this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin
quarterback Bart Houston throws during the second
half of an NCAA college football game against
Western Illinois in Madison, Wis. Houston will be
following in his namesake’s footsteps at Lambeau
Field. The newly-minted starting signal-caller for
the Badgers will make his first career start at the
home of the Green Bay Packers, in a marquee season
opener on Sept. 3, 2016, against LSU. Houston is
named after Packers great and Hall of Fame
quarterback Bart Starr.
— Wisconsin's Bart Houston will be following in his
namesake's footsteps at Lambeau Field.
starting quarterback will make his first career start at
the home of the Green Bay Packers, in a marquee season
opener Sept. 3 against No. 5 LSU.
is named after Packers great and Hall of Fame quarterback
my Packer background, it's pretty cool, named after Bart
Starr," the laid-back Houston said
after practice Friday . "I never thought it'd
happen like that. It's cool."
has had to wait for his shot for quite some time. Joel
Stave, who is out of eligibility, was the primary starter
the last few years at Wisconsin.
most extensive action came last season on Oct. 24 in a
24-13 win at Illinois, when he went 22 of 32 for 232 yards
with two touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of an
I just kind of closed my eyes and winged it," Houston
deadpanned. "I'm kidding."
said he was a little surprised about the timing of coach
Paul Chryst's decision on Thursday, when Houston got the
job over redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. Houston was
expecting a decision on Monday.
praised both Houston and
Hornibrook, and each quarterback's development during fall
camp. Houston rebounded after a slow first week.