March 1, 2007

Spring outlook: Quarterbacks

It's hard to imagine, but in just a couple weeks the Wisconsin Badgers football team will hit the field again for spring practice. In preparation for spring football, intends to bring fans up to speed by breaking down each playing group leading up to the first practice. In this preview we take a look at the quarterbacks.

MADISON, Wis. - Let the battle begin.

With the graduation of three-year starter John Stocco, the University of Wisconsin football team faces it's first quarterback controversy in recent memory. And in 2007, it appears the job will fall into the hands of one of two players: Allan Evridge or Tyler Donovan.

Donovan, a fifth-year senior from Arrowhead High School has been Stocco's back-up for the past three seasons. In 2006, though, he proved capable of guiding the Badgers offense with late-season victories over Iowa and Buffalo while Stocco nursed an injury to his throwing arm and ribs.

Donovan has average arm strength but is quicker and more mobile than Stocco, making him a threat to tuck the ball and run in tight coverage. He also has been in the UW system longer than any quarterback on the roster, making his knowledge and experience within the offense invaluable.

On the flip side (or the left-side) is Evridge, a Kansas State transfer who will begin spring camp with junior eligibility after sitting out all of last season. A left-hander with a lively arm, Evridge started for K-State as a redshirt freshman before choosing the Badgers over TCU and Oregon State. This is also his first year on scholarship at UW.

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