The Wisconsin Badgers were one of the worst passing teams in college football in 2012 after a series of injuries and benchings that led to third-string quarterback Curt Phillips starting the entire second half of the season.
The Badgers have already suffered a tough couple of months after winning the Big Ten title and making the Rose Bowl for the third straight season. Head coach Bret Bielema left the team prior to the Rose Bowl to take the vacant head coach position at Arkansas. They then lost their bowl game against Stanford, their third straight bowl game in Pasadena.
Things may be looking up in Madison, however. The Badgers hired former Utah State head coach Gary Anderson to replace Bielema, and they just picked up a quarterback that may fill the void left by the three stooges at quarterback last season.
Ex-South Carolina Gamecocks commit Tanner McEvoy, after spending a year at the JUCO level, has committed to Wisconsin. He claims that his relationship with newly-appointed head coach Gary Anderson and his staff was a big reason why he chose the Badgers.
McEvoy is the top-rated dual-threat JUCO quarterback in the country and he picked Wisconsin over a wealth of other top schools.
This would be the third straight year that Wisconsin has started a quarterback that was not with the program as a freshman. First it was Russell Wilson, then Danny O’Brien and now McEvoy.
Wisconsin likes to pick up talent that other teams let go, but this time, unlike the O’Brien case, the talent may actually help the Badgers. The Badgers will likely improve on their 115th passing rank from 2012 with the new quarterback.