It looks as though the Wisconsin Badgers could have two quarterbacks playing in the not-so-distant future. Tanner McEvoy had a nightmare performance against LSU, but will be the starter Saturday against LSU. But Joel Stave could be in the discussion and playing very soon.
Meeting with the media Monday in Madison, head coach Gary Andersen said there will be opportunities for both to play.
As we go through time, and we went through last week’s practice, it was obvious that it was a situation that Tanner needed to be involved. And Joel’s going to be involved. It’s just the right time, the right situation, of making sure everything is where it needs to be, for him to be able to be part of the offense and be involved in the offense.
And we need two quarterbacks. Sooner or later you’ll have to have them both. Tanner is the starter today, but Joel’s going to fight like crazy to get some reps. There’s opportunity to present itself for Tanner to be able excuse me, for Joel to come in and play, so be it.
Andersen went on to say that although it is not an open competition, opportunities exist for both of them.
I’m not saying it’s an open competition, but both quarterbacks have an opportunity. And we’ll need them both to be able to play. This team can handle that and both those kids can handle that without any problem.
I was behind McEvoy from the beginning and even after the less than stellar performance against the Tigers, I am still behind him. Andersen wants to talk opportunities, well McEvoy has a great opportunity to bounce back against FCS Western Illinois.
Doubters will argue that it’s a weak FCS school. That’s fine, but a big performance will only help the young mans confidence. And as the schedule goes on, it does get progressively harder which could help McEvoy’s progression.
Either way, opportunity is knocking on Stave’s door. A mediocre performance from Tanner and Stave could find himself right back in the starting role.
This is the biggest opportunity for both men. Time for one of them to step up to plate and deliver.