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Wisconsin Badgers Spring Game: Tanner McEvoy has Opportunity to Rise Above the Rest of Quarterbacks


Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers will play their annual spring game on Saturday. With some question marks on how the roster will shape out, the biggest one happens to be at the quarterback position. For Tanner McEvoy–former safety turned hopeful quarterback–Saturday is a chance to head to the top of the list.

This is a big opportunity for McEvoy, who transferred to Madison from Arizona Western College. Although McEvoy came in as a quarterback, he was used primarily as a safety last year after Joel Stave was named starter.

Stave will be held out of the spring game due to an injured shoulder. Time to shine for Mr. McEvoy.

And Tanner has shined this spring. Head coach Gary Andersen has noticed, saying McEvoy has improved greatly.

Playing safety helped, but now he’s playing quarterback all spring. He’s had 13 practices now, and he’s got two more to go. And he’s getting the majority of the reps with the ones. And you can see him continue to grow and blossom. He makes plays. He’s a threat with his feet. The more he learns about the offense, the better he’s going to be. You get some guys back there that are athletic, he causes some issues for people.

In my honest opinion, I hope McEvoy ends up winning the starting job over Stave, Bart Houston and freshman D.J. Gillins. I’ve never been too high on Stave and I think McEvoy will be just the breath of fresh air this team will need to compliment such a fierce running attack. I’m anxious to see if McEvoy is able to put some distance between himself and the competition.

The Wisconsin Badgers spring game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, with kickoff slated for 3:00 PM CT.

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