Tanner McEvoy does it all for Wisconsin.
McEvoy started last season's Week 1 matchup with LSU at quarterback. He's started the first two games this season at wide receiver. He'll start this week's game against Troy at both wide receiver and free safety.
Anything else we can find for McEvoy to do Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium? Kicker? Athletic trainer? Play-by-play announcer? Sousaphone player? Hot dog vendor? Bucky?
Yes, McEvoy is the Big Ten's latest two-way player. Now, he's officially a two-way starter, listed at No. 1 on this week's depth chart at both wide receiver and free safety.
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And it's safe to say he earned it after last week's win over Miami (Ohio), where he played a big role in the 58-0 throttling, catching two passes, registering one rushing attempt and intercepting a pass and returning it 41 yards to set up a touchdown that put the Badgers up, 27-0.
The New Jersey native has been around and done a lot.
He started his college career at South Carolina, redshirting during the 2011 season before transferring to junior college in Arizona. After one season there as a quarterback, he transferred to Wisconsin, playing safety in 11 games with three starts as a redshirt sophomore. Last season, he moved back to quarterback and edged incumbent starter Joel Stave for the starting job to open the season. He started the season's first five games before Wisconsin switched back to Stave, but McEvoy then moved back to safety for the bowl game, recording five tackles in the win over Auburn. Now he's at safety again, as well as wide receiver.
What makes McEvoy capable of doing it all at such a high level?
“I think just in being around him, his football IQ, his awareness of the game, that was pretty evident early," head coach Paul Chryst said during his weekly press conference Monday. "Then athletically, I think he's a pretty unique athlete, big, skilled guy, and you know, wasn't quite sure how physically it would all go. But I thought last week during the week, and he had a great week of practice, and you know, I think we had a good plan for him. I think there's some things we'll continue to tweak. I'm not saying we've perfected it. But he bought into it. And that's when you knew that he had a chance to be real. And he played 73 snaps, didn't play a ton in the fourth quarter, if any. So I don't know if we have got a better idea but we don't have an accurate gauge yet, and I think each game will probably be a little bit different.
"I think kind of who he is, his competitiveness, his football intelligence, he's pretty suited for being able to do it, and I think he cares about this team. One of those guys that really wants to do whatever he can to help the team win, and I admire that a lot.”