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Stave, McEvoy both prepare to play

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 Four days prior to the Big Ten home opener, the Badgers still do not have a starting quarterback. Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave said Tuesday they split the practice reps evenly. That could be an indication of how their workload will be split up against Illinois. Gary Andersen has said he plans to play both quarterbacks this week.

McEvoy lost control of the starting job in the second quarter at Northwestern. The junior was only throwing for 126 yards per game as the starter. He says he's not sure how much the coaching staff plans to use him moving forward.

"I mean Joel and I we understand the deal. We're competing but we're helping each other at the same time. I mean, we've just got to accept the challenge and just go out there and execute and just push each other to make each other better and make the team better."

The two quarterbacks have very different skill sets. McEvoy's strength is his mobility. He has rushed for 57 yards per game. Meanwhile, Stave is a better passing option. The coaching staff is hoping to cater to those strengths without changing the offense too much for each quarterback. Stave says he's not entirely sure how that will be done.

"I think me and Tanner can both do really good things. We're both very good quarterbacks. So, I think, if used correctly, I can't say I know exactly how that is or how it's going to work. I think we have the players and the system who can make it work."

Andersen did open the possibility of both quarterbacks playing at the same time. Likely, that would mean McEvoy lining up at receiver. However, he says he hasn't taken any practice reps at that position.

The Badgers host Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday

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