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Glenn Guilbeau / Gannett Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. The last time Wisconsin starting quarterback Tanner McEvoy played the position in a game was in front of 2,984 fans in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Arizona, nearly two years ago.

It was Dec. 1, 2012, and he completed 18 of 24 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns for his Arizona Western College Matadors in a 42-37 win over Nassau Community College. There will be more than 70,000 in Houston's sold-out NRG Stadium, where the NFL Texans play, on Saturday when he takes the first snap for No. 14 Wisconsin against No. 13 LSU at 8:10 p.m. on ESPN.

A transfer from the South Carolina Gamecocks, McEvoy could not budge the depth chart at quarterback for Wisconsin last season and moved to wide receiver and defensive back. He is back as the starting quarterback now because of his running ability.

'We're preparing for the best offense that they have,' said LSU coach Les Miles, who will play a pair of green running quarterbacks himself in freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings.

'That would be run and pass,' Miles said. 'Obviously he (McEvoy) has got some abilities to move his feet. We expect the same route tree to be used, the same offense, maybe just a little bit more mobile quarterback.'

LSU was 2-0 against the ultimate mobile college quarterback of recent years as it defeated Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel in 2012 and '13.

'We've had success with other dual threat guys, but this is a different style of offense,' Miles said. 'Wisconsin has a quality ground game, a variety of formations and now a mobile quarterback as well as a really quality throwing game. It'll be interesting to see how that comes out.'

Wisconsin junior tailback Melvin Gordon finished 10th in the nation last season with 1,609 yards on 206 carries and led the nation with 7.8 yards per carry.

LOUIS PLAYED HURT: LSU junior starting outside linebacker Lamar Louis of Breaux Bridge revealed recently that he played most of last season with a fractured right wrist.

'Well, Lamar Louis is a tough kid, a quality person really committed to his game,' said Miles, who usually is not forthcoming about injuries and was not last season concerning Louis. 'When asked to play with pain really by his teammates, he kind of stepped in. Honestly, he made a real sacrifice for his teammates.'

Louis hurt his wrist before the 2013 season but still played in 13 games as a backup, making 25 tackles with a fumble recovery.

TIGER ITINERARY: The Tigers will leave campus at 12:30 p.m. Friday for the Baton Rouge airport for a 1:30 p.m. charter flight to Houston for Saturday night's game against Wisconsin.

After a one-hour flight, the team will have a short walk-through practice at NRG Stadium at 3:35 p.m. before checking in at the Omni Hotel, which is about 20 minutes from the stadium. The Tigers will leave the hotel at 5:35 p.m. Saturday for the game. The team is scheduled to fly back to Baton Rouge at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

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