start of this pandemic-delayed season. Athletic department spokesman Brian Mason confirmed that Coan injured his foot in practice Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, and did not practice Sunday.

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From the moment he announced his college choice, Graham Mertz has received more attention than the typical Wisconsin quarterback.

Mertz is about to get his chance to show he’s worthy of all the acclaim that accompanied his arrival on campus last year. Now that foot surgery has sidelined returning starter Jack Coan indefinitely, Mertz is likely to open the season as the 16th-ranked Badgers’ first-team quarterback.

“Right now I’m very confident in my ability to win

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From the moment he announced his college choice, Graham Mertz has received more attention than the typical Wisconsin quarterback.

Mertz is about to get his chance to show he’s worthy of all the acclaim that accompanied his arrival on campus last year. Now that foot surgery has sidelined returning starter Jack Coan indefinitely, Mertz is likely to open the season as the 16th-ranked Badgers’ first-team quarterback.

“Right now I’m very confident in my ability to win games,” Mertz said Thursday. “Practice has been going great in that sense. I feel like we’re ready to go. I’m excited for it.”

Mertz, a 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman, is competing with sophomore Chase Wolf and junior Danny Vanden Boom but appears on track to start Wisconsin’s season opener Oct. 24 against Illinois if Coan is unavailable. Coan hurt his right foot while dropping back in practice Saturday.

“That’s kind of the path we’re on

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