Wisconsin Football: Badgers' JUCO transfer McEvoy could start at QB

Another JUCO transfer could start for Wisconsin

6/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Gary Andersen and the new Wisconsin football staff are looking for a quarterback that fits their system and can pick up right where former coach Bret Bielema left off—en route to the Rose Bowl.Blog Photo - Wisconsin Football: Badgers' JUCO transfer McEvoy could start at QB

He'll have six players to choose from, but JUCO transfer Tanner McEvoy believes he can beat out the competition, step right in and win the job this summer.

“That’s all I’m looking for, is a chance,” McEvoy told Tom Mulhern of Madison.com. “I’ll let the coaches decide and play it out from there.”

McEvoy will get his chance. Andersen promised all JUCO transfers an opportunity to start, and he's already went out of his way to say how much he likes McEvoy's dual-threat abilities—it's the whole reason he signed him.

During his one season with Arizona Western, McEvoy completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,943 yards, 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions, adding 414 yards and six scores on the ground.

Despite just two years of experience at the quarterback positon, McEvoy's outstanding athleticism makes him an ideal candidate to run a shotgun-oriented system. He has excellent size (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash.

His throwing motion is very awkward, but he has been working on a few mechanic changes over the last few months and will continue to develop once summer camps begin.

Andersen ran a lot of read-option plays from the spread formation while at Utah State, and it's clear that he'll want to run the ball with his quarterbacks at Wisconsin. If McEvoy comes in and learns the system quickly, he'll likely earn the rights to start.

“I’m getting used to learning offenses pretty quickly,” he said. “I think I’ve had a new offense every year I’ve played football since my freshman year of high school.”
Both sophomore Joel Stave and sixth-year senior Curt Phillips are solid options, but neither have mobility and lack the consistency and downfield passing ability required to run the spread at a high level.

McEvoy is a homerun threat and resembles Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton more than any other player on the Badgers' roster.

“To be honest, I think you’d rather have a guy like him—a great athlete who is going to continue to get better—than a guy that’s polished but limited athletically,” said Nunzio Campanile, McEvoy's high school position coach and offensive coordinator.
“Those little issues he has, he’s going to make up for in playmaking ability and his ability to make plays when the play breaks down, which I would say is somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of the time you drop back, something goes wrong," he added. "He’s going to make plays, he’s going to keep plays alive. He’ll get better at those other things.”

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