Is it just me, or did it seem that Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen was going to name Tanner McEvoy his starting quarterback all along?
On Friday a story broke via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal citing three different sources that McEvoy in fact would be named the starter when the Badgers take the field to kick off the season August 30th when they take on the LSU Tigers in Houston, TX. A shock to some as incumbent Joel Stave was thought to nab the starting spot simply due to his experience.
But McEvoy is the type of quarterback Andersen and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig have been looking for. His mobility is something that Andersen has been looking for to add into this offense and he has not made that secret. Both him and Ludwig want to spread the field more and become less predictable, all while keeping this offense a “run-first” offense.
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Melvin Gordon is no doubt the focal point and main attraction of the Badgers offense. Sophomore running back Corey Clement is the future. But with such a young group of receivers, Wisconsin needed to add another wrinkle to their offense. Having an athletic quarterback in McEvoy certainly provides another element and something for opposing defenses to key on.
And look at how the Badgers have been recruiting at the quarterback position. Freshman D.J. Gillins is a very athletic quarterback and made a pretty good impression in his first spring and fall practices of his college career. And then you have Austin Kafetnzis, a Badger commit who is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2015 class.
It looks to me as if Andersen is starting to put his own stamp on this Badgers offense. Wisconsin has not seen an athletic quarterback since Russell Wilson in 2011. The future of the Badgers offense is now and it looks like for the time being (as long as Gary Andersen is head coach anyways) that this offense will more of a running threat than just the running backs. If done right, this could be an exciting offense to keep and eye on.