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Report: Wisconsin to start Tanner McEvoy at quarterback

Report: Wisconsin to start Tanner McEvoy at quarterback Photo: John Fisher/Associated Press

The Wisconsin coaching staff has decided to start Tanner McEvoy at quarterback in the Aug. 30 season opener against LSU, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

McEvoy, a transfer from Arizona Western College, took reps at quarterback last summer before playing 10 games at safety during the 2013 season.

The redshirt junior switched to quarterback in the spring and worked with the first team unit while Joel Stave, also a redshirt junior, continued his recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.

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In 13 starts last season, Stave passed for 2,494 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. McEvoy, who rushed for 414 yards and six touchdowns at Arizona Western, is considered a more adept runner than Stave.

The Badgers, who finished 9-4 last season, are ranked No. 14 in the preseason Associated Press Poll and were picked in an informal media poll to finish first in the Big Ten West division.

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