QBs try to impress for Wisconsin starting job

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm •  Published: August 10, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Returning starter Joel Stave and dual-threat challenger Tanner McEvoy each played to their strengths, though neither quarterback gained much separation in their dual for Wisconsin's starting job during an open scrimmage Sunday.

Stave started all 13 games and guided the Badgers to a 9-4 record in an inconsistent 2013 season. McEvoy is getting another shot at quarterback after playing the final 10 games last year at safety. Each candidate threw two touchdown passes Sunday in one of two open scrimmages of training camp that coach Gary Andersen had indicated could go a long way in determining the starter.

Stave and McEvoy, both juniors, had about the same number of plays, but Stave had more than twice as many passing attempts.

"No plan to have one guy throw the ball more or throw the ball less as we walked into it," Andersen said. "We have done that in certain practices. They're throwing the ball when they get the opportunity by down and distance and that's just how the scrimmage went."

Operating from a variety of field positions, Stave completed 10 of 18 passes with scoring passes of 23 and 4 yards. McEvoy missed his first three passes, but completed his final four, including touchdowns of 21 and 12 yards.

"Again, they're competing well against each other," Andersen said. "It's a great situation to be in."

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