Want to know the Badgers starting QB? Watch the season-opener

Want to know the Badgers starting QB? Watch the season-opener
August 18, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Interested in finding out who will start at quarterback for the Badgers in their season-opener against LSU?

Well, you better tune in shortly after kickoff.

Gary Andersen made it clear after Monday's scrimmage that Wisconsin wouldn't be announcing which of the two players battling for the quarterback job is starting that game on Aug. 30 in Houston. Instead, we'll know when the Badgers offense takes the field.

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“Without watching the tape, I’d say they both did some good things," Andersen said of the quarterbacks' performance in the scrimmage. "They got put behind the sticks a few times, made some plays in the air, had some drops.

"Both those kids are still right there. Like I said a long time ago, we may know who the starter is, but we’re not going to say who the starter is until we jog out on the field for the LSU game. There’s no big announcement. Don’t make a big announcement for the right tackle, don’t make an announcement for the starting nose guard, so we’re not going to do that for the quarterback, either.”

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There you go.

The two guys fighting for that job are Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy. You might remember Stave from last season, when he served as the Badgers starter from beginning to end. He didn't light the world on fire by any means, finishing with 2,494 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had a lot of help from wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and tight end Jacob Pedersen. Both those guys have since departed, which will make the job harder for whichever of those players wins this job.

McEvoy is a junior-college transfer who spent his first season with the Badgers last year as a safety. He even started three games there.

The bright side is whoever wins gets to turn around and hand the ball to Melvin Gordon, one of the nation's best running backs.

Many are expecting Stave to retain his starting job from a year ago. But we'll have to tune in to that big game against LSU to find out for sure.