July 31, 2007

Bielema tips hat in quarterback front-runner

The University of Wisconsin football team returns nine seniors on offense in 2007, so there was little suspense during fall camp as to whom the majority of the starting unit would consist of.

However, one position that was unsettled, both at the start and conclusion of spring camp, was quarterback, where senior Tyler Donovan and junior transfer Allan Evridge were battling for one spot at the reigns of the UW offense.

"The competition that they have going now, I really am a firm believer that anytime you have competition it brings the best out of people," head coach Bret Bielema said Tuesday at the Big Ten media conference in Chicago. "Tyler was able to go into a hostile environment last year and get a victory, at my Alma matter Iowa). To win that first game as a starter is huge and he came back and won the Buffalo game and the way he handled himself during that two-week stretch, it is very hard for me as a head coach to envision him not being the guy, he has a lot of advantages over Allan."

Those words were possibly the most concrete indications Badger fans have heard in the quarterback race thus far. It was always believed Donovan carried a slight edge based on experience, but it appears Bielema was tipping his hat a bit before the start of fall camp.

"The thing I like about Allan is that he came in our program and paid his way the first semester, really wanted to be involved with the program and bought into what we are trying to do," Bielema said. "He came from a very different system at Kansas State and Dustin Sherer, our third string guy had a real good spring, so there is probably three guys, but I expect that sometime during camp we will go ahead and make a move, whatever that will be."

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