Wisconsin, LSU playing QB games before opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm •  Published: August 27, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin hasn't officially named a starting quarterback. LSU has declared it will use two.

It might be that Wisconsin and LSU are both really that undecided about the starting quarterback job. Or both teams might really go with a two-QB system.

Welcome to the coaching chess match before the high-profile season opener between the No. 14 Badgers and No. 13 Tigers on Saturday night in Houston.

"I hope I'm in," said Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy. "I'm going to be ready if my number is called ... Whatever they ask, I'll go out there and do."

That includes keeping in line with coach Gary Andersen declining to publicly name a starter. This despite the reports last week that McEvoy was the pick over incumbent Joel Stave. Rumors floated on social media that Andersen said were fueled in part by a fake Twitter account.

Finally, star running back Melvin Gordon this week let out the worst-kept secret in Madison, apparently by mistake.

"I think Joel's a great player, people definitely overlook him," Gordon said. "But, even though Tanner was named the starter, I think Joel will continue to work and wait for his chance."

All of this has forced the Tigers to devote attention to two different kinds of quarterbacks — and that might be just as important to the Badgers as anything else.

The 6-foot-6 McEvoy went to South Carolina for a year before transferring to Arizona Western College. He arrived at Wisconsin in 2013 and got moved to receiver before shuffling to safety following a wrist injury.

McEvoy is considered more athletic than Stave, who has the edge in experience.

"So we are really preparing for both guys. But I think somebody said that Tanner McEvoy may well be the starter," Tigers coach Les Miles said. "Doesn't make any difference at this point. We're preparing for what is Wisconsin's best."

Miles plans to play both sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. Jennings was the backup last year as a freshman to Zach Mettenberger.

Harris challenged Jennings in spring drills and preseason camp after enrolling in January.

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