Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who suffered reoccurring symptoms of a head injury, is participating in the team’s winter workouts, according to a report.
Bucky’s 5th Quarter confirmed with a Wisconsin official that Hornibrook has been taking part in the winter workouts this offseason. The quarterback missed a handful of games near the end of the 2018 season due to a head-related injury.
Hornibrook started the first seven games of the season for the Badgers, but played sparingly following the game against Illinois on Oct. 20. He appeared in just two games after that, missing four of the final six contests. Jack Coan took over under center in those situations.
In nine appearances, Hornibrook threw for 1,532 yards and 13 touchdowns while completing passes at a 59.5 percent clip. The Badgers finished the season 8-5 and defeated Miami 35-3 in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Hornibrook’s participation in winter workouts is a positive sign for obvious reasons, but it’s also good for him to get back into a routine as quickly as possible. Wisconsin is expected to have a competitive quarterback battle this summer and fall between Hornibrook, Coan and newcomer Graham Mertz.
Coan stepped in under center during Hornibrook’s injury, throwing for 515 yards and five touchdowns. Mertz stole the show at the All-American Bowl, throwing five touchdown passes and setting a new game record.