The annual Wisconsin Badgers spring game is in the books. With many players fighting for a spot on the depth chart, the biggest fight may come at the quarterback position. Head coach Gary Andersen knows it will be a fight heading into fall camp.
Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are the two quarterbacks who will be competing for the top spot on the depth chart. Unfortunately for Stave, he was shut down earlier in the week and missed the spring game. Will he be ready come fall camp? More than likely yes, but McEvoy has elevated his game enough that this is going to come down to which player wants it more.
And coach Andersen knows it’s going to be a battle. After the spring game, he was asked about the starting quarterback position and if it is in fact Stave and McEvoy battling for the top spot:
But I’m proud of both quarterbacks. I’m proud of Joel. Joel fought like crazy. He’s got an injury, and it’s hard to deal with and we expect him to be better. He’s got a great attitude, so does Tanner, and it will be a fight.
I like seeing this between two competitors. Stave has seen first-hand just how well McEvoy has elevated his level of play. Last year when McEvoy transferred from Arizona Western College to Madison, he just wasn’t ready to step in under center. This season is an entirely different story, as McEvoy is ready as he’s ever been to be the Badgers signal caller.
My personal choice would be McEvoy, but maybe this type of competition is just what the doctor ordered for Stave to elevate his game. Hopefully his shoulder will be fully healed and we see a true battle for the quarterback position.