Wisconsin starting quarterback Jack Coan confirmed Sunday what Badgers fans feared — that he is out indefinitely with a broken right foot.
"I got stepped on in practice [Saturday], a kind of freak thing," the former Sayville star said. "It’s tough, no doubt. When I got stepped on, I felt some pain, but usually when you keep the adrenaline going, the pain kind of goes away. When the pain wasn’t going away, I knew something was wrong."
Coan said he expects to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Madison or possibly three hours away in Green Bay.
"It’s not official yet because I have two options," he said. "We’ll know more on Monday and I’ll be back before you know it. I’m staying positive."
He added, "I’ve been pretty fortunate throughout my career to never have any broken bones or injuries. I’ll definitely come back from this. I think there’s a chance I can be back towards the end of the season."
Wisconsin, currently ranked No. 16 by The Associated Press, is set to open its season Oct. 24 against Illinois.
Coan passed for 2,727 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions and completed 69.6% of his throws last season. He led Wisconsin to the Big Ten West title and the Rose Bowl. His passer efficiency rating was 151.8, ranked 19th in the nation.
Coan earned the 2016 Hansen Award, given to Suffolk’s top player. He is 12-6 as a starter for Wisconsin and was a preseason nominee for the Johnny Unitas Award, presented to college football’s top quarterback.