August 28, 2014

Andersen remains quiet on Badgers starting QB

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

The Wisconsin Badgers kick off the 2014 season against LSU in four days.  Head coach Gary Andersen said a week ago that he planned to keep the Badgers starting quarterback a secret until then and he’s sticking to that plan.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported last Friday that Tanner McEvoy will make the start on Saturday night, leaving last years starter, Joel Stave as the backup.  But Andersen on Monday maintained that the Badgers haven’t made the selection yet.

Andersen also told reporters at his Monday press conference that both quarterbacks could see playing time this season.

Andersen said, “We’ve got two quarterbacks that I think are going to help this football team throughout the year.  And whoever takes the first snap doesn’t necessarily say he is going to be the guy for the whole season.”

Stave started all 13 games for the Badgers last season, while McEvoy’s last game as a starting quarterback came in 2012 at Arizona Western College.  McEvoy did start three games at safety for the Badgers last season and played in 10 overall.

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McEvoy wins Badgers QB job

Tanner McEvoy

Tanner McEvoy

Wisconsin junior Tanner McEvoy has been tabbed the starting quarterback for the Badgers season opener against LSU at Houston next Saturday night.

McEvoy was chosen over incumbant Joel Stave, a junior who started all 13 games last season and 19 games overall.  It’s the fourth straight year that the Badgers will start with a new quarterback.  Prior to Stave last year, the Badgers used Danny O’Brien, Russell Wilson and Scott Tolzien in season openers dating back to 2010.

Coach Gary Andersen did suggest last week that both quarterbacks could see time this season, suggesting that each quarterback would have a special package of plays designed for their skills.

But the Badgers have decided the 6’6, 222 pound McEvoy gives them more of a dual threat in both the run and pass games.  Andersen has made no secret about his desire to feature a multidimensional quarterback who can attack the edges and force opponents to defend against the run and pass.


Big Ten releases conference hoops slate

The Big Ten Conference released the 2014-15 mens basketball schedule on Thursday.

The Wisconsin Badgers, who return seven of the top eight players from last season’s Final Four run, will play four of their first six games at the Kohl Center.  But they’ll also play four of their final six games on the road, including the last two at Minnesota and at Ohio State.

The Badgers finished second in the Big Ten last season at 12-6.  They’ll open league play on New Year’s Eve against Penn State at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers open their season Nov. 5 with an exhibition against UW-Parkside.  They’ll host Northern Kentucky in their regular season opener on Nov. 14.

Wisconsin will host Duke on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and will travel to Marquette a few days later (Dec. 6).


Badgers 14th in AP Pre-season poll

The Associated Press unveiled its preseason Top 25 College Football poll and the Wisconsin Badgers are ranked 14th going into their August 30th opener against L.S.U. in Houston.

Three other Big Ten teams are in the Top 25 as well.  Ohio State is ranked 5th, Michigan State is 8th and Nebraska comes in at number-22.

Florida State starts the year ranked #1, followed by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State in the top five.  The second five has Auburn at number-6, followed by UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor at number-10.


After Herring, Badgers not finding much nose guard help

NG Warren Herring

NG Warren Herring

The Wisconsin Badgers are looking for somebody to take a little bit of the workload off of starting nose guard Warren Herring.

As the Badgers complete their first week of training camp, head coach Gary Andersen isn’t having much luck.  Redshirt sophomore Arthur Goldberg, freshman Jeremy Patterson and freshman Conor Sheehy have not been able to show enough consistency to put the coaches at ease.

It’s a big enough concern that Andersen may have to ask ends Conrad Zagzebski or Jake Keefer to move inside for a few snaps.

Last year the Badgers had Beau Allen as their starter at nose guard and Herring was the backup, which proved to be a luxury.


The Badgers will hold a scrimmage on Sunday morning (11am) at Camp Randall Stadium.  Admission, as well as parking is free.  Gary Andersen is hoping to get his young players in front of a big crowd, giving them some early experience in that area, in anticipation of the season opener against LSU on Aug. 30 in Houston.