Friday, August 22, 2008

Evridge Named Starting QB

As expected, Allan Evridge will be the University of Wisconsin football team's starting quarterback when the Badgers open the season Aug. 30 against Akron at Camp Randall Stadium.
Evridge, a fifth-year senior, beat out junior Dustin Sherer and sophomore Scott Tolzien for the starting spot.
``He's definitely got a lot of ability that he's able to use,'' UW coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday. ``And what he's been able to do during these first couple weeks of camp is just separate himself (by) being able to manage and handle the game.
``We want him to make good decisions. We don't need him to be an all-star. We just need to make the plays that are out there (and) make the right throws.''
A transfer from Kansas State, Evridge sat out the 2006 per NCAA transfer rules and spent last season as Tyler Donovan's backup. He appeared in seven games, completing 5-of-12 passes for 66 yards.
Evridge missed part of training camp with a hamstring injury and looked shaky during last Saturday's scrimmage. However, neither Sherer nor Tolzien did enough in camp to move past Evridge, who threw for 1,365 yards and six touchdowns -- both school records for freshman -- at Kansas State in 2005.
Sherer is listed as Evridge's backup.
``Obviously, we listed a two-deep, but really Dustin Sherer, Scott Tolzien and (freshman) James Stallons are kind of in a competition mode even as we speak,'' Bielema said.
``If we had to play a game (Thursday), Dustin would be the guy based on experience.''
Bielema also announced the team's four captains, all seniors: fullback Chris Pressley and right guard Kraig Urbik on offense, and tackle Mike Newkirk and linebacker DeAndre Levy on defense.
Elsewhere on the depth chart, junior Matt Fischer and freshman Philip Welch are listed as co-starters at kicker.
David Gilreath is listed as the starter at one wide receiver spot, while Maurice Moore and Kyle Jefferson are listed as co-starters on the other side.
Jaevery McFadden is listed at the starter at middle linebacker, ahead of Culmer St. Jean.
Freshman Mario Goins is listed as the starter at one cornerback position, while senior Allen Langford and sophomore Niles Brinkley are listed as co-starters at the other corner spot.
O'Brien Schofield is listed as the starter at defensive end opposite Matt Shaughnessy.

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