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Report: McEvoy, not Stave, to start for Badgers vs. LSU

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This one probably qualifies as the biggest surprise in all of the quarterback competitions waged throughout various summer camps this month.

Citing three sources, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Tanner McEvoy will start at quarterback in Wisconsin’s season opener against LSU in Houston.  McEvoy and the incumbent, Joel Stave, have been fighting for the starting job throughout spring practice and on into camp.

Stave started all 13 games for the Badgers last season, while the 6-6, 222-pound McEvoy was moved to safety — played in 10 games, started three — before returning to quarterback in the spring.  Stave is the dictionary-definition of a pocket-passer, while McEvoy possess the ability to beat a team with both his arm and his legs.  It was likely that dual-threat ability that played a significant role in the reported decision.

If the report comes to fruition — UW coaches have been very tight-lipped about the starter and don’t plan on announcing one prior to the opener — it would continue what’s been a very strange football odyssey for McEvoy.

In early August of 2012, South Carolina announced that McEvoy had decided to transfer from the Gamecocks.  The announcement came a week or so after the player was arrested on alcohol-related charges.

After spending the 2012 season at the JUCO level, McEvoy signed with Wisconsin in February of 2013.  Prior to being moved to the other side of the ball, McEvoy was the victim of an on-campus mugging last July.

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19 Responses to “Report: McEvoy, not Stave, to start for Badgers vs. LSU”
  1. nawlinssaints1956 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:28 PM

    Manziel could not beat LSU with his legs; McEvoy won’t either…

  2. wick0926 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:37 PM

    As a badger fan I am really excited about this. GA knew what he had with Stave, pure pocket passer, with very inconsistent accuracy.

    McEvoy from what I have heard might still have accuracy problems, but is very mobile and that will open a lot of things of up on offense.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:59 PM

    Hopefully, this high risk move results in a win for Wisconsin against LSU.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 22, 2014 5:22 PM

    I can’t wait…. 1 more week.

  5. barkleyblows says: Aug 22, 2014 6:28 PM

    Lol stave is flat out terrible. This shouldn’t have taken so long. Unreal

    On Wesconsen!!

  6. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 22, 2014 7:10 PM

    Keep dreaming buckeye blowhard. LSU will blow Wisconsin out 31-13.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:05 PM

    Regarding brownsmakemecrazy:

    It looks like brownsmakemecrazy has decided to troll Wisconsin. Usually, he just makes rude, ignorant and hateful comments about Ohio State. You will have to forgive him. He obviously had a troubled childhood and is having a miserable life. His only outlet is to troll the B1G and the Buckeyes in particular.

  8. nawlinssaints1956 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:38 PM

    You may think he is trolling (which makes no sense because this is a national site), but he is correct…

  9. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 22, 2014 9:39 PM

    I came on here because it involves LSU. And what did I find a myopian former Suckeye mascot that got rolled by the Ohio U BobCat.

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:20 PM

    @ nawlinssaints:
    I’ve read many of his comments. They are always trolling statements. He even trolls the Browns. He doesn’t actually have a college team. He merely hypes the SEC and denigrates the B1G. He is particularly hateful towards tOSU.

    @ brownsmakemecazy:
    I’ve told you before that what the Ohio Bobcat did was hysterical. You, sir, are a miserable excuse for a human being. Hate is you specialty. You really should seek help or you will die a friendless and lonely man.

  11. southernpatriots says: Aug 23, 2014 7:54 AM

    I thought Wisconsin would wait until Friday the day before the game to announce the starting QB?

    Probably, as with LSU, Wisconsin will play both QBs in game.

    LSU will play both Jennings and Harris to see if one can excel beyond the other for a starting spot next game, since Coach Les Miles has stated that neither has performed well enough so far to separate himself from the other.

    This will be the first look we have at the numerous new talent which came on the team to replace the huge exodus of talent to the NFL in the off season. This stretch of no college football in the off season has been brutal.

    Let’s get it on guys!

    Allons les Tigres!

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 23, 2014 11:44 AM

    All you do is follow me around brutussuckeye2011 and jrs45.

    Why don’t you stay on the Suckeye sites where everyone blows sunshine up the Suckeyes a $$ and tells them how great they are because they beat a MAC plus schedule. I wouldn’t watch football if all I had to choose from was Little 14 football.

    The Spelling Bee is more exciting than Little 14 football.

  13. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 23, 2014 1:30 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    I am a Buckeye fan who roots for all other B1G teams when they play outside of the conference. It should be expected that I read all related posts. You are a B1G troll with a special hatred towards tOSU. It seems to me that you are the one who has no business posting comments on B1G related articles. The least you could do is to keep your venomous comments to yourself.
    You don’t even root for any particular college team. Several people have asked you to identify your team, but you refuse to do so. I truly feel sorry for people that let hatred dominate their lives.

  14. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 23, 2014 5:19 PM

    Too bad. I do hate Suckeye State and the Little 14. If you don’t like it shut up punk. I’m free to hate whoever I want including you and your sorry overhyped, overrated team and conference.

    Grow up and stop being an immature baby.

  15. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 23, 2014 6:09 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    Just in case you missed John Taylor’s comment after you trolled the volcano post:

    “John Taylor says:
    Aug 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    @brownsmakemecrazy: I’ve watched and let this go on long enough, probably waaay too long. Your act is getting old, tired and played out. Cease and desist this one-trick pony spit. You’ve been warned.”

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 23, 2014 11:01 PM

    Typical Suckeye State crybaby.

    @ John Taylor i see about 3 people cooment on your lame articles. You as an employee of this site ought to be ashamed that you would actually comment on smack tht has nothing to do with you.

    You need to cease and desist your meddling on smack between fans.

    For the record, Suckeye State fans are arrogant, ignorant, and troll the most iut of any fan base in the countey.

    Its not my fault they are ignorant.

    I will not be threatened by some idiot, incompetent sports writer.

  17. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 24, 2014 12:35 AM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:
    We really need to end these unpleasant messages between you and Buckeye fans. I would be willing to sit down with you to work out a peace plan. When are the visiting hours at your asylum?

  18. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 24, 2014 8:09 AM


    Invitation denied loser. Like I said go to the Suckeye fan sites and talk about how great your scrub team is.

    Go back in your hole stalker. Go cry to John Taylor and his horrible articles that no one cares about. His 3 comment avg per article written I’m sure is making his employer do cartwheels. His 0 and 1 comment posts comprise about 15 percent of his articles, an alarmingly high percentage for an author. That means no one cares about his crappy articles I.e. about to be canned until he ups his readership.

    If I were him I wouldn’t worry about me, I would be more concerned with keeping my job.

    Only an insecure clown would worry about smack that has nothing to do with himself.

    Tuck your ears in rabbit

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 25, 2014 10:02 AM

    I just scored tickets to this game…. Can’t wait! Watching Aggies v S. Carolina on Thursday on the SECN, going to first game in TDECU Stadium history on Friday, and going to a great matchup between LSU and Wisc. on Saturday at NRG.

    God I can’t wait for this weekend to start.

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