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UW coaches say Houston is not out of QB battle


MADISON, WI (WKOW) -- Badgers football coach Gary Andersen has made it clear the quarterback battle likely will not be settled until the team runs out onto the field for the first home game on August 31.

Recent talk has surrounded sophomore Joel Stave, senior Curt Phillips and junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy as the three most likely candidates for the starting position; however, after the team's second scrimmage on Monday, coaches are now looking at other options.

Stave has been getting the majority of the reps with the starters, while McEvoy has taken some reps at wide receiver. Because the team is thin at that position, relying heavily on senior Jared Abbrederis, the 6'6' McEvoy could be a red-zone weapon.

With the sophomore taking time at receiver and possibly used as a hybrid weapon, the third quarterback position has opened up to redshirt freshman Bart Houston.

Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig acknowledged Houston has played well this fall, significantly improving from spring practice.

With all the hype surrounding McEvoy, Phillips and Stave, Houston is not a name heard much lately. But that could very quickly change.

"That's what other people keep telling me, that I'm the forgotten guy," said Houston. "I'm just out here trying to make every rep count. Everybody says I've got the strongest arm out of the six quarterbacks here. People say I'm slow or not quick. But I'm not a statue; I can move around the pocket. I'm a completely different Bart than the spring Bart....I wasn't playing smart, wasn't checking down, really didn't understand the offense. I know the playbook now, and now I can make all the reads without actually thinking about it; it's more instinct now."

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