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Starting quarterback job still up in air

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They wore neither cardinal nor white. And in their final
chance to impress their coaches before summer, the UW quarterback corps, donning
green jerseys Saturday, did just that.

“I thought the quarterbacks did an outstanding job of moving
the ball early, but threw a couple critical interceptions,” head coach Bret
Bielema said in his postgame press conference. “I was happy with what the
quarterbacks did. … They all got better. I didn’t see anybody playing terrible


Senior Allan Evridge took the field first for the Cardinal
squad — the team made up of both the?
offensive and defensive projected starters — and completed his first
pass attempt to sophomore Isaac Anderson for a 15-yard gain. Evridge looked
comfortable in the pocket and moved the ball down the field on several drives,
as he finished 7-of-12 for 137 yards.

“[My play] was OK, not where it needs to be yet,” Evridge
said. “That’s the great thing about spring; it’s just another practice. We get
to keep coming out in the summer and over the fall and keep working on it.”

Evridge’s only blemish on the day came on a deep ball
intended for sophomore David Gilreath, which was intercepted by junior
defensive back Chris Maragos.

“I knew it was going to be close when I threw it up there,
but I was hoping David would be able to get to it,” Evridge said. “But Maragos
just wanted it, and he went up and got it. It was a great play on his part. I’d
like to have that one back, [should have] just hit the check down [receiver],
but I was trying to go for a big shot. But you learn.”

Junior Dustin Sherer also played well under center Saturday,
finishing 5-of-8 for 58 yards and no interceptions.

“I played pretty well,” Sherer said. “There’s one throw I’d
like to have back, an out-route to Isaac, but I thought I did pretty well, put
the ball where it was supposed to go.”

After watching from the sidelines for three full seasons,
Sherer’s comfort level with the offense is at an all-time high.

“I feel really good, especially in this spring game, because
we don’t have much stuff in; it’s pretty vanilla, there’s not too much stuff
that we really got into,” Sherer said. “I’m real comfortable, as comfortable as
I’ve ever been.”

Many people think that the battle for the quarterback spot
is a two-person race. But according to Bielema, a new candidate has become part
of the mix.

“The guy that’s jumped out to me the last few weeks has been
Scott Tolzien,” Bielema said. “Scotty’s just been steady in there.”

Tolzien finished 4-of-8 for 61 yards and despite a pair of
interceptions, looked quite poised running the UW offense.

“I wasn’t perfect by any means,” Tolzien said. “I think I
did a decent job. I started strong, had a couple nice drives and had a turnover
to follow it up, which is no good, but overall it went pretty smooth, I

The more experience he gets, the more the sophomore
continues to improve.

“I feel really good,” Tolzien continued. “Having a year
under my belt, I’m a lot more comfortable with the plays, the guys around me,
everything, the whole atmosphere.”

Freshman Curt Phillips made his UW debut Saturday. The
Kingsport, Tenn., native completed his first pass of the day to fellow freshman
Eric Kossoris. Phillips finished the day 1-of-5 for 12 yards and no interceptions.

“It was a good experience to get out in Camp Randall and
play; it was a whole lot of fun,” Phillips said. “I’m still learning, so I
definitely wouldn’t say I’m where I want to be, but I’ve just got to get used
to it and try and get the hang of it.”

Phillips’ classmate, James Stallons, played for both teams
and threw the game’s only touchdown pass, a flag route late in the fourth
quarter to sophomore tight end Lance Kendricks.


Who’s No. 1?

One of the above-mentioned quarterbacks will succeed Tyler Donovan
as Wisconsin’s next signal caller. And according to Bielema, that spot is still
very much up for grabs.

“We probably will kind of approach it similar to what we did
a year ago, as far as naming a starter,” Bielema said. “We will get into fall
camp, see where the guys are at, see who is consistent and name a starter
probably two weeks out from the [first] game.”

It may be Evridge’s spot to lose, but Sherer remains
confident about his chances to become No. 1.

“I’m very confident; I’ve been that way ever since I’ve been
here,” Sherer said. “All that matters is what happens on the field. It’s up to [Evridge]
and I. We need to be consistent and then one of us needs to stand out, and as
soon as one does, I think that guy will be the guy.”

As for Evridge, he’s just taking things one day at a time.

“It doesn’t affect me at all if I’m No. 1, No. 2, No. 4,”
Evridge said. “I’m going to approach every practice the same way, try to get
better every day.”

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