Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 7, John Stocco


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 7 days until college football is back, is John Stocco.

A three-year starter at quarterback for the Badgers, Stocco was drafted into the MLB out of high school in Minnesota but chose instead to go to school at UW.

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After waiting out the 2003 season, Stocco started from 2004-2006, and made a name for himself at Wisconsin.

In his three years as a starter Stocco put up big numbers on his way to becoming the second all-time passer at UW, trailing only Darrell Bevell with 7,227 total passing yards. He’s second also with 47 total passing touchdowns, and is second in the record books in pass attempts (934) and pass completions (534).

All three of Stocco’s starting years produced top-20 single-season passing efforts in the UW record books.

He had a then-school-record seven consecutive 200-yard passing games in 2005, finishing the year with a then-school record of eight 200-yard games. He had a school record 17 200-yard games in his career.

Stocco was a 2006 semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best quarterback and was a captain the same year.

Who wore No. 7 first?

• Tackle Charles Bratton was the first Badgers player to wear No. 7 back in 1931.

Who wears No. 7 now?

• Senior safety Michael Caputo currently wears No. 7 for the Badgers. He’s expected to be among the best in the Big 10 this season, and is a senior leader for this Badgers team.

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

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