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Tanner McEvoy spent time at wide receiver and safety last season but is now ready to take over the starting quarterback job.
McEvoy has been on as tumultuous a journey as almost anyone in FBS football to date. A 3-star athlete out of high school, according to ESPN.com, McEvoy signed with South Carolina, spurning Miami, Michigan and others.
After redshirting for a year, McEvoy chose to transfer, ending up at Arizona Western junior college for a season. McEvoy had his pick between Oregon, Florida, West Virginia and the Badgers but ultimately chose the place where he thought he could step in and play quarterback.
After bringing in Russell Wilson off the transfer market and watching him succeed right away, the Badgers were shown that the transfer derby doesn't always work out as Danny O'Brien was a catastrophic failure. With McEvoy, the Badgers saw early on that he wasn't ready to play quarterback and used McEvoy's unique skill set and size to fill needs throughout the roster.
Working as a wide receiver, McEvoy hurt his wrist, prompting a move to safety, a position where he actually started a game and performed as well as anyone among a group that included third-round selection Dezmen Southward and standout Michael Caputo.
McEvoy is the front-runner for the starting job due to his ability to use his legs and his arm strength. While he has a quirky delivery, which has held him back in the past, he has the ability to drive the ball down the field and has shown accuracy on the short, medium and deep balls that Stave has not.
But it is his legs that I think will push him into the starting role. McEvoy doesn't have quite the same running ability as Gillins but he can definitely run the option, something that was implemented in the spring and looked to work quite a bit.
With the threat of the option and the jet-sweep at any time, even against stacked boxes, the Badgers should still be able to run and that alone should push McEvoy into the starting role.