Of all of the seasons to look forward to, the transfer portal season can be a bitter sweet reminder for Wisconsin Badgers fans. While any possible influx of proven talent is exciting, and obviously very helpful in bolstering any gaps that may be on a roster, there are drawbacks. With only so many roster spots on the depth chart, adding additional pieces from other schools can mean homegrown talent feeling the need to head out.
Wisconsin Badgers QB entering the portal
Myles Burkett announced that he would be entering the transfer portal. The redshirt freshman out of Franklin will be looking for other places to take snaps next year as he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining.
I achieved my goal of being a badger, a goal I set from a young age, and for that I will be forever grateful…It is time for me to take on a new challenge
Coming out of high school, he was a consensus top quarterback and football player of the state.
The former 3-star recruit found it difficult to break into rotation consideration with other talented teammates at the same position taking snaps.
Wisconsin Badgers coaching changes on Burkett
After sitting out his freshman redshirt year, Burkett was looking to make an impact with a year of training and development under his belt. Under a new coach, and room of transfer quarterbacks, it would have been easy to give up and be discourage by the unexpected change. However, in an interview at the time, Burkett shared his team first perceptive:
My whole thought process was, we have a new coaching staff, a new burst of energy. All we want to do is make the most important room in the whole team as strong as possible.
While he has since changed his mind, especially with other news emerging of outside talent coming to Madison, this speaks well of him. He is a positive minded, big picture person, willing to sacrifice to put his team in the best position to win.
Wisconsin Badgers preparation led to snaps
While a freshman redshirt, Burkett was listed fourth on the depth chart. Looking for opportunities to potentially move up, and to earn practice reps he made sure to take advantage of his opportunity in Madison. While other quarterbacks would take their practice reps, he would be behind them from a distance, pretending that he was actually calling the plays to his teammates, while carrying out the corresponding movements.
I feel like doing that in the past set me up for the present. It may look stupid to somebody from afar, but to me, that’s how I prepare.
While others would just sit out, and take a mental break, he impressed, and earned two full drives in their home opener. This drive and desire to do whatever it takes will serve him well, and truly showed why he was a deserving Badger.
New horizon awaiting for Wisconsin Badgers Burkett
Having received his other offers from mostly mid-major programs it can be expected for him to find a rhythm and success at other schools that are looking for a pro styled quarterback. Wherever he plays next year, they are getting a true competitor that will be eager to contribute to a winning program in any way possible.