THE OTHER SIDE: Tanner McEvoy
Why he’s good: Tanner McEvoy is plenty of things. Well, at least he used to be. After arriving on Wisconsin’s campus in the summer of 2013 following a season where he led Arizona Western College to its first bowl victory in 40 years, McEvoy switched roles. Before the Badgers’ season opener against UMass, McEvoy was listed as a wide receiver. After a wrist injury, he switched over to safety, making three starts in 10 games. Now he’s back at quarterback. Obviously, he is athletic and versatile.
Biggest obstacle: There were 2,984 fans in attendance for the El Toro Bowl back in 2012 when he quarterbacked Arizona Western to victory. When he takes his first snap Saturday night, he’ll perform in front of more than 70,000 people in NRG Stadium. The pressure will certainly be on.
He said it: “I’ve been playing football all my life, and I don’t think it will be overwhelming or anything. It’s a big crowd, but it’s fun and that’s what I signed up for. It’s a big school. That’s why I came here.”
—McEvoy discussing Saturday’s game with Madison.com.
Number to know: Watch for McEvoy’s dual-threat ability — he ran for 472 yards and six touchdowns while at Arizona Western.
“It went over the head of the punter. It was beautiful. We told him that we wanted to make (the punter) feel Australian. In Australia, you kick a ball, and it sometimes hit the ground, and when you go to field the ball, it hits the ground.”
—LSU coach Les Miles, discussing junior long snapper Reid Ferguson’s first snap in Tiger Stadium.
Les Miles was able to keep it hidden all through preseason camp. He still hasn’t named a starting quarterback for Saturday night’s opener against Wisconsin. Then again, Miles did say that both sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris would get playing time against the Badgers, and several players have said both quarterbacks have their own specific packages.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
11 — The number of consecutive season openers LSU has won since 2003. It is a school record.
13 — Complete passes thrown in college by LSU quarterbacks. They all belong to Jennings, who threw them last season.
35 — The number of consecutive wins Les Miles has against nonconference teams.