Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (concussion) won’t play vs. Northwestern

Wisconsin will be without its starting quarterback Saturday against Northwestern as Alex Hornibrook deals with a concussion, according to Badgers coach Paul Chryst. 

Just in: @BadgerFootball QB Alex Hornibrook is out, and Jack Coan will start today at @NUFBFamily. pic.twitter.com/Izl175wmZP

Chryst told the Big Ten Network that Hornibrook “won’t play” Saturday and the fourth-year junior quarterback has been in concussion protocol all week.

Sophomore Jack Coan will make his first start in Hornibrook’s absence, though he hasn’t played in a game this season.

“I’m excited for Jack,” Chryst told the Big Ten Network. “Certainly the quarterback position gets a lot of attention … and [players] get the opportunity to step in and step up. I think that certainly Jack has to do his part, and we feel confident in him doing that.

“I certainly believe he’s talented enough to do all the things you ask your quarterback to do. I like his demeanor. I love his approach. … I feel good about the way he’s prepared. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

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Hornibrook has passed for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns this season with six interceptions.

The Badgers, coming off a 49-20 win over Illinois, are 5-2 on the season, while the Wildcats are 4-3.

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