Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz has announced that he is transferring to the Florida Gators. The Badgers hired Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coach Luke Fickell as the program’s next Head Coach for next season. Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson announced that he would declare for the 2023 NFL Draft following his season with the program. Mertz will likely serve as the team’s starting quarterback next season. He has two years of eligibility remaining to spend in college football. Mertz will not play for the Badgers against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on December 27th.
?BREAKING? Wisconsin transfer QB Graham Mertz plans to commit to Florida, per @GAllanTaylor.
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In his career with the Wisconsin Badgers, Graham Mertz completed 460 passes for 5,405 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions on 773 passing attempts. He also has eight rushing touchdowns in his career with the Wisconsin Badgers. Moving from the Big Ten to the SEC can be an adjustment, but Florida typically has plenty of talent to stack around their next quarterback. Mertz will look to establish himself in his new program in 2023 after spending his entire career with the Badgers. Playing well enough could begin to get him more looks for the 2024 NFL Draft or the 2025 NFL Draft.