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Quarterback competition to be continued following Badgers first scrimmage

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Neither quarterback Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoy completely stole the show in the Badgers first scrimmage. Both quarterbacks struggled early to complete passes, but both recovered to complete a pair of touchdown passes. Stave has the experience, with 19 starts under his belt, and you get the sense he has the upper hand.

"Joel's done a nice job. He's poised, he's confident. He loves to compete," head coach Gary Andersen said. 

"I think he's handling his team and I think on the flip side Tanner's doing the same thing."

McEvoy offers a running ability at the quarterback position that Stave simply does not provide. Through a week of camp, it doesn't seem McEvoy has proven enough with his arm for the coaches to give him the starting job. Andersen values McEvoy's athletic ability, which may allow McEvoy to find the field, even if he doesn't win the starting job.

"If we played a game today we'd have some scenarios where we would want to be a multiple offense. If that means another guy has to get under center once in awhile to make us more multiple for people having to prepare, then so be it," Andersen said.

Running backs Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement were limited during the scrimmage, while freshman Taiwan Deal was held out due to a minor injury.

The biggest statement of the scrimmage was made by freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone. Galianone missed his first kick, but then drilled a 55-yarder, drawing a roar from the crowd of 5,000 fans.

"We put him in this situation today and the first one he missed when he kicked it and he came back and made every one in a row so he's an impressive young man," Andersen said.

In 20 days the Badgers take the field in Houston against LSU. There's no doubt the Badgers still have plenty of work to do, but Andersen seemed satisfied with his team to this point in camp.

"I think we've made progress. We're very youthful. We have a long ways to go, but I feel good where we are after one week of camp, Andersen said."

The Badgers scrimmage again on Monday, August 18.

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