Wisconsin adds Tice to quarterback competition


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Wisconsin's quarterback competition added another contender as Nate Tice, the son of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice, has joined the team as a walk-on.

Badgers head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Tice's arrival Friday in a text message to ESPN.com.

Tice redshirted at Central Florida in 2007 before opting to leave the team weeks before the 2008 season. He attended a junior college last year in Florida. He'll have three years of eligibility left with the Badgers.

Tice, who attended high school in Edina, Minn., told Scout.com (subscription required) that he contacted both Wisconsin and Iowa to gauge their interest about walking onto the team.

"They both called me back in within a week. Iowa told me that were pretty set at quarterback and that I probably wouldn't play. Wisconsin called me a couple days after that and wanted me to come on a visit and were very positive of the whole thing. They were excited and they got me real excited. It's always nice to be back in the Midwest. I grew up in Minnesota, so it's only four hours away, and I always liked Wisconsin."

Wisconsin appeared to get some clarity in its quarterback competition toward the end of spring practice as Dustin Sherer and Curt Phillips created some separation. Still, adding Tice isn't a bad idea because the Badgers have nothing to lose and quarterback play was a major problem last season.

"The whole quarterback situation is perfect," Tice told Scout.com. "It's not like there is going to be a four-year starter. Every year there is going to be a competition. If I play very good, I have a chance, and all I want is a chance. The tradition of playing in the Big Ten and playing for the chance at a Rose Bowl is overwhelming."