Fall Camp Guide: quarterbacks

Focus is on young new starter and his younger reserves

Starter returning – none.

Key returneeJohn Stocco, 6-2, 202, So.

Newcomers – Freshmen Sean Lewis, 6-7, 217; Marcus Randle El, 5-10, 180; and Bryan Savage, 6-4, 215.

Also in the mix – Redshirt freshman Tyler Donovan, 6-0, 185.

Key departuresJim Sorgi, Matt Schabert.

Top marks in 2003 – Sorgi – completed 140 of 248 passes for 2,251 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games.

Only returning marks – Stocco – completed 10 of 17 passes for 123 yards in three games.

Reasons to be excited – Stocco has a strong arm, adequate athleticism and he passed the leadership litmus test during offseason workouts last winter. He played well last spring after receiving some playing time late in the 2003 season.

Cause for trepidation – Obviously, the group has very minimal experience. None of Stocco's backups has taken a snap and two will take part in their first college practice Aug. 11. If Stocco has to miss time this season, the reins would likely be turned over to Tyler Donovan, who has very good physical skills but needs more confidence and time to develop.

Camp questions – Who's No. 2? It's Donovan's job now but any of the true freshmen could rise up and take the spot from him. With so little experience and two completely new faces, it is still anyone's guess how much talent Wisconsin has at quarterback.

It will be interesting to see what packages Wisconsin develops for Marcus Randle El, for whom the Badgers' coaching staff has promised a multi-faceted opportunity.

Player on the rise – Stocco. He took command of the starting job last spring and will have the opportunity to guide a talent-laden offense.

Player on the spot – Stocco. He must lead a veteran team full of seniors that expect to contend for a Big Ten title.

Forecast – The position will be fine, if Stocco stays healthy. Stocco has all the makings of a quality signal caller, but the reserves are either unknowns or left something to be desired last spring.

BadgerNation.com projected depth chart

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