Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 19, Jim Sorgi


As the countdown to the first Wisconsin football game of the season continues, Badger of Honor is taking a look at Badgers by the numbers, checking in on a different Badger or Badgers players who wore the number corresponding with the remaining days until the Badgers head to Texas to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday, Sept. 5.

Next up in our countdown, signifying 19 days until college football is back, is Jim Sorgi.

Sorgi, a Fraser, Michigan, native, chose UW and immediately made an impact, earning team Rookie of the Year honors in 2000.

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Even though he spent much of his career behind Brooks Bollinger, he went on to have a great career at UW, putting up big-time numbers that rank among the best all-time at UW.

Sorgi was just last year passed up in the UW record book by Joel Stave, and currently sits at eighth all-time at UW with 4,498 career passing yards.

He had a career 55.5 completion percentage (9th all-time at UW) on 519 career pass attempts (11th all time), and threw 33 career touchdown passes as a Badger (7th all-time). His 288 completions are 10th all-time at Wisconsin.

In 2003 Sorgi became the second Badgers’ quarterback since Darrell Bevell in 1993 to throw for 5 touchdowns in a single game, a feat he accomplished against Michigan State. Sorgi threw for 380 yards in the game, one of two 300-plus yard game sin his career (305 yards against Minnesota in 2003).

Sorgi still holds the Camp Randall record for a 99-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans against Akron in 2003.

Sorgi earned the Coaches Appreciation award in 2003, and was a team captain.

In the 2004 NFL Draft Sorgi was a sixth round pick (No 193 overall) by the Indianapolis Colts. He spent 2004-2009 as Peyton Manning’s backup before spending 2010 with the New York Giants.  He threw for 929 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in his NFL career.

Who wore No. 19 first?

• Halfback Homer Davidson was the first Badger to wear No. 19 in 1928.

Who wears No. 19 now?

• Redshirt junior safety Leo Musso currently wears No. 19 for the Badgers.

Who wore No. 19 last?

• When Joe Schobert was a freshman defensive back in 2012, he wore the number 19.

Stay tuned to Badger of Honor as we continue our daily countdown in preparation of the season opener against Alabama.

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