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Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz is ready for his second season at the helm of the Badger offense. After a sensational start to his redshirt-freshman campaign, the Kansas native struggled during the second half of the season for a variety of reasons.
Despite his late-season struggles, Wisconsin fans saw glimpses of what could be with the former four-star recruit.
Apparently, so did Penn State’s secondary. Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker was extremely impressed by Mertz’s ability to read a defense and control Wisconsin offensively. Brisker is entering his third year as a starter in the Nittany Lion secondary, and has seen quite a few Big Ten QB’s. Who did Mertz remind him of? A former Wisconsin legend:
"Wisconsin probably hasn't had a quarterback like this since Russell Wilson," Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker says of Badgers passer Graham Mertz. "Just the way he controls the offense. He can throw the ball, he reads defenses, and he'll be able to run when he wants to."
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 1, 2021
Mertz looking anything like Russell Wilson on Saturday would likely mean a Badger win.