August 9, 2007

Senior status a non-issue in Badgers’ starting QB job

Category: Badgers — Patrick Stumpf @ 2:41 am

Many Wisconsin Badger fans, including Tyler Donovan, went into the offseason thinking that the 5th-year senior would be the starting signal caller come September. But since talking with Badger Beat writer Jeff Potrykus from JSOnline, he assured many that the quarterback job is far from secure, especially after the emergence of junior transfer Allan Evridge. Evridge, who came over from Kansas State, completed 48% of his passes in 2005, before being surpassed by freshman phenom Josh Freeman last year. Potrykus said that while many fans expect Donovan to be “handed” the job, the Badgers will start the player who gives them the best chance to win. Donovan, the more experienced of the two, did start two games last season due to a shoulder injury that kept John Stocco sidelined. The most notable game for Donovan was his start at Iowa, where he went 17-24 for 228 yards and 2 TD’s, beating Drew Tate and the Hawkeyes 24-21. What will decide the quarterback job will be training camp, but even then, it will be difficult to determine because the two have contrasting styles. Donovan is more of a pocket passer, where Evridge has “Brooks Bollinger” type athleticism (he can beat you with his arm or legs). Whichever play-caller head coach Bret Bielema ultimately chooses, expect great things from the Badgers in 2007, with the “pound the ball” mentality Wisconsin traditionally runs. And with a returning backfield featuring PJ Hill, Lance Smith, and possibly John Clay, who can blame them?

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