Wisconsin Football Position Battles to Watch For in the Spring Game

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Oct 25, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Bart Houston (13) during warmups prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Heading into the spring game, Joel Stave has pretty much locked up the starting gig at quarterback. Tanner McEvoy is no longer at the position, although he will likely see some snaps on offense (more about that late).

Stave brings the most experience of anyone at the position to the table, and he’s won big games for the Badgers in the past.

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Behind Stave, Wisconsin is looking at a group of unproven guys to step up and offer some competition.

The incoming freshmen — Alex Hornibrook and Austin Kafentzis — have impressed so far, especially Hornibrook. Other guys like D.J. Gillins, Bart Houston, Thad Armstrong and Connor Senger are all looking to make an impact, as well.

Early indications are Gillins, Houston and Hornibrook are the leaders to compete for a backup role, but anything is possible.

At this point, it’s a crowded group of players — and that’s a good thing.

Wisconsin’s biggest weakness last season was the quarterback play, and hopefully the large group of QB’s competing for playing time will push the group to get better as a whole.

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