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Scott Tolzien had started off his 2010 season with a couple of shaky performances, but rebounded nicely at home against the Sun Devils.
Going 19-of-25 for 246 yards and a big touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks to close the first half, Tolzien finished the day with a well-rounded performance.
In Wisconsin’s system, the quarterback is never asked to do much and is not expected to air it out on each and every down. What Wisconsin needs out of its quarterback is consistent, mistake-free, game-managing play.
The Badgers' quarterback proved last year that he can fill this role in the team’s offense. Tolzien finished 2009 as the most efficient passer in the Big Ten Conference, as well as the most efficient passer in Wisconsin football history.
By no means is Tolzien on track and ready to hit the ground running in Big Ten Conference play. Tolzien still appears out of sync with his receivers on some plays and is just inaccurate on others.
As with Kendricks, the steady performance on Saturday will provide something to look back on and build upon moving forward.