Sources: Badgers likely to add transfer Mordecai
Dec 29, 2022
Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer
- College football reporter.
- Joined ESPN.com in 2008.
- Graduate of Northwestern University.
Quarterback Tanner Mordecai announced on social media Friday that he is transferring from SMU to Wisconsin.
Mordecai tweeted the news two weeks after playing in SMU’s 24-23 New Mexico Bowl loss to BYU.
“I could not be more fired up to play at a school with rich history and a winning culture,” Mordecai wrote. “Let’s ride!”
Mordecai also thanked SMU’s faculty, staff and program. He wrote: “I have made relationships that I will cherish and carry for the rest of my life.”
— Tanner Mordecai (@t_mordecai) December 30, 2022
Mordecai had 7,152 passing yards with 72 touchdowns and 22 interceptions the past two seasons for SMU, setting a team record with 13 games of 300 passing yards or more. He began his career at Oklahoma, spending three seasons as a backup before transferring to SMU.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Mordecai is the second quarterback transfer for Wisconsin under new coach Luke Fickell. The Badgers also added Nick Evers from Oklahoma, ESPN’s No. 166 overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class.
Mordecai was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award in each of the past two seasons and a Maxwell Award semifinalist in 2021. He shined under two SMU coaches, Sonny Dykes and Rhett Lashlee, and had a team-record 39 touchdown passes in 2021.
Wisconsin is reshaping its offense under Fickell and new offensive coordinator Phil Longo, who coached standout Drake Maye this season at North Carolina.
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.