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Badgers open spring practice; Stave named starting QB

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Members of the Wisconsin Badgers football team take time out of practice Sunday to watch the end of the Wisconsin-Michigan State basketball game. Members of the Wisconsin Badgers football team take time out of practice Sunday to watch the end of the Wisconsin-Michigan State basketball game.

The Wisconsin Badgers football team opened the spring practice schedule Sunday in a unique way - by watching basketball.First-year head coach Paul Chryst had the Big Ten Championship game on the jumbotron as the basketball Badgers defeated Michigan State 80-69 in overtime.

Once the excitement was over on the hardwood, the drama was far less significant on the floor. Chryst told members of the media Joel Stave will start under center. As for Tanner McEvoy, he's still splitting time, but not at quarterback - he's practicing with both the defensive backs and wide receivers.

"I think for us to be a good team, get the most out of this team, we're going to need production out of him," Chryst said of McEvoy. "I think there's certainly a need at safety and I think there's some things he can do offensively."

Stave said McEvoy did a nice job of catching the ball and it never hurts to help out in multiple ways.

"He's a big athletic guy," Stave said. "He's fast so I think he's a guy who could help us in a lot of different places."

The Badgers will host their annual spring game on Saturday, April 25.


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