Wisconsin QB Hornibrook ruled out with head injury

The Sports Xchange

November 03, 2018 at 2:38 pm.

Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s return to the lineup did not last long.

Hornibrook was knocked out of the Badgers’ game against Rutgers on Saturday due to a head injury. He took a big hit before halftime and was ruled out for the second half.

It was the first game back for Hornibrook, who sat out last weekend’s loss at Northwestern due to a concussion. He was cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday.

Hornibrook struggled against the one-win Scarlet Knights in the opening half Saturday and finished 7 of 16 for 92 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked once.

Jack Coan, who started in place of Hornibrook against Northwestern, took over in the second half against Rutgers.

Entering Saturday’s matchup, Hornibrook was averaging 179.1 yards passing while throwing for 11 touchdowns against six interceptions through the first seven games.

Hornibrook has dealt with concussion issues in the past, missing the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game against Penn State because of a concussion. He also was limited in the Cotton Bowl against Western Michigan that same year after suffering a concussion in the regular-season finale.

Wisconsin is still hoping to grant a redshirt season to Coan due to a new NCAA rule that allows a player to appear in as many as four games before losing that year of eligibility. He made his first career start in last week’s loss.