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Wisconsin redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook makes his case for the starting job

There's still a long way to go before Wisconsin names a starting quarterback for its opener against LSU, but redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook showed why he should be strongly considered Friday.

MADISON – In a quarterback race that is a pure toss up, every little thing could prove to be the separation between fifth-year senior Bart Houston and redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. In the first day of full pads, the second-year player took the early advantage.

With Wisconsin spending a good portion of its fifth practice on red-zone drills, Hornibrook was the one who looked poised from the start. Combining his work from 7-on-7 and team drills, Hornibrook went 14-for-20, five red-zone touchdowns and only one interception.

After going 8-for-11 in modified team drills, which included floating a 40-yard pass over the cornerback that dropped right into senior Rob Wheelwright’s arms along the sideline, Hornibrook was on target in the red zone.

“I’ve started to feel more comfortable out there,” Hornibrook said, previously. “I feel like I’ve taken more control of the offense a little bit. I’ve been playing the whole time, but I feel I’ve settled in.”

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