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Two QBs competefor Badgers' starting job

Published August 4, 2014 10:47 pm

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Madison, Wis. • Despite the return of starter Joel Stave, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has made it clear that there is a two-person competition for quarterback as the Badgers opened training camp Monday.

Stave, who started all 13 games and guided the Badgers to a 9-4 record last season, is being challenged by dual threat Tanner McEvoy, who eventually started three games at safety last season after moving from quarterback to wide receiver.

The Badgers, who open the season Aug. 30 against LSU at Houston, held split-squad practices Monday with two different groups of players. Stave practiced in the morning with the bulk of the first-team offense, while McEvoy took part in the afternoon session with inexperienced receivers and a young offensive line.

Both quarterbacks are juniors and similar in size. Stave is listed at 6-foot-5, 220, while McEvoy is 6-6, 222. That's where the similarity ends, however. Stave is perceived to have the stronger arm and more of a pocket passer, while McEvoy is more mobile and more of a threat to run.