Wisconsin Football: 10 Best Quarterbacks in Wisconsin Badgers History

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No. 8: Jim Sorgi

Years at UW: 2000-2003

Career Stats: 4,498 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, 55.5 completion percentage

Jim Sorgi spent most of his time at UW as a backup to Brooks Bollinger, but by his senior season was the starting quarterback. Despite only being the clear-cut starter for a single season in 2003 (he split time in 2001 with Bollinger and Matt Schabert and sat behind Bollinger in 2002) Sorgi went on to pass for the eighth-most yards in school history.

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Sorgi is one of two Wisconsin quarterbacks with a 5-touchdown game, accomplishing the feat in 2003 against Michigan State. 2003 also brought one of the more memorable moments in school history, when Sorgi was choked by Ohio State linebacker Robert Reynolds and injured his trachea, setting up an incredible finish for Schabert and Lee Evans.

While Sorgi wasn’t involved in that touchdown pass, he threw plenty during his time in Madison, 33 to be exact, good enough to be tied for sixth all time at Wisconsin. He threw for 2,251 yards in his 2003 season, adding 17 touchdowns against 9 interceptions.

Sorgi’s career passer efficiency rating of 141.2 is the third-best efficiency rating in school history.

Outside of Wisconsin circles, Sorgi is best known for his tenure as Peyton Manning’s backup in Indianapolis.

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