Senger Impressed with Wisconsin

Milwaukee Pius quarterback Connor Senger knows that the University of Wisconsin is a place where a dual-threat quarterback can succeed. He saw it two years ago in Russell Wilson, and peers and UW coaches can see it in him.

MADISON - If Connor Senger got paid for every time somebody compared his looks or his game to that of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the 5-11, 170-pound former Milwaukee Pius quarterback wouldn't need scholarship money to compete in college.

"I get that all the time," Senger told Badger Nation. "Every time I go up to Wisconsin I hear that it's the second coming of Russ. A lot of the teachers at school call me Russell Wilson."

After the struggles under center for the University of Wisconsin this past season, having another quarterback on its roster with the skill set like the 2010 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year wouldn't be a bad thing. At least that's been the impression Senger has received from Wisconsin defensive backs coach Ben Strickland and graduate assistant Luke Swan.

"They both tell me how much they remind me of (Wilson)," said Senger, who holds a preferred walk-on offer from the Badgers. "With my demeanor, how I play and the fact that I play baseball all relates to Wilson. That's the shadow I am living in right now as Russell Jr."

Senger could pick worse shadows to be in, and there's a real possibility that the shadow could grow bigger. After taking multiple one-day visits in the fall, Senger took an official visit last weekend to meet the new coaching staff and walked away impressed with what Wisconsin is offering him.

"Meeting the new guys was important and I got to talk to offensive coordinator (Andy) Ludwig for about an hour since I was the only quarterback up there," said Senger, who was hosted by one-time quarterback walk-on Joel Stave. "I really respect his knowledge for the game. He's been doing it for 27 years and I like his coaching style. In the future I want to get into coaching, and he'd be a great mentor and a guy to learn from.

"It was nice catching up with Coach Andersen, as well. I like his personality and how he feels about walk-ons, giving them opportunities and everything. The facilities set themselves so far ahead of the other schools I have visited. Wisconsin has set itself so far ahead, especially after redoing their facilities."

In addition to Wisconsin, Senger has been courted by Butler, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Western Illinois and most of the Division 3 schools in Wisconsin. Like the Badgers, all Senger's opportunities are preferred walk-on or partial scholarship.

Leaning toward accepting UW's offer, Senger said Wisconsin is pondering upgrading his offer to a full scholarship, depending on what happens in the remaining days leading up to national signing day.

"It's been a dream to play as a Badger my whole life and if they gave me an opportunity to get an education and foot the bill for it, it would be a no brainer," said Senger. "Coach Ludwig said he has pocket passer guys right now, but he would like to get a little more diversity, so they're looking to get a dual-threat guy in this class."

Playing in arguably the best football conference in Wisconsin, Senger knew he and his teammates would be challenged and pushed weekly in the Classic 8, a conference that has produced six state champions since 2004.

So after moving to the Woodland Conference this past season, Senger's preparedness helped him to thrive in the new setting. While his team finished 3-5, Senger finished with 1,799 passing yards, 917 rushing yards (team high), 29 touchdowns accounted for and eight interceptions.

"The culture around the school is our football program isn't the best, so we as seniors tried to be a part of turning the program around and getting it headed in the right direction," said Senger, who passed for over 3700 yards in his career. "We started to have kids by in that if you work hard and put in the time, things can actually go how you want them to go."

Senger has been known to have a flair for the dramatics. Originally being ruled out of the game with a hip injury, Senger – a sophomore at the time – was inserted into the game in the final minutes to try to help his team move the ball and erase a 26-21 deficit.

He did just that, helping Pius win 29-21 and finishing the season 7-4, winning three games by three points or less.

"I'd rather be on a team where we are competing week in and week out instead of blowing teams out of the water, because that doesn't help anything and you lose reps. I'd rather have the ball in my hands and try to make a clutch play happen."

Senger wants to make his decision by signing day.

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