Salute to Alex Hornibrook- LQ 2011
Alex Hornibrook was the picture of calm heading into his first starting assignment for Wisconsin, even though it would come before a hostile crowd of 75,000 at Michigan State against the eighth-ranked Spartans.
A redshirt freshman quarterback from West Chester, Hornibrook last week did what many thought wasn’t possible for a guy with limited experience. The Malvern Prep graduate led the Badgers to a 30-6 victory over the Spartans and made them a contender in the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Hornibrook completed 16 of 26 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, he was 6 of 6 for 100 yards on third-and-10 or longer. To him, however, the magnitude of the game was no big deal.
“It just seemed like another football game,” he told reporters afterward.
Hornibrook, who passed for Malvern Prep records of 2,156 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior, had committed to Pittsburgh but reconsidered after head coach Paul Chryst left the Panthers to take the same job with the Badgers. Hornibrook followed and learned last year while sitting on the sidelines.
Wisconsin now has defeated the No. 5 team in the nation (Louisiana State) and No. 8 (Michigan State). Its next game is Saturday against No. 4 (Michigan) and, after getting next week off, they come back to face No. 2 (Ohio State). It’s going to be quite a ride for Hornibrook.
The Badgers have some injury issues, however. Kicker Rafael Gaglianone is out for the season after back surgery, and outside linebacker Vince Biegel reportedly had surgery for a fractured foot and could miss up to four weeks.
Alex was a 2011 Philadelphia Little Quaker.
Source: Joe Juliano-Philadelphia Inquirer