Alex Hornibrook
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Hornibrook throwing the ball against the Michigan Wolverines
Personal information
Born:West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Malvern Preparatory School
(Malvern, Pennsylvania)
College:Wisconsin (2015–2018)
Florida State (2019)
Career history
  • Jousters (2020)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Orange Bowl MVP (2017)

Alex Hornibrook is a former American football quarterback. The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native attended Malvern Preparatory School and originally committed to the University of Pittsburgh before attending Wisconsin. On March 10, 2019, Hornibrook announced his decision to transfer to Florida State University for his final season of eligibility as an NCAA graduate transfer. After college he played one season for the Jousters of The Spring League.

High school career

As a junior at Malvern Preparatory School, Hornibrook would study extra film and conduct offensive meetings without the help of a coach.[1] As a senior, there was a coaching/offense change that allowed him to throw more passes, and eventually set school marks for passing touchdowns and passing yards.[2] Hornibrook was rated as a consensus three-star recruit.[3] After originally committing to Pittsburgh, he followed Pitt coach Paul Chryst to the University of Wisconsin[4] over Rutgers University, University of Akron, Yale University and University of Connecticut.[5]

College career

As a freshman at Wisconsin in 2015, Hornibrook was redshirted and did not play.[6]

The following season started with Hornibrook as a backup to senior quarterback Bart Houston.[7] After playing two games as a reserve, Hornibrook earned his first start against Michigan State Spartans.[8] Throughout the season, his playing and leadership skills were at points inconsistent.[1] Although he started the rest of the games, he split playing time with Houston and eventually injured his head against Minnesota on November 26.[9] After his injury, Hornibrook was replaced by Houston.[10] He was eventually cleared to play in the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic.[11]

The March after the 2016 season, Hornibrook met with renowned quarterbacks coach George Whitlock Jr. in San Diego.[8] In June, he attended the Manning Passing Academy.[1] Another focus during the offseason was nutrition, as Hornibrook increased his lean body mass while decreasing his body fat.[12] He was named the Badgers starting quarterback for the 2017 season.[7] Inconsistent non-conference play cast scattered doubts on Hornibrook's ability early in the season,[13] but still performed at a serviceable level.[14] Late in the season, Hornibrook quieted doubts about interception problems in a 31–0 win against Minnesota.[15] In the 2017 Orange Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes, Hornibrook was named the game's MVP after throwing four touchdowns[16] completing 23 of 34 pass attempts, finishing off a 13–1 season.[17] Hornibrook finished his Wisconsin career with the best winning percentage by any starting QB in program history he went 26-6 as the starting QB with a winning percentage of 81.3%.

On February 27, 2019, Alex Hornibrook announced he was leaving Wisconsin football's program [18]

On March 10, 2019, Hornibrook announced his intention to transfer to Florida State as a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible under the NCAA graduate transfer rules.


Source: [19]

Collegiate career statistics
Season Games Games
Record Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int Pass Eff Att Yards Avg TD
Wisconsin Badgers
2015 Redshirt
2016 12 9 7–2 106 181 1,262 58.6 9 7 125.8 23 −81 −3.5 0
2017 14 14 13–1 198 318 2,644 62.3 25 15 148.6 29 −101 −3.5 0
2018 9 9 6–3 122 205 1,532 59.5 13 11 132.5 20 −61 −3.1 0
Florida State Seminoles
2019 5 3 2–1 84 122 986 68.9 7 2 152.4 29 -71 −2.4 0
NCAA Career Totals 40 35 28–7 510 826 6,424 61.7 54 35 138.1 101 –314 –2.9 0

Professional career

Hornibrook signed with the Jousters of The Spring League in October 2020.[20]

Personal life

Hornibrook's relatives have played collegiate athletics or professionally in football, baseball, water polo, basketball, swimming and lacrosse.[2] He was an honor roll student in high school.[3]


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  2. ^ a b Galloway, Jason (August 30, 2017). "Badgers football: Alex Hornibrook ready to take command of Wisconsin offense". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ a b "Alex Hornibrook | QB / 6–4 / 215 | West Chester, Pa. (Malvern Prep)". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  4. ^ "Former Pitt QB recruit Alex Hornibrook flips to Wisconsin". Bucky's 5th Quarter. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  5. ^ Journal, Jim Polzin | Wisconsin State. "Badgers football: 'Sponge' Alex Hornibrook goes about his business in a humble way". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ "Most Indispensable Badger – No. 18". Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Badgers by position: Alex Hornibrook, undisputed No. 1 quarterback, ready to lead UW". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  8. ^ a b "Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook uses spring break to study football". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  9. ^ Rapp, Timothy. "Alex Hornibrook Injury: Updates on Wisconsin QB's Possible Concussion and Return". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  10. ^ "The Cotton Bowl provides Alex Hornibrook with a star-sized opportunity". 30 December 2016. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  11. ^ "Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook provides update on status for Cotton Bowl". Land of 10. 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  12. ^ "Why Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook ate 6,000 calories a day, and how Badgers' nutrition program transforms bodies". Land of 10. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  13. ^ "What's Going on with Quarterback Alex Hornibrook?". Badger of Honor. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  14. ^ Galloway, Jason. "Badgers football film room: Can the best version of Alex Hornibrook be an ideal fit for playoff-hopeful Wisconsin?". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  15. ^ Journal, Jason Galloway | Wisconsin State. "Badgers football: Alex Hornibrook excels as Wisconsin crushes Minnesota 31–0". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  16. ^ Zucker, Joseph. "Wisconsin Edges Miami in Orange Bowl Behind Alex Hornibrook's 4 TDs". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  17. ^ "Alex Hornibrook dominates as Wisconsin upends Miami in Orange Bowl". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  18. ^ "Alex Hornibrook leaving Wisconsin |".
  19. ^ "Alex Hornibrook College Stats | College Football at". College Football at Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  20. ^ Nagashima, Matthew (October 27, 2020). "The Spring League 2020: Jousters Depth Chart Projection". Retrieved November 3, 2020.