QB Coach Jeff Horton Breaks Down Spring Battle

Jim Sorgi is just a few weeks away from the beginning of his tenure as the Badgers' starting quarterback. Can he hold onto his job with a trio of backups fighting for playing time? Quarterbacks Coach Jeff Horton comments on the biggest battle of the spring.

In just 24 days, the Wisconsin football team will hit the field again for the beginning of spring football practice. The position battle on everyone's mind is at quarterback, where longtime backup Jim Sorgi will step to the forefront as the starter entering spring ball.

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Quarterbacks Coach Jeff Horton commented on the situation after meeting with all of his players last week.

"I know Jim Sorgi is (No.) 1, and it's between Matt (Schabert), Devin Hollins) and John Stocco for two. That will be the big battle in the spring," Horton said. "I like those guys, and I think they will compete very well."

With Owen Daniels moved to tight end, Schabert is in the forefront as the only backup quarterback with any on-field experience (he played extremely well in an emergency situation against Michigan State two years ago).

"Matt knows the offense very well. He's a smart kid," Horton said. "He didn't get to play any last year, but the year before he did a good job when he was in there."

One player that will be interesting to watch is Stocco, a redshirt freshman who looked sharp last fall and during pre-bowl practices. But Stocco is the youngest contender of the group, and he is still learning. Stocco has been working hard in the weight room to put on some size. He's currently weighing in at 194 pounds, an increase of 14 pounds from last summer.

Horton will also keep his eyes on Hollins, an intriguing prospect that has the tools to surprise some people and take the No. 2 spot.

"Devin has a better arm than all of them," Horton said. "He just has to understand you don't have to score a touchdown every play and learn to play under control. But he reminds me a lot of (Brad Banks) at Iowa. So I think it's going to be a great battle this spring. It's going to be a lot of fun to watch."

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