Sunday, March 3, 2013
Eyeballing Stave's competition
By Vince Verhei
By September of his freshman season, Joel Stave had taken over as the starting quarterback of the Wisconsin Badgers. And he played well, averaging better than 9 yards per pass, with twice as many touchdowns (six) as interceptions (three) before his season ended with a broken collarbone against Michigan State. That doesn't mean, though that the Badgers will automatically return Stave to the starting lineup. ESPN.com Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg details the competition Stave will face for the starting role this offseason:
Adam RittenbergFour other quarterbacks want to start for Wisconsin
"Stave entered the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman last season and was making significant strides before suffering a broken collarbone against Michigan State. He showed good accuracy at times despite limited pass-catching options, and grades high in pass efficiency, a hallmark for Wisconsin quarterbacks. But Stave has to win over a new coaching staff and separate himself from a pool of quarterbacks that includes Curt Phillips, Danny O'Brien, Bart Houston and junior-college arrival Tanner McEvoy."