Report: Badgers QB Graham Mertz receives second positive COVID-19 test

Graham Mertz

MADISON, Wis. — Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz has received a second positive COVID-19 test, according to a report from CBS Sports.

Mertz’s second positive coronavirus test means he will have to sit out of games and practice for 21 days as part of the Big Ten’s COVID-19 protocols put in place before the conference began the 2020 season.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd broke the news Tuesday afternoon.


On Sunday, The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Mertz tested positive for the disease, but was waiting for results of a PCR nasal swab test in order to confirm the results.

The Wisconsin State Journal report came just days after Mertz led the Badgers to a 45-7 victory over Illinois in the Big Ten opener on Friday.

During the game, Mertz set a school record for completion percentage on 20-of-21 passing, finishing with 248 yards. On Monday, he was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.