In a recent installment of his Youtube show hosted by On3 Sports, J.D. PicKell spoke about the current Big Ten quarterback rooms. PicKell believes that the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback room could be on “Boom Watch” with the new Phil Longo offense. PicKell also states that the current Wisconsin room could be full of potential superstars for the Badgers in the future.
Wisconsin Badgers Quarterback Room Ready To Shine
J.D. PicKell, a former collegiate football player himself, hosts The Hard Count daily on the On3 Youtube channel. In a recent segment, PicKell ranked the top five quarterback rooms in the Big Ten currently. PicKell ranked the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback room as the third best in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State at second and Michigan as the best.
My top 5 QB ROOMS in the Big Ten heading into 2023🧃
Full analysis 📺: https://t.co/a9rWgmbeiG pic.twitter.com/DQT50VMPe9
— J.D. PicKell (@jdpickell) March 16, 2023
The Badgers are not quite ready to take over the conference at the quarterback position yet. However, between the talented Tanner Mordecai, Nick Evers, and the new-look offense coming into Madison, PicKell believes the Badgers can potentially dominate. Not only is there an influx of talent at the position, but the Badgers also add offensive coordinator Phil Longo who has helped transform Sam Howell and Drake Maye.
Are Tanner Mordecai, Nick Evers Capable of Big Things?
As J.D. PicKell states in his segment, Tanner Mordecai has already proved he has the ability to be a top collegiate quarterback. The only thing holding him back in the past is where he played. Southern Methodist University runs a serious air raid offense but has incorporated the more run-pass options and play-action over the years. After transferring from Oklahoma, Mordecai threw for 72 touchdowns and nearly 7200 yards in two seasons of action with the Mustangs.
Playing in the American Conference from a career longevity point of view is typically difficult because of the level of competition. It is harder to get noticed consistently playing against unranked or lesser known programs. Mordecai has been one of the strongest and most efficient quarterbacks in college the last two years, but struggled to gain attention from scouts and analysts. Now, getting a chance to be a starting quarterback in the Big Ten, Mordecai can repeat his success on a much bigger stage.
Another Wisconsin quarterback who has had success elsewhere is Nick Evers. Evers, who is also an Oklahoma transfer, joined Wisconsin without having any sort of college sample to show for. Rather, Evers had a prolific high school career which consisted of 4944 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, 915 rushing yards, and 15 rushing touchdowns. Evers was the varsity quarterback for Flower Mound High School in Texas for two years before committing to Oklahoma.
One important fact about Evers is that he chose to commit to the Wisconsin Badgers before Mordecai did. As J.D. PicKell mentions, the Badgers were interested in adding another quarterback, but overall felt comfortable enough to let Evers start. If Luke Fickell felt that way about the young quarterback, then his future at Wisconsin after developing a year could be fantastic.
The other layer of the success inside the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback room is Phil Longo. Longo is considered a quarterback guru due to the success he has recently had developing quarterbacks at North Carolina. Longo transformed two good quarterbacks into one of the better rooms in the country. Madison has not been exposed to a high-powered, movement-oriented offense like the one that Longo plans on displaying. Both Mordecai and Evers could lead the Badgers offense into unknown territory for Wisconsin.
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