The Freshman Fifteen - Joe Brennan

With an offer from Stanford, people knew quarterback Joe Brennan was smart. With an offer from Miami, people knew Brennan could play. With an offer from Wisconsin, Brennan knew he could excel at both academics and football. Badger Nation gets to know Brennan a little better in its new series.

MADISON - Ranked as 38th-best quarterback in the country by Scout, Joe Brennan passed for 1,842 yards on 130-of-226 passing and threw 18 touchdowns his senior season. That was just icing on the cake as far as Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin coaching staff was concerned.

Brennan was named team's offensive MVP, first-team All-South Jersey and first-team All-Parochial after he threw for 2,438 yards (16.6 yards per completion) and 25 touchdowns, numbers that made Brennan Wisconsin's top quarterback target for the 2010 recruiting class.

Brennan committed to Wisconsin over Stanford and Miami. On his first visit to Wisconsin and during his subsequent visits, all he could think about was how he got a sense that the Badgers coaching staff really wanted his skill set and abilities on their squad.

"I've found myself definitely getting used to the system now," Brennan said. "It's fun getting our practicing and learning the plays. I am doing scout team, and that's helping a lot developing."

In a new series for subscribers, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Brennan: It's definitely a lot more structures as far as academics, planning your week and everything else that you have to get done during the week.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Brennan: It's really just playing the same football at the end of the day. Football is football. I like to get out and compete, come out to practice and try the best I can with my ability to play football.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Brennan: I've put on about 15 pounds. Coach Ben Herbert is a great strength and conditioning coach. I think he is going to get me and this team where we need to be.

How is Madison different than New Jersey? What's the biggest difference?

Brennan: The big difference is a lot of energy. There's a lot of stuff going on campus. I basically just go to school and play football.

What is your major?

Brennan: Right now, I am in the school of human ecology and consumer affairs. Some of the players have had success with that major. It seems like a good route.

What are you hoping to do after college?

Brennan: I would like to take it just one day at a time. I have had a dream to play in the NFL, but we'll see what God has in store for me.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Brennan: Right now, it's my dorm, trying to get as much studying and rest as I can. Maybe watch some football.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Brennan: This campus is great, so I wouldn't say I have a least favorite place to be honest.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Brennan: Mostly just hang out with guys on the team. We like going out to get something eat, hang out and watch football.

What music do you like to listen to, what TV shows do you like to watch and what food do you like to eat?

Brennan: My favorite thing is watch football. I am pretty boring. I like to eat pretty much anything that's around.

Who do you live with and how is that going?

Brennan: Cameron Ontko. It's going great. He's a great competitor on the field and he's a great guy off the field.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about him since you starting living with him?

Brennan: He's a funny guy with a great sense of humor. He does take his job seriously, but he's a pretty down-to-earth guy. He takes care of business and he's a hard worker.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Brennan: My mom is the person I got to a talk to a lot. I talk to her about once a day. We have a pretty good relationship.

What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Brennan: My family really likes what I am doing here, playing football and getting a good education. They are very excited about that.

It doesn't have to be football related, but what do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Brennan: I think definitely getting a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin has been a major accomplishment to me.


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