The Wisconsin Badgers and Graham Mertz parted ways after the 2022 season. Mertz was not succeeding the way he had thought in the Badgers offense and felt a change of scenery would help, and he wasn’t wrong.
In 2023 Mertz posted career highs in multiple categories. He completed 72.9% of his 358 passes for 2,903 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just three interceptions in 11 games during his first season with the orange and blue. On the ground, he scored four touchdowns.
In Florida’s Week 12 loss to Missouri, Mertz broke his collarbone and missed the season finale against Florida State. After a 5-2 start, the Gators lost five straight down the stretch to finish 5-7 and miss a bowl game. Today, Mertz made an announcement about his future.
Former Wisconsin Badgers Quarterback Graham Mertz Announces He Will Return For His Sixth Year Of College Football
According to College Football Writer Sam Cooper:
Graham Mertz will be back at Florida next season.
Mertz, a transfer quarterback from Wisconsin who had a strong season with the Gators, announced Thursday that he will return to Gainesville for his final year of eligibility. It will be Mertz’s sixth year of college football.
Mertz was a coveted class of 2019 recruit who redshirted his first season at Wisconsin and then became the starter in the 2020 season, which did not count toward the eligibility clock because of the pandemic.
From there, he played two more seasons at Wisconsin with up-and-down results as the Badgers struggled on offense. During the 2022 season, Wisconsin fired head coach Paul Chryst, who recruited Mertz to Madison.
After the season, Mertz decided to transfer and landed at Florida. The Gators and head coach Billy Napier were in need of a quarterback after Anthony Richardson left for the NFL draft.
Mertz played in 34 games for the Wisconsin Badgers, starting 32 of them, during his four years inthrew for 5,405 yards, 389 touchdowns, 26 interceptions, and had a 59.5% completion rate.
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