Wisconsin starting quarterback Jack Coan out indefinitely after foot surgery

No. 14 Wisconsin will be without starting quarterback Jack Coan indefinitely after the senior had surgery on his right foot, the school announced. Coan sustained the injury in practice Saturday. 

Multiple people told the Journal Sentinel Coan will be sidelined for several weeks and was not expected to be ready for the team's season opener against Illinois on Oct. 24. 

Badgers coach Paul Chryst, speaking to reporters Monday, declined to speculate how much time Coan could miss. 

“We’ll know more in the coming days,” he said. "Any time this happens, you know that you don’t know how much time."

Coan, who has 18 starts and 25 games played at Wisconsin, passed for 2,727 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for four more scores last season.

Chryst noted that with Coan sidelined, redshirt freshman Graham Mertz has been working with the No. 1 offense. Mertz, who played in two games last year, was a recruiting coup for Chryst after being rated as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting class. 

Chase Wolf and Danny Vanden Boom have been working behind Mertz. 

After opening against Illinois, the Badgers are scheduled  to play Oct. 31 at Nebraska, host Purdue on Nov. 7 at play Nov. 14 at Michigan. 

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