McEvoy back in the mix for quarterback spot

first_imgAfter starting the entire season last fall, it seemed generally accepted that Joel Stave would retain his starting quarterback position next season for the Wisconsin football team. Although that might be the logical expectation, that’s not to say that Stave’s job is anywhere near safe. Among those gunning for the starting job is redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy.McEvoy is one of four quarterbacks seeing decent time so far this spring besides Stave, early enrollee DJ Gillins and junior Bart Houston.Although the four quarterbacks may be showcasing their quarterbacking abilities during spring practice, they are also demonstrating their leadership abilities in controlling the offense and commanding the huddle as senior offensive lineman Rob Havenstein explained.“They all know how to get the offense running. It does start with the quarterback. It is his huddle. I like to chime in there every now and then but at the end of the day what he says goes. If I say something, he might kind of brush it off. But if he says something, the whole offense has got to do something,” Havenstein said.The three other quarterbacks have had fairly direct paths to Wisconsin, but McEvoy has taken the route much less traveled. He started his journey off at South Carolina in 2011 and after spending his freshman season and the subsequent spring with the Gamecocks, he elected to transfer to Arizona Western Community College. McEvoy spent a season at Arizona Western and then last spring decided to transfer again to come to Wisconsin after getting recruited by then-new head coach Gary Andersen.After being unable to make it to Wisconsin until the summer, McEvoy was hampered in his ability to become acclimated to the program before jumping headfirst into the quarterback competition during fall camp.“In the summer, it’s a new school transferring in. Obviously, anyone has that kind of [nervous] feeling, but I wouldn’t blame it on that. I didn’t feel that uncomfortable when I was here when I first got here at all. That’s why I came here. It’s an easy group of guys to get along with,” McEvoy said.When Stave earned the starting spot in fall camp last season, McEvoy continued to practice at quarterback during the beginning weeks of the season. Then misfortune struck when McEvoy injured his wrist, adding another obstacle to his path. Unable to take snaps, McEvoy got bumped to wide receiver and saw time in the first game of the season against Massachusetts at wide out.After the results came back from the x-ray on his wrist, McEvoy underwent surgery to repair it and ended up sitting out for several weeks waiting to heal. In the meantime though, McEvoy path again turned as he was asked if we wanted to try safety. After obliging, just weeks later he found himself playing safety at Ohio Stadium against the Buckeyes, certainly not where anyone expected to see him when he originally committed.McEvoy finished the season off at safety, but the whole time knew that come this spring he would be back in the mix for the quarterback job.In just under a year since Wisconsin, those around McEvoy, including Havenstein, have seen some major growth, which should benefit him in the quarterback race.“He’s got a lot more confidence back there calling the play like he means it like he’s been doing it 15 years calling that same play,” he said.“I think he’s got a great understanding of the playbook, the checks and what not. He’s really commanded it so far and kind of getting little details, ins and outs, the niches of the offense and I think it’s helping him out tremendously. He can walk up, make protection checks, get us in the right spot to be able to get him the better throw and if they’re bringing pressure, if we can pick it up, our guys on the outside, Tanner has the ability to get there on time and on point. That creates big plays.”After playing safety most of last season, McEvoy hasn’t had much time to practice with the quarterbacks and didn’t really get a chance to practice with them until the end of the season. But simply being around the Badger program for almost a year now has allowed McEvoy the opportunity to become increasingly familiar with the subtleties of the program and, more importantly, the play book.The confidence Havenstein discussed plays off being around the program for a longer period of time and has contributed into how McEvoy has performed so far this spring, according to offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.“When he came to us in June last year everything was new going into the whole program for the first time. He started back at quarterback during the bowl preparation period. He was much more relaxed and comfortable in what he was doing and it’s paying off for all of us right now,” Ludwig said.Plenty of time still stands between now and the start of next season, but having the opportunity to participate in spring practice this season gives McEvoy a head start he didn’t have the luxury of this time last year.That factors, coupled with having a year under his belt with Wisconsin, should give the quarterback heralded for his dual threat potential coming into the program last year a quality shot at the starting position come next fall. Only time will tell what the future holds and what path his football career will take next.“All four guys are putting their best foot forward and that’s only going to make us better as a team. One guy steps up and makes a big throw, the rest of them want to step up and make a bigger throw or two bigger throws. It’s really going to help us out in the end,” Havenstein said.last_img read more

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first_img ROBERT STOCK 52 Calabasas Business tax specialist Artest’s Defensive Skills Make Him Worth the Risk Risk. It’s the name of the game for NBA general managers. Trades, drafts, and free agent decisions determine the direction of their franchises. But when GMs traffic in troubled souls, the stakes jump. Hence the controversy over whether the Lakers should try to trade for The League’s most visible delinquent, Ron Artest. But the downside to acquiring the St. John’s grad pales in comparison to the game and grit that he would bring to Staples Center. Let’s start with an assumption: Getting Artest will cost the Lakers Lamar Odom. The former Clipper is a rare breed of power forward with an accurate three-point shot and the ability to take opponents off the dribble. But supporters and experts alike are becoming uneasy about Odom’sability to complement Kobe Bryant. And fans are disappointed byLamar’s inability to sink key shots near the end of close games. Artest, on the other hand, has always sublimated his offensive game. While he did average 18 points per game in his last full season, it’s Artests’s defense that makes him special – he was the 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the year. He led the league in steals. At 6-7, 260, he can shut down cat-quick point guards and behemoth power forwards alike. No wonder his teammates call him Pacman – and why Phil Jackson calls him one of the league’s most valuable players. The Lakers are aching for defensive help. Recent torchings by GaryPayton and Gilbert Arenas revealed the purple-and gold’s inability tostop dribble penetration. Pairing Artest with Kobe, himself atwo-time first team All-NBA defender, would give the Lakers two superstoppers and a huge dose of toughness to boot. The risk? It’s true that Artest has behaved like Terrell Owens insize 16 sneaks. He’s been suspended more times than a bungee addict.But Rasheed Wallace, Dennis Rodman, and Lattrell Sprewell displayedthuggish behavior too, yet became good citizens in the rightenvironment. And let’s face it, the Lakers are a .500 team. Acquiring Artest won’t damage the chemistry of a contender. That makes trading for him less risky. If he implodes again, he’s gone. The Lakers end up in the draft lottery and under the salary cap. But a content Artest would put the Lakers one solid big man away from being truly dangerous in a weakened Western Conference. That makes his baggage – and the risk – worth taking on. FINAL SCORE: WOOD 3, STOCK 1 JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The two columnists had similar takes on the issue, with Wood using a nice, conversational style and getting off a few good lines. Wood gets the nod for carrying the Hollywood theme throughout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Another One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest Does the name Randle Patrick McMurphy ring a bell? In one of the most famous movies of all time, back in 1975, Jack Nicholson played the outrageous and unpredictable character, known as Randle Patrick McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest”. McMurphy, subjected to a mental institution, becomes the ringleader who tries to rally his fellow patients against a dominating Nurse Ratched. During the movie, the question always arisesIs McMurphy crazy???? Which brings us to our subject. Should the Los Angeles Lakers trade for McMurphy, er, Ron Artest? There is no question about Ron Artest the basketball player. He isgenerally considered to be one of the top fifteen best players in theNBA. At 6-7, 260 pounds, 26 years old, he averages 19.4 points,and 4.9 rebounds per game. A former All Star, he is also a defensivemonster, who can play shutdown defense against the opposingforward. What GM wouldn`t want Artest the basketball player?? Is Ron Artest crazy?? On Novemer 19, 2004, at The Palace of AuburnHills, he played a major role in one of the most infamous brawls inAmerican sports history. Artest was handed a 75 game suspension, thelongest non-drug ban in the history of the NBA. In the 2002-2003season, he was suspended for a run-in with Miami Heat coach PatRiley. Artest has had fines and suspensions for smashing atelevision camera, and has had a shoving match with a Pacer officialafter a playoff loss. Which brings us to his present state ofdeactivation by the Indiana Pacers. Some Pacer players have publiclystated that they don`t want Artest back on the team. Pacermanagement has said he will be traded. ROBERT LICCARDO 36 Huntington Beach Software designer Put Artest in Purple and Gold Since the topic of this article was assigned to me, I’ve beenstruggling with the idea of Ron Artest being a Laker. Fans willremember that the team has already had bad experiences with DennisRodman and Isiah Rider. We all saw the infamous brawl at the Palacelast year that got Artest suspended for most of the season last year.We’ve seen his volatility on and off the court. So why would theLakers want him? Ron Artest WILL be traded soon – somewhere. This is a unique situation where one of the top players in the league and a former Defensive Player of the Year is available. This is like a mid-season draft. He’s the best player on the draft board right now. The Lakers have to make a run at him. Think of what he brings to the court – He’s a tenacious defender that can shut down the opponent’s best player. His intensity is off the chart. And, when the chips are down he’s actually a clutch shooter. The Lakers would be crazy if they didn’t look into the possibility of acquiring Artest. Now – here’s the catch. What are the Lakers willing to give up to get Artest? The Pacers have made it clear that they want to get fairvalue in a trade. The Laker with the most trade value is Lamar Odom.I’ve always been a Lamar fan. He’s shown flashes of brilliance buthe’s never been consistent. As much as I love Lamar’s game, maybehe’s not the second coming of Scottie Pippen. And although the Lakersdefense has improved as of late, Artest would bring the Laker defenseto a whole new level. The Lakers need a change. The lineup they have won’t get them veryfar this year or next. Mitch Kupchak’s dream of landing a big freeagent in 2007 is pretty much shattered. The only big free agentthat’s left in 2007 is LeBron. I can tell you Kobe and LeBron won’tbe in the same backcourt in this lifetime. Mitch needs to seriouslyconsider his options. He can wait for a mythical player in 2007 or hecan get a top player right now. Carpe Diem Mitch! You said yourselfthat Dr. Buss gives you the freedom to take chances. This is a chanceyou shouldn’t pass up. FINAL SCORE: KAGEYAMA 4, LICCARDO 0 JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Mark, we wondered where you were going with the “Cuckoo’s Nest”stuff, but in your own way you struck a delicate balance – you madeus think about Artest a little differently, without making us wish hejoins the Lakers. Lesson one in journalism is catch readers with your lead. Kageyamaclearly does this with his “Cuckoo” analogy. Liccardo’s opener falls flat … “this article was assigned to me.” Come on, get a little creative. THOMAS WOOD 21 Woodland Hills LMU student Calling for Artest It’s time for Ron Artest’s casting call. He’s spent enough years mired in the tedium of the Midwest. He needs Hollywood, and Hollywood needs him. I know that having him with Kobe will create more tension and hostility than the Vibe Awards, but the Lakers have no choice. This town is about winning championships, and Artest is the best (read:only available) way to get there. `What about all the cap room they’llhave in 2007?’ I hear you say. Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming have been locked up long term, and I don’t think they are going to find their way to the trading block anytime soon. `There’s always Chris Bosh!’ True, but the Lakers will have to cut everyone but Kobe, Lamar Odom, and the eighteen year old to sign him, leaving only the two exceptions to sign eleven other players (I know because ESPN’s Ric Bucher said so). Mitch Kupchak needs to see that this club does not have championship-caliber talent. You’ve already heard my rant on Odom, and Kwame Brown looks like he’s following the Ryan Leaf formula for success. Ron Artest would give this team what it needs. He can move without the ball, giving Kobe a true second option. He’s a max-effort type player and will bring a much needed swagger to this soft team. Oh, and he can play a little defense, or so I’ve heard. Ok, I hear you clamoring about his character problems, and I won’t argue with you. There’s a chance, a really good one, that he won’t work out, and the Lakers will be forced to trade him for fifty cents on the dollar, but, I don’t see a better option. There’s a choice to be made here. If Dr. Buss is happy with a perennial seventh seed and a first-round playoff exit, that’s fine, it’s what we had with Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. If he wants trophies (I have an inkling that he does), he needs to push for this move. As I recall, the Chicago Bulls tried a similar experiment with a guy named Rodman, and it worked to the tune of three more rings. Phil Jackson can make it work, we know that, and Mitch Kupchak needs to realize it. Mr. Artest, it’s Hollywood on line one. The only way the Lakers should take on Ron Artest is if they get him for next to nothingwhich won`t happen. The Pacers are asking for a package deal that would include Lamar Odom. This would leave the Lakers with too big a void. Any trade involving Kobe, Mihm, Parker, Odom, or Kwame Brown, should be avoided. Despite the fact that Artest makes around 6 million per year, relatively small by NBAstandards, the Pacers do have other players with high salaries tocouple with Artest to make a more equitable deal. The Lakers should not trade for Ron McMurphy Artest. However, this leaves you with a question, Is Ron Artest crazy???? center_img Sylmar Plant nursery manager MARK KAGEYAMA 47 last_img


first_imgThe presentation to Letterkenny Strikers Special Olympics Club from St Eunan’s College.A group of Transition Year students from St Eunan’s College held a very successful table quiz in Arena 7 on Wednesday the 4th March in aid of two local Special Olympic clubs, Letterkenny Strikers Special Olympics Club and North West Special Olympics Club.This event was a huge success with 33 teams taking part on the night. The quizmaster, Mr. Neil Gordon, a teacher in Saint Eunan’s College, provided the audience with a great night’s entertainment.Apart from the actual quiz, Mr. Gordon had members of the audience vying for spot prizes by performing handstands, reciting poetry and doing push-ups. It is safe to say that this was not your ordinary quiz! The event raised €1,500, with €750 going to each club.This quiz was organised by a dedicated group of students, namely Jacek Bien, Lewis Carson, Seán Halvey, Mark Irwin, Kevin Kealy, Ruairí Kennedy, Ciaran McCloskey, Seán McGettigan, Ryan McGinty, Rafal Morys, and Cale O’Donnell.The €1,500 cheque presentation to local clubsThis group of students are taking part in a Special Olympics Module ‘So Get Into It’, facilitated by their teacher Ms. Ciara Boyle. These students have been meeting every Wednesday, after school, since September. As part of this module, students have been learning about enabling people with a learning disability to fulfil their potential and ambitions and fully participate in the world around them. This enrichment programme promotes the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils and helps prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.As part of this module, each of the students have registered as volunteers with Special Olympics Ireland and they have been volunteering with the beneficiaries of the quiz, Letterkenny Strikers Special Olympics Club and North West Special Olympics Club.In April of this year, this group of students will receive training from Special Olympics Ireland to prepare them to act as officials at the Special Olympics Basketball League Finals in Antrim Forum on Saturday the 9th of May.Presentation to North West Special Olympics ClubThere is great excitement about this upcoming event among the students. Their teacher Ms. Ciara Boyle said that these students have been a delight to work with and they are a credit to themselves, their families and their school.The Principal of Saint Eunan’s College, Mr. Chris Darby, had the following to say about the quiz: “I am delighted that the school was involved in such an excellent cause. Well done to the staff and students who put so much work into ensuring the evening was a success and a special thanks to the students that came along on the night to support their colleagues. I look forward to even more opportunity to work with Special Olympics in our school”.Saint Eunan’s College were overwhelmed by the huge support they received in the organisation of the quiz and they wish to sincerely thank the local businesses who made donations and sponsored raffle prizes (Fit Hub Ireland, Radisson Blue Hotel Letterkenny; Marks and Spencer; La Maison; Menary’s; The Sandwich Co; Evolve Menswear; Sony Centre; Universal Books, Dunnes Stores; Patrick Gildea Hairdressing; Tobin’s Service Station; Streets Ahead Hairdressing Salon; Joe’s Butchers; 4Lanterns; Apache Pizza; The Swingroom; Private Collections; McFadden’s Pharmacy; Pats on the Square; The Kitchen; Cooney’s Home and Garden; and Surprise Surprise). They wish to sincerely thank the management and staff of Arena 7 for facilitating the charity quiz night. They also wish to thank the volunteers and athletes of the local Special Olympics clubs for welcoming and accommodating the students as volunteers. Finally, they wish to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who came along to support the quiz and to those that bought raffle tickets and supported the event in any way.ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE RAISE €1,500 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS was last modified: March 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennySt Eunan’w Collegelast_img read more