Backup Quarterback Tyler Donovan knew his time would come.
"When my time comes, it will be soon, I've just got to be ready to play."
However, it is doubtful that Donovan, or anyone else for that matter, thought it would come this soon.
The Wisconsin athletic department announced today that starting quarterback John Stocco had surgery on his right knee Thursday and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.
"We're hopeful to have John available for most , if not all, of our games this season," said head coach Bret Bielema.
In Stocco's place will most likely be Donovan, a fourth year junior. The Hartland, Wisconsin native believes that he can step up and lead the team.
"There is no doubt in my mind that I can go out and conduct the offense and make some plays", said Donovan during Wednesday's media day, "It's all about confidence and getting reps in practice"
With Stocco out both Donovan and redshirt freshman Dustin Sherer will be getting plenty of reps with the first team.
While Donovan's career passing statistics will not overwhelm anyone, 5-9, 56 yards, and 1 touchdown, he does give the offense a more mobile threat behind center. In his first action as a college player in 2004 Donovan ran for 64 yards against Central Florida.
It will be with those legs that the Wisconsin offense will have to make due until Stocco returns.
"Every program has a second string quarterback....I just help the team out anyway I can and that's is what I'll be doing."
Sooner rather than later.