Summary: Wisconsin quarterback Tanner Mordecai broke his throwing hand in a loss to Iowa, leaving his return date uncertain. Badgers coach Luke Fickell confirmed the severity of the injury, which occurred when Mordecai’s hand collided with an opponent’s helmet during a pass attempt. Sixth-year senior Mordecai had been performing well this season, completing over 63% of his passes for 1,127 yards and three touchdowns. Backup quarterback Braedyn Locke took over for Mordecai during the game but struggled against Iowa’s defense, resulting in Wisconsin’s loss. This injury compounds the loss of running back Chez Mellusi earlier in the season.
Wisconsin quarterback Tanner Mordecai suffered a broken hand during a game against Iowa and is currently sidelined with an indefinite return date. Luke Fickell, the coach of the Badgers, confirmed the nature of Mordecai’s injury and did not provide a timeline for his recovery. The incident occurred when Mordecai’s throwing hand made contact with the helmet of an opposing player, Iowa linebacker Jay Higgins, during a pass attempt. Mordecai was noticeably in pain and expressed his inability to continue playing immediately after the collision. He was subsequently taken to the locker room and remained off the field for the remainder of the game.
Badgers’ backup quarterback, Braedyn Locke, took over for Mordecai after his injury. However, Locke struggled in the face of Iowa’s defense and was unable to lead the team to victory. Wisconsin, who had been trailing 7-0 at the time of Mordecai’s injury, ultimately lost the game with a final score of 15-6.
Mordecai, a sixth-year senior, had been performing well this season prior to his injury. He had completed 63.7% of his passes for a total of 1,127 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Furthermore, Mordecai had rushed for 161 yards and four touchdowns. The quarterback, who transferred to Wisconsin after spending three seasons as a backup at Oklahoma, had previously set a career record of 72 touchdown passes at SMU.
In the absence of Mordecai, Braedyn Locke, who had attempted just one pass before the game against Iowa, took on the role of quarterback. Locke had moments of success, leading the team to two field-goal-scoring drives in the second half. However, he also struggled against Iowa’s pass rush, resulting in fumbles and an interception. Locke finished the game with a completion rate of 50%, throwing for 122 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception.
Mordecai’s injury adds to the loss of running back Chez Mellusi, who has been sidelined since an earlier leg injury in a game against Purdue. Mellusi is not expected to return for the remainder of the season. This leaves Wisconsin’s offense in a vulnerable position as they prepare to face Illinois in their upcoming game.
Wisconsin, with a current record of 4-2 in the Big Ten conference, will visit Illinois (3-4, 1-3) in their next game.
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