5 Tanner McEvoy, 6-6, 223, Jr., Hillsdale, N.J.
2 Joel Stave, 6-5, 225, Jr., Greenfield
7 D.J. Gillins, 6-3, 185, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.
13 Bart Houston, 6-4, 217, So. Dublin, Calif.
14 Connor Senger, 5-10, 175, Fr., Milwaukee
12 Thad Armstrong, 6-3, 194, So., Ottawa, Ill.
McEvoy was the surprise winner of the quarterback derby, but UW coach Gary Andersen said both McEvoy and Stave will play. McEvoy has struggled in the passing game at times, but he's got the running skills that Andersen desires in a quarterback. Stave is 13-6 in Stave’s 19 career starts. His 3,598 career passing yards at the midway point of his career already rank 10th all-time at UW, and his career completion percentage of 61.1 is fourth. But he needs to improve at hitting receivers in stride and his running skills are lacking. Andersen hasn't ruled out Gillins playing this season, though the coaching staff would prefer to redshirt him. Gillins showed promise during camp, particularly on scrambles.
By the numbers
50 Stave’s national rank in pass efficiency rating last season (138.1).
McEvoy is accurate enough with his arm and productive enough with his feet that defenses have to respect him as a dual-threat. Stave takes his demotion in stride and helps in the passing game when needed.
Defenses realize McEvoy is a one-trick pony and force him to put the ball in the air. Stave loses his confidence or regresses without Jared Abbrederis and Jacob Pedersen to turn to in obvious passing situations. The end result is defenses stacking the box and leaving UW’s talented tailbacks with no room to run.