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Name: Graham Mertz 
College: Wisconsin     Number: 5
Height: 6-2   Weight: 215
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2024

40 Low: 4.74
   40 Time: 4.84
  40 High: 4.95
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Weight: 215

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 Graham Mertz, Wisconsin, Player News

  06/29/21 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  University of Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz jumped into the NIL waters Monday, unveiling a trademark symbol. Mertz - a redshirt sophomore who became the team's starter last season - tweeted the image with the caption "Coming soon..." College athletes are set to begin earning money on their name, image and likenesses this week as state laws go into effect. NCAA President Mark Emmert told member schools last week that "interim solutions" to allow all student-athletes to profit from NIL opportunities will be in place by July 1 as the organization waits for a federal law to govern to be passed on the matter. Mertz has a Twitter following of nearly 25,000 users and an Instagram following of over 51,000 accounts. He'll be a test case for how Badgers athletes can profit from NIL sponsorships and endorsements when they're allowed later this week. - Wisconsin State Journal

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  04/10/21 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Once it was over, Graham Mertz took time to reflect after his first college football season as a starter. It hadn't gone how he wanted - after a record-setting starting debut in which he threw five touchdown passes, challenges started to pile up for the sophomore. He contracted COVID-19, testing positive the day after the Illinois game as part of an outbreak that derailed the University of Wisconsin's season for nearly three weeks. He struggled as his timing and accuracy were sporadic over the final six games of the year and UW finished 4-3. Mertz said as he evaluated the season, he looked inward first, asking himself how he needed to get better in each aspect of his game. He also took stock of how he needed to improve his approach off the field. "I took a couple of days just to kind of take that approach. 'How can I be the best Graham during the season?'" Mertz said Friday. When Mertz did begin studying tape, he broke his play down into particular elements and spent days watching each snap with an eye on that component. From his drop-backs to his understanding of scheme and recognition of defenses, Mertz took note of the strides he needed to make. He didn't specify when it happened, but Mertz also sustained a shoulder injury and had to get a cortisone shot one week. He rejected the idea that it was an explanation for his struggles. "I'm not one to sit here and make excuses for how I played, and having a little banged up shoulder doesn't justify losing three games (in a row) and playing like that," he said. "So I'm not going to sit here and make that an excuse, because it's not." - Wisconsin State Journal

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  03/30/21 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Redshirt freshman Graham Mertz struggled to find consistent rhythm after a record-setting performance in his starting debut. Mertz completed just under 57% of his passes, threw four touchdowns and five interceptions the rest of the season after completing 20 of 21 passes against Illinois, tying a program record with five touchdowns. Cutting down on turnovers - Mertz also lost two fumbles last season - is the first step, but doing so will be the result of establishing better timing in the pocket. A majority of Mertz's interceptions last seasons were due to holding the ball too long or trying to throw a pass too late and the window of opportunity closing. Coach Paul Chryst's track record of coaching quarterbacks at UW includes the heights of Russell Wilson's stellar season in 2011 and a through line of consistent, smart play. Spring practices are the time to meld that coaching with Mertz's talent so the quarterback can take a big step forward this fall. - Wisconsin State Journal

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  12/30/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Graham Mertz accounted for three touchdowns and Wisconsin turned four second-half interceptions into 21 points to beat Wake Forest 42-28 in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Wednesday. Mertz, a redshirt freshman, threw for 130 yards and ran for two short touchdowns as Wisconsin (4-3) finished a rocky season on a high note. With the game tied at 21 late in the third quarter, Noah Burks intercepted Wake Forest's Sam Hartman on a pass in the flat when the intended receiver failed to turn his head around. Burks returned the ball 41 yards to set up a 14-yard scoring strike from Mertz to Mason Stokke on a wheel route, giving the Badgers their first lead.

Hartman, who had thrown only one interception all season, was picked off on the next three possessions as well. Scott Nelson had a 60-yard interception return and Collin Wilder returned a pick 72 yards to set up short TD runs that gave the Badgers a 42-21 lead, resulting in Hartman getting benched. Jack Sanborn had 11 tackles and an interception and was named MVP of the game. - AP College Football


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  11/24/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  After dealing with little to no on-the-field adversity while leading the University of Wisconsin football team to victories in his first two career starts, the redshirt freshman quarterback's inexperience showed Saturday afternoon against a terrific defense. Mertz turned the ball over four times - three interceptions and a fumble - in the No. 10 Badgers' 17-7 loss to No. 19 Northwestern at Ryan Field. It didn't help matters that Mertz didn't have his two best wide receivers on the field with him, and there was plenty of blame to go around on a UW offense that couldn't get out of its own way. But on a day when the Badgers needed their young star to be great, he instead took a step back. "I do believe what drives him is doing all he can for this team, and when you're not able to do that or do it enough, it's a growing situation," UW coach Paul Chryst said. "This one was painful for a lot of us, and we've got to learn from it. We've got to take away what you can from it and go forward.

"I don't know if there's many quarterbacks that play that don't go through those highs and those lows. You've got to find a way to continue to work through and be consistent when things are going well and when things aren't going well." Mertz completed 74.4 percent of his passes during his first two starts - sandwiched around a positive COVID-19 test that sidelined him for two weeks - but he went just 23 of 41 for 230 yards against the Wildcats (5-0). He attempted 64 passes without throwing an interception dating to his debut last season, but his first career pick came in the second quarter and that was followed by two more. "Northwestern's a great, veteran defense," Mertz said. "They knew what was coming with our progressions, so obviously there were some that I'd like to get back. But now it's just taking it as a learning experience and grow from it." - Journal Sentinel


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  10/29/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  A COVID-19 outbreak has put the University of Wisconsin football season on hold after just one game. The Badgers will pause football activities for at least seven days after a dozen people in the program, including coach Paul Chryst and starting quarterback Graham Mertz, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past five days. The Badgers, ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, decided they cannot play their scheduled game Saturday at Nebraska. A Big Ten Conference spokesman said the game will not count toward either team's record. The 12 people who tested positive include six players and six staff members. The program is in the process of providing hotel rooms for seven days in order to separate players who live together to combat the virus' spread. UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said the program does not know what caused the outbreak. Additional test results are pending, meaning there are potentially more cases within the program. - Wisconsin State Journal

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  10/27/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  No. 9 Wisconsin has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said athletic director Barry Alvarez and chancellor Rebecca Blank made the decision in consultation with Big Ten officials. The game with Nebraska won't be rescheduled. Wisconsin said six players and six staff members had tested positive over the last five days. The announcement followed reports that starting quarterback Graham Mertz had tested positive twice – which would require him to sit out at least 21 days under Big Ten protocols - and that backup quarterback Chase Wolf had tested positive at least once. - AP College Football

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  10/26/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  OCT 26 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Graham Mertz, Wisconsin, Fr., QB, Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North,...Became the first Wisconsin freshman to start a season opener at quarterback since 1978, going 20-for-21 for 248 yards and five touchdowns...Broke the school record for single-game completion percentage (.952), while tying the school marks with five touchdown passes and 17 consecutive completions...Recorded the third-highest single-game passing yards by a Wisconsin freshman, trailing Darrell Bevell (274 vs. Northwestern in 1992) and Joel Stave (254 vs. Illinois in 2012)...Earns his first career Big Ten weekly awards...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Nov. 18, 2019)...Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Nov. 27, 2017). - Big Ten Football

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  10/25/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Wisconsin says nobody who played in the season opener Friday night tested positive for COVID-19 or reported having any symptoms beforehand, amid weekend reports that quarterback Graham Mertz has tested positive. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal reported Mertz would be taking a second test to determine whether his first test was a false positive. The Journal-Sentinel reported Mertz's positive test came Saturday, one day after the Badgers' 45-7 home victory over Illinois. School officials say they won't release any testing information regarding individual athletes due to privacy concerns. Big Ten protocols say that athletes who test positive through point-of-contact daily testing must take a polymerase chain reaction test to confirm the first result. If that second test confirms a positive result, the athlete can't play again for at least 21 days. The ninth-ranked Badgers visit Nebraska, host Purdue and travel to No. 13 Michigan in their next three games. - AP College Football

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  10/23/20 - QB Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Graham Mertz threw five touchdown passes to match the Wisconsin record in a commanding first career start and the No. 14 Badgers beat Illinois 45-7 on Friday night to open the pandemic-delayed Big Ten football season. Mertz set a school record for completion percentage on 20-of-21 passing, finishing with 248 yards. The lone incompletion was a pass that running back Garrett Groshek dropped midway through the third quarter. The redshirt freshman quarterback delivered a buzzworthy performance during the Big Ten’s long-awaited opening night. The Big Ten announced Aug. 11 that it would postpone all fall sports until the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, then reversed itself Sept. 16 by saying it would begin the season in mid-October.

While most other conferences began playing last month in front of partially filled stadiums, Wisconsin had cutouts in the stands and piped-in crowd noise Friday as it began its nine-game schedule. But his prime-time outburst still earned raves on social media from a wide range of players including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt. Mertz became the first-team quarterback after returning starter Jack Coan underwent foot surgery on Oct. 7, leaving him out indefinitely. He wasted no time making the most of his opportunity. The only previous Wisconsin quarterbacks to throw five touchdown passes in a game are Darrell Bevell against Nevada in 1993 and Jim Sorgi against Michigan State in 2003. Mertz was 14 of 14 for 190 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone as Wisconsin built a 28-7 halftime lead. Three of his five touchdown passes went to tight end Jake Ferguson, who had seven catches for 72 yards. - AP College/Wisconsin Football


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