Following a 24-17 victory in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, Wisconsin football received some excellent news for the 2023 season.
Senior quarterback Chase Wolf, coming off his first career start for the Badgers, announced he would be utilizing his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA and returning to Madison for a sixth season.
Wolf, who has been toying with the idea of returning, recently got accepted into graduate school and, at least stylistically, is a better fit in the air raid offense Luke Fickell is bringing to Wisconsin next season.
"“I didn’t want to call it quits and then a couple months down the road regret not playing another year,” Wolf told reporters. “I’ve got the rest of my life to work.”"
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound signal-caller has thrown for 292 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions in 13 career appearances for the Badgers. Wolf has completed 57.9% of his passes and carries a 100.8 career passer rating.
"“He’s got some unfinished business, and it’s hard to walk away from a place like this,” said coach Fickell."
What Chase Wolf’s return means for Wisconsin football
Honestly, Chase Wolf returning to the Badgers next season is great for the program.
Entering spring practice, UW will have four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: Chase Wolf, Nick Evers, Myles Burkett, and Cole LaCrue. The one thing they have in common? Inexperience.
Wolf is returning to a group of young, unproven talent, and as a sixth-year senior, he can help mentor + potentially bridge the gap to UW’s next QB1.
It’s not inconceivable that the Ohio native could give UW the best chance to win games in 2023 should the younger options need more time to develop. Worst case, Wolf is a viable No. 2 QB for Wisconsin.
That said, I wouldn’t be shocked if UW adds another experienced quarterback in the transfer portal if the right fit becomes available.
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