The Wisconsin Badgers opened preseason camp Monday with an unsettled situation at quarterback.
Joel Stave, a fourth-year junior from Greenfield, started all 13 games last season but left the Capitol One Bowl with an injured right shoulder.
Stave was held out of the final week of spring practice because of pain in the shoulder and will be pushed by fourth-year junior Tanner McEvoy, who is back at quarterback after playing 11 games last season at safety and also seeing some time at wide receiver.
McEvoy, from Hillsdale, N.J., last played quarterback in 2012 at Arizona Western College, where he played a year after leaving South Carolina, where he spent one season as a redshirt.
He threw for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions at the juco level in 2012.
Stave, meanwhile, threw for 2,494 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 interceptions for the Badgers last season after beating out Curt Phillips for the starting job during preseason camp.
Stave was named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, but may not even be the best quarterback in Madison, much less the nation.
Coach Gary Andersen, in Chicago Monday for Big Ten football media days, told reporters that the battle for the starting job is on.
“It’s going to be interesting to watch,” Andersen said. “It was a great competitive battle in spring even though Joel was very limited. The kids are handling it very well amongst themselves and they’re also handling it very well amongst the team.
“As far as a timeline, I really have no timeline. I’ve been through this a few times in my career and it will all settle out just like every position battle does.”
The Badgers open the season in Houston on Aug. 30 against LSU before opening at home on Sept. 6 against Western Illinois.