Report: McEvoy, not Stave, will be Badgers' starting quarterback

Report: McEvoy, not Stave, will be Badgers' starting quarterback
August 22, 2014, 1:15 pm
Vinnie Duber

Well, this is surprising.

Though Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen made it clear there would be no announcement of the team's starting quarterback before the offense takes the field in the Aug. 30 season-opener against LSU, the Badgers appear to have decided on who will be under center.

According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus, Tanner McEvoy has won the starter's job over Joel Stave.

The news is a little surprising, as many believed Stave, who started every game for the Badgers last season, would retain his starting job. Stave's numbers weren't terrific in 2013, but they weren't bad, either. He passed for 2,494 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Accompanied by weapons such as wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, tight end Jacob Pedersen and the running-back tandem of Melvin Gordon and James White, Wisconsin's offense was plenty dangerous with Stave at the helm.

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Many of those weapons are gone now, though, with Gordon being the only returnee among those four names.

A redshirt junior, McEvoy started his college career at South Carolina before transferring to a community college in Arizona. He transferred to Wisconsin ahead of last season. He competed for the quarterback job but ended up switching to wide receiver. He switched spots again, moving to safety after a wrist injury, and played in 10 games with three starts on the defensive side of the ball. Now he's back at quarterback and seems to be set to start under center vs. LSU.

While in Arizona, McEvoy threw for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 414 yards and six touchdowns. McEvoy was a decorated high school quarterback in New Jersey, earning the Garden State's player of the year honors in 2010.