Wisconsin football head coach Gary Andersen joined us Wednesday to preview spring camp, player evaluation, and coaching staff changes.
With spring practice soon getting underway, we asked Andersen about how he plans to evaluate players, especially those who may have been less successful in past seasons. “We definitely evaluate film, but I would like to think in my mind that it’s a clean slate.” While players will start with a clean slate, he hopes that each individual comes into spring camp like they “have something to prove.”
In regards to Wisconsin’s 5 potential quarterback candidates, Andersen doesn’t feel he needs to leave spring camp with a defined #1 quarterback and wants to walk into summer with “definite competition”. He added that “different types can win the job… our offense will not change just because it’s a different quarterback.”
How can a player catch Andersen’s eye in spring camp? “Number one is effort”, number two is how well they have prepared themselves to impress on the field, and lastly is just to have fun and play with excitement and energy. “It’s a great game, we’re all lucky to be here, and we better have some enjoyment, especially in spring ball.”
Andersen has expressed displeasure with the recent departure of assistant coach Jay Boulware, who was just hired in January of this year. While he says “It’s a tough, tough spot to be in” at “a tough time in the year”, he is excited to welcome Jeff Genyk to Wisconsin. “It was a great fit. For me personally as a head coach, it’s always great to have a coach that’s been a head coach, especially at the Division I level… I feel very good about him moving forward.”