this Sept. 14, 2013, file photo, Wisconsin head
coach Gary Andersen complains to officials during
the second half in an NCAA college football game
against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.
— No. 14 Wisconsin won't disclose its starting
quarterback until he jogs on to the field for the season
opener on Aug. 30 against No. 13 LSU.
decision was relayed Monday by coach Gary Andersen
following the team's second scrimmage, which lasted about
60 to 70 snaps. Andersen said that returning starter Joel
Stave and challenger Tanner McEvoy had solid efforts in a
scrimmage that included three offensive turnovers and one
will sit down with offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and
make a decision about the starting job within the next few
days, but he doesn't plan to share it.
no big announcement," Andersen said. "We don't
make a big announcement for the right tackle, don't make a
big announcement for the starting nose guard and we're not
going to do that for the quarterback, either."
same way Andersen handled the quarterback competition last
preseason before going with Stave.
junior who played 10 games at safety last season, improved
consistency during the second week of camp. Stave, who
threw 22 touchdowns in helping Wisconsin to a 9-4 record
in 2013, has been the front-runner.
McEvoy's running skills, the Badgers coaching staff will
draw up packages to make the most of his mobility, even if
he doesn't get the starting nod.
choice to not name the starter is more a tactical
decision, as opposed to a philosophical one for Andersen,
who said if people have observed practices, they'd likely
be able to tell who the starter would be. Stave, also a
junior, has a slight edge with performance and more reps
with the No. 1 offense.
think you could probably sit down and watch practice and
see the direction it's headed," Andersen said.
Gillins, a 6-foot-3, 201-pound freshman quarterback from
Jacksonville, Florida had a strong showing at Monday's
scrimmage, according to Andersen. There is a chance
Gillins could redshirt, depending on the team's
effectiveness and direction at the position.
said is optimistic with the Badgers' overall health,
especially considering at least 16 players dealt with
injuries, bumps and bruises last week.
receiver Jordan Fredrick and fullback Derek Watt
participated in portions of Monday's scrimmage, though
Andersen said he sat five to seven of his defensive
starters, including linebackers Marcus Trotter, Michael
Trotter and Derek Landisch, to preserve their health.
were a number of guys that could've gone today if we
needed them defensively for LSU instructional
purposes," Andersen said, "but we're going to be
real close firing at all cylinders as long as we stay
healthy the rest of the way through."