Heading into the 2014 college football season, the Wisconsin Badgers have a couple of question marks to answer about their team. One of the biggest questions they’re facing is who will be their starter at quarterback, incumbent Joel Stave or quarterback-turned safety-turned quarterback Tanner McEvoy?
Right now both men are in a very competitive battle according to Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart caught up with Ludwig and asked about the quarterback position being an open competition.
It is a real competitive position. We feel very confident in Joel’s (Stave) experience and where he is right now. It was unfortunate he missed most of the spring, but it was a great opportunity for Tanner McEvoy to get the bulk of the reps with the No. 1 offense.
But Badger fans, don’t expect an exact date to be set for the starter to be named. Ludwig and head coach Gary Andersen have not talked about setting a timeline just yet.
Coach (Gary Andersen) and I haven’t talked about putting a time line on it. You’d like (to make a decision) at least 10 days before the opener. Maybe it will clear itself up sooner. Maybe there will be separation and we’ll move on from there.
Last season, Stave threw for 2,494 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. McEvoy transferred from junior college in Arizona to Wisconsin to challenge for the starting quarterback position last year. But McEvoy struggled and was moved to safety where he shined. The competition will come down to Stave’s arm versus McEvoy’s legs.
The Badgers kickoff the season against LSU on Saturday, August 30 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.