Jack Coan

Badgers Football: Taking a closer looking at new Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan

Breaking down new Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan, one of six early enrollees from the 2017 signing class

Jack Coan


Commitment Date: 3/24/16



Set Long Island career records for passing yards (9,787) and touchdown passes (128) while also rushing for 2,551 yards (6.54 average) and 33 TDs … named New York Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … selected as state co-player of the year in Class A by New York State Sportswriters Association as a junior and senior … three-time first-team all-state selection … received Hansen Award as Suffolk County’s top player as a senior … three-time Boomer Esiason Award winner as top quarterback in Suffolk County … also a four-time all-county and three-time All-Long Island selection … as a senior, was 158-for-220 for 2,162 yards and 31 TDs while rushing for 766 yards and 11 touchdown.

Recruiting Competition 

Coan picked Wisconsin over 14 other offers, including scholarships from Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern.

Why Wisconsin? 

“I really like everything about (the offense). I got to watch film with Coach Chryst and talk about how he coached the quarterbacks. I like the way he coaches and I think I will fit into that system well. They said they would like to run the quarterback a few times a game, but they are not going to have a running quarterback first. But they definitely like to have that option if they need it, and I think I fit that part of it pretty well, too.”

“(Madison is) surrounded by two lakes, and there is activity all over. You see kids walking around, kids outside talking, there are tons of restaurants and there are tons of things to do. It's really appealing to me. I definitely liked it."

Coach’s Comments

The football is what starts the process. We get a chance to look a lot of film and liked what we saw with Jack. Once you get to go out and start to get to meet him, there’s an interest in Wisconsin and the more you find out the more you get excited about him. The film is what started it … I feel really confident about Jack being a great fit. It’s good to have him here now. – Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst

Scouting Report

The first thing to notice about Coan is his ability to throw the ball inside of a tight pocket. Whereas many quarterbacks look to scramble, Coan is unfazed when he gets pressure from the front. He stays in and throws an accurate ball. He has good arm strength, understands the offense and is composed. He has good touch on short passes and can get the ball down the field. His release point is high. – National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn

BadgerNation Prediction

Although it’s not a prerequisite, Wisconsin loves athletes who play multiple sports and excel in them. Coan certainly fits that billing considering he committed to Notre Dame on a lacrosse scholarship before his football recruiting took off.

“I always loved football,” Coan said. “It was my dream since I was a little kid to play college football and in the N.F.L., and Notre Dame was one of my dream schools since I was a little kid, too. It was definitely hard to pass up, but I really love football.” 

This spring will be a transition for Coan, who is coming from a high school offense that required him to rarely be under center. It’s part of the reason why taking part in spring practices was important for Coan to get himself adjusted to a new mode of quarterbacking.

The one thing that stands out is confidence. During his first week of drills he failed to notice a linebacker on a slant and threw a pick-six interception. On the next rep, he delivered a deep ball that would have gone for a touchdown.

“I feel like I can do everything, pass from the pocket or run a spread offense,” Coan said. “I think I can do anything. That gives me a great skill set coming in here.”

Expected to redshirt and be the emergency third quarterback, Coan’s goal for spring is to work hard and improve. With a lot of really good traits already in place, Coan has a really bright future ahead of him.

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