Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave has been temporarily shut down due to a condition similar to the "yips." With his departure, the Badgers QB depth chart may be thin on experience.
Their current starter, Tanner McEvoy, is a converted safety who had his first start against LSU this past week, completing eight of his 24 passes for 50 yards and throwing two interceptions. Their No. 2 QB Bart Houston has played in all of two college football games with only one pass attempt. Their third-string quarterback D.J. Gillins is a freshman who was on the scout team until Tuesday.
In preparation of Saturday's game against Western Illinois, WIsconsin is giving all three quarterbacks practice time in the possibility they might see the field. Ideally, Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson hopes to redshirt Gillins, but might be forced to use him depending on Stave's return.
For now, the Badgers will try to have all three QBs ready in case they see the field Saturday or in the coming weeks.
"The coordination of the scheme takes time," offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said. "It is a young group on the perimeter with youthful players and a new quarterback.
"There is much improvement to be made on our end of it regardless of who we were playing. And that was a very good opponent. But we've got to judge ourselves, and it wasn't good enough."
MG on McEvoy: "Tanner is better than what the stats showed Sat., but I have the utmost confidence that he can make plays to help us win."— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) September 1, 2014