Wisconsin freshman quarterback Graham Mertz, whose every move has been chronicled from the time he was offered a scholarship until the day he rebuffed overtures from several marquee programs and signed his letter of intent, strode toward the semicircle of TV cameras and audio recorders.
“Oh (expletive),” wide receiver Adam Krumholz shouted playfully from a far. “Big time.”
Mertz smiled and sheepishly replied: “We’ve all got to do it, OK?”
Early signs suggest the returning quarterbacks – Jack Coan, Danny Vanden Boom and Chase Wolf – have embraced the freshman phenom, who passed for 3,886 yards and 51 touchdowns as a senior at Blue Valley North High School in Kansas and was named the MVP of the All-American Bowl after throwing for 188 yards and five touchdowns.
“I feel like we all bounce ideas off each other and ask questions of each other,” said Coan, who started four games last season as a sophomore. “It’s open communication.
“I think that is a testament to the guys that (we) recruit. Just a bunch of good eggs.”
Eggs must have been on the team’s post-practice menu Friday because, led by Mertz, all four quarterbacks found a way to work that term into the conversation.
Mertz: “My mom raised me to be a good egg. So I try to be that around campus.”
Wolf, who redshirted last season: “Jack is a good egg. They’re all good eggs out there.”
Vanden Boom, who played in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2018: “It is a really tight group. A bunch of good eggs in the room."