The Wisconsin Badgers haven’t named a starting quarterback for Saturday’s Big Ten home opener against Illinois. In fact, the Wisconsin depth chart lists both Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave as co-starters.
What head coach Gary Andersen does know is that both Stave and McEvoy will play. Andersen said they could also play at the same time with Stave throwing passes to McEvoy.
The 6’6 McEvoy played wide receiver in high school at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey before switching to quarterback as a senior.
McEvoy, after not earning time at quarterback last season, he moved to wide receiver and was making plays until he suffered a broken bone in his hand that forced him to wear a splint. So McEvoy moved to safety and played 10 games there.
This season at quarterback, McEvoy completed 55 of 96 passes for 629 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 4 of 10 for 24 yards and an interception last Saturday at Northwestern, before being taken out late in the first half.
Stave replaced McEvoy and went 8 for 19 for 114 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions.