The can't-miss prospect in the NFL draft is a quarterback out of Wisconsin.

(Pause for double-take.)

What in the name of Tyler Donovan is going on?

Maybe the better question is this: What in the likeness of Tyler Donovan is going on?

In the upcoming Kevin Costner movie "Draft Day," the likely No. 1 pick in pro football's annual college draft is Bo Callahan, a Wisconsin quarterback portrayed by Josh Pence.

But in the movie, which opens April 11, you'll see highlights of Donovan, who started for the Badgers late in 2006 and all of 2007, playing against Ohio State.

In that Nov. 3, 2007, game at Ohio State, Donovan was sacked nine times but on one play escaped the pressure to deliver a pass to the end zone on which tight end Travis Beckum made a diving catch.

Now watch the movie trailer and spot the same play used at the 52-second mark:

In "Draft Day," of course, that will be Bo Callahan showing his toughness in taking a hit after getting the pass away, but only because UW-Madison's trademark and licensing director approved after asking for some changes in the script.

According to a UW news story, Cindy Van Matre reviewed a copy of the script when deciding whether to allow usage of the game footage. The film originally was going to make note of UW-Madison's "party-school image," and Van Matre said the school initially declined.

But director Ivan Reitman agreed to revise the script to put the school in a better light, and permission was granted.

The studio paid $2,500 for the clip, UW's news service reported, with it being split between the athletic and financial aid departments.

Wisconsin has never had a quarterback selected before the third round in the NFL draft (Russell Wilson in 2012), but Donovan said he hopes the movie gives the Badgers a boost at the position.

"It will give some really good exposure to UW," Donovan, now working for an investment company in Chicago, told the UW news service. "I really like to see that, especially at the quarterback position."

Todd D. Milewski has worked for The Capital Times since 2003, covering development, data and sports in addition to working with video and multimedia projects.

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(7) comments


The badgers have had ONE exceptional QB since the early 1960's, and suddenly, fans think that our beloved badgers have become QuarterBackU! Wilson was (and probably will continue to be) an excellent QB. His skills were already developed and defined LONG before he came to Madison. What helped Wilson shine was the fact that he was playing behind a huge and talented OL and he had some excellent running backs. You gotta love the humor in the idea that a Wisconsin QB could be a number one pick! (w8rh3wk5; My first thought was the same as for the UW...zilch for the 'number one pick'.) Go bucky!!


Badger QB as a #1?? Yup, it's a movie all right


I would imagine no money for Donovan's who's likeness is being used!!!! And you wonder why these "student athletes" want to unionize

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

I have never been parted from my money for a Kevin Costner movie, don't see it happening here either.


Ya, that's because you're saving your pennies for the sequel to 'sheeplish in seattle' or 'you've got mail'...gotta luv those meg ryan flicks....

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

I DO like Meg Ryan, no relation to Paul LIEN Ryan!


Gotta love a good comedy film

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