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McEvoy pulling double-duty returning to defense

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- The Badger football team's return to the practice field also meant the return of Tanner McEvoy to the defense.

The quarterback was seen running drills Thursday with the defense as Wisconsin began preparations for the Outback Bowl.

McEvoy, who transferred to Wisconsin as a quarterback, played safety last year for the Badgers. The junior started under center this season but was replaced by Joel Stave in the first quarter of the game against Northwestern and has not reclaimed the starting job. The Badgers have since continued to run a dual-quarterback system.

Following Thursday's practice, McEvoy said he plans to play on both sides of the ball against Auburn.

"Playing quarterback, you have to understand defenses," McEvoy said. "It's just kind of the language of what the plays are and stuff. And I remember most of the stuff from last year. I only get 'x' amount of plays playing offense, and I think the defensive coaches saw they had an opportunity just to be able to use me a little bit, just get some more length and stuff, some more bodies on defense. [Auburn has] a lot of weapons on offense, and we've got to be able to use as many players as we can to slow them down."

The Badgers are fourth in the nation in total defense this season.

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