Chat with John Stocco
After a 16-year reign as head coach at Wisconsin, Barry Alvarez will be on the sidelines for the final time as he faces the Auburn Tigers (9-2). The Badgers (9-3) are 7-3 in bowl games under Alvarez.
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John Stocco (3:58 PM)
I just want to say welcome and hello.
Jake,Warner Robins Ga.
What do you think about the Auburn team?
John Stocco (3:59 PM)
We have a lot of respect for Auburn as well as the SEC. The first thing you notice is they're all athletic, especially on defense. They're well coached.
What is it like to be the last quarterback to play under Barry Alvarez? Also, what do you think will take for the Badgers to prevail against Auburn?
John Stocco (4:00 PM)
We try not to think about that too much. I think Coach would want it that way. His primary focus all season is to make sure we're prepared for games mentally. He doesn't want the attention on him to take away from our preparation. It's understood that we want to play well for him.
Jordan (Abbotsford, WI)
First of all John, Great Year! What do you think the offense is going to have to do to exploit and go after that good Auburn defense?
John Stocco (4:01 PM)
I think there are two main things: the first is we can't beat ourselves. We can't ahve any turnovers. The other is any time we have the chance to make a big play, we have to capitalize on it.
Larry from Madison
So Johnny...enough with the football talk...if you had your choice, whawt would your Ian's pizza be?
John Stocco (4:02 PM)
Ian's pizza! I prefer the ground beef and pepporoni. The steak and fries is pretty good too.
You were drafted by the Twins if i am not mistaken, what made you choose football rather than earning money and playing baseball? We can obviously see that you have a tremendous arm good luck in the capital one bowl. Go Badgers! Badgers for Life!!!!!
John Stocco (4:03 PM)
First off, thank you. As far as the decision. I'd always prefered playing football. I started both sports around the same time. When you get drafted in baseball as late as I was, you're not going to get much. To go to a school like this, the decision was pretty simple.
Hey, I'm from Minneapolis and watched you play at AHA - what made you decide the hated Badgers over your hometown Gophers?
John Stocco (4:04 PM)
Well, first, I wanted to get a little bit away from home. Wisconsin showed interest in me early on. I fit in good here. I loved everything about it.
rick (oshkosh wi)
do you think calhoun is gonna to go the nfl this year??? if so how will that effect the team
John Stocco (4:05 PM)
I have no idea. That's something I'm not worried about. We have enough to focus on right now, and it being coach's last game.
Jeremy Parker (Phoenix Arizona)
Wisconsin's had a decent year in a good conference. How does your offense mentally prepare for a voracious front seven on Auburn's defense. Do you think you can keep pace with Sophomre Brandon Cox and the Auburn offense?
John Stocco (4:06 PM)
They're a good football team on both sides. As far as us on offense, we can't beat ourselves. We have to play a clean game. Any time we have an opportunity, we have to cash in on it.
What was the most exciting win of the season for your team?
John Stocco (4:06 PM)
I'd have to say against Minnesota. Especially for me, coming from that area. It was great for us to come out with a win. We managed to pull out a victory. They're a huge rival for us.
what was your biggest influence to come to badger land? what effect did AD alvarez have?
John Stocco (4:08 PM)
As far as the influence, the coach that primary recruited me was Coach Huber. My QB coach, Coach Horton. All those guys are great coaches. I really felt like I fit in and wanted to be a part of the program.
John, What team would you wanna play for in the NFL?
John Stocco (4:09 PM)
(laughs) That's a long ways away for me to start thinking about. I wouldn't even care. If I had the opportunity, it would be great. But if I had to think about it, it wouldn't hurt to play for the Vikings. I think people probably won't like that. (laughs)
Zach (Montezuma, IA )
Are you taking finals? If so, how'd they go?
John Stocco (4:10 PM)
(laughs) Thanks for your concern. I'm actually not quite done yet. I have another test and a paper yet to go. It's going to be nice to get done with that so I can focus on the game.
Do you consider yourself the best overall big ten QB. If not then who is?
John Stocco (4:11 PM)
I don't really know how to answer that. As far as good QBs in the Big Ten. I've played against Tate of Iowa, Stanton at Mich. St., Robinson at Penn St. All good players. I didn't get to play against Troy Smith. There are a lot of good QBs in the Big 10
How does playing with Brian Calhoun compare with your years with Anthony Davis?
John Stocco (4:12 PM)
It's been great playing with both of those guys. They've both been great running backs for us. They have different styles. Brian is more versatile. He can catch the football. I feel lucky to have had such talent back there.
Ryan (Kansas City MO)
John, Can you tell us how hard is it to read defenses and call an audible when the noise level is loud. Do you audible more or less than you did earlier in your career?
John Stocco (4:14 PM)
I guess it depends where the game is being played. Usually, it's not too much of a problem. Usually we're well prepared. It's not too much of a problem. As far as audibles, I'm making more checks, which side we'll run the ball to.
What do you think the difference between the style of play between the SEC and the Big 10? War Eagle!
John Stocco (4:15 PM)
I think everyone talks about the speed in the SEC and I'd tend to agree with that. Most teams top to bottom, most everyone can run. In the Big 10 we have some players that can run, but in the SEC it's more top to bottom.
Andy (Rhinelander, WI)
Who would you say was your toughest opponent this season?
John Stocco (4:16 PM)
I think probably Penn State. They have a very good defense overall. They were good last year and they returned most everyone this year. I think they're a very good football team.
John, I want your pick in the national championship game
John Stocco (4:16 PM)
I'm going to have to go with USC because of their experience and Matt Leinart. They have too many playmakers.
adam (Boston MA)
What kind of things do you eat to stay in the shape your are in?
John Stocco (4:17 PM)
Ian's Pizza. (laughs) I eat pretty much anything I can get my hands on.
do you guys hear all the great chants from the student section while you are playing? Are you tempted to jump around?
John Stocco (4:18 PM)
(laughs) Yes we do. Our students have a lot of creative chants. That's something we really enjoy as players, how excited our fans get. I think we have the best fans around.
John Stocco (4:19 PM)
Thanks to everyone for coming in and the questions. Hopefully, we'll see a lot of you in Orlando!
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