Wisconsin doesn’t plan to name a starting quarterback until game day, but the decision has apparently been made and word has leaked.
Citing three anonymous sources, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy will start against LSU in the season opener Aug. 30 from Houston’s NRG Stadium.
The more run-centric McEvoy and incumbent starter Joel Stave, a pocket passer, battled for the starting job through spring practice and fall camp. Coach Gary Andersen last week said he would not name a starter until game day.
Andersen has suggested that both QBs could play in certain packages.
McEvoy, a transfer last year from Arizona Western College, was moved from quarterback to safety before last season. He played 10 games at safety, with three starts. He returned to quarterback in the spring and closed drills with the No. 1 offense after Stave was sidelined with right shoulder pain.
McEvoy, a 6-foot-6, 222-pounder from New Jersey, passed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 414 yards and six touchdowns in his lone season as the starter at Arizona Western.
Stave started all 13 games last season. He passed for 2,494 yards and 22 touchdowns and threw 13 interceptions.
LSU is in the midst of a similar quarterback battle. Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are competing to be the starter.
Coach Les Miles hinted that he doesn’t plan to announce a starter until late next week.
Miles and LSU are well aware of Wisconsin’s quarterback battle. The Tigers have been studying tape for the last few months.
“We’ve looked at them a bunch in the summer time,” Miles said earlier during fall camp.
Miles said coaches watched McEvoy’s spring game.
“He has the ability to throw and run,” Miles said.
The coach said his defense during practice is competing against a similar quarterback. Jennings and Harris are both athletic QBs who can move.
“Good news is we’re preparing for a mobile quarterback with our defense when we line up against our team,” Miles said.