Can Bart Houston Be the Wisconsin Badgers Starting Quarterback in 2013?

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Redshirt freshman Bart Houston came to Wisconsin hoping to make a name for himself. He was recruited by former Badger head coach and current Arkansas Razorback head coach, Bret Bielema. The former coach had high hopes for the former four-star recruit, redshirting him for his first year in Madison.

However, Bielema is no longer withe the team and Gary Anderson is now the man in charge. Anderson was the coach of Utah State before taking the Badgers’ head coaching job in January.

Wisconsin had an improbable run to the Rose Bowl in 2012 after a rocky regular season. With the help of Penn State and Ohio State‘s postseason bans, the Badgers were able to win just enough games to finish atop the Leaders Division standings and make a Big Ten title game appearance.

It’s now 2013 and the Badgers are searching for a quarterback to lead them for next season and beyond. Maryland-transfer Danny O’Brien looked to replace Russel Wilson after the talented quarterback graduated the year before. A few weeks into the season and Bielema was looking for a different leader. Freshman Joel Stave was the next option and after a broken collarbone suffered against Michigan State midway through the year, senior Curt Phillips was the guy.

Now that Phillips is gone and graduated, the Badgers are now looking to lead Anderson’s option offense. The head coach said he wants the option to be a large part of the offense and he needs a quarterback to be able to use his legs adequately.

Not many people are giving the youngster Houston any credit for his running skills and he recently told Madison.com just why he fits the offense perfectly:

“I’ve run it before. Nobody knows. I may not be running 60 yards for a touchdown, but I’ll get the first down. That’s all that matters.”

This kind of confident attitude is just what Wisconsin needs to lead the offense for years to come. Let’s see if Anderson is willing to trust a redshirt freshman in 2013.

 

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