One of the burning questions heading into the Wisconsin Badgers 2014 season is just who will be under center when they take the field against the LSU Tigers on August 30th. Will it be incumbent starter Joel Stave? Or quarterback-turned-safety-turned-quarterback Tanner McEvoy? If you ask head coach Gary Andersen, he’s not going to tell you. Yet.
Via Buckys5thquarter.com, Andersen and his staff may know who the starting quarterback is but will not name the player until the game against LSU. Going through Twitter, some people have read between the lines and might have figured out just who will be the opening game starter.
#Badgers HC Gary Andersen won’t announce starting QB before LSU game. Looks like it will be Stave.
— Jon Griffith (@JonGriffith27) August 18, 2014
GA says he’ll have “a lot” of say in who the starting QB will be. Says it’s a tactical decision. Hints that’s it’s Joel Stave. #Badgers
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 18, 2014
Now, if Andersen and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig do go with Stave under center in that first game, you would have to believe a big factor would be experience against a tough LSU defense. But that does not necessarily mean the competition is over nor does it mean McEvoy won’t see the field against the Tigers.
Like I said, if we see Stave start against LSU it’s mainly going to be because of experience. However, the competition could still be ongoing in the early stages of the season as Wisconsin will play lesser teams. Also, don’t be surprised if we see McEvoy come in for Stave as I can’t imgaine the Badgers won’t put in a few different packages to utilize McEvoy’s mobility.
Andersen not showing his hand in regards to the quarterback competition should not come as a surprise to Badger fans. If you remember last year, Wisconsin’s staff did the same thing. Although it was all but certain that Stave would be the guy.
I have been a big supporter of McEvoy and I still stand by him and hold out hope that he will be named the starter. But as each passing day and as we get closer to August 30, my gut is starting to tell me Stave will be the guy. And if he has shown as much improvement as I have seen people say he has, then I will support the decision of going with Stave. Either way, having both men leaves Andersen and Ludwig with more than a few different options.