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Wisconsin QB Stave’s shoulder brings early end to spring

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Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave has been competing for a starting job in Madison this spring, but his spring just came to an end. Stave is being shut down for the rest of the spring due to a shoulder injury.

According to Jeff Potrykus of The Journal Sentinel in Wisconsin, via Twitter, Stave had an MRI done Monday night before the decision was made. Stave expects to be back and ready to go for camp this summer before the start of the 2014 season.

Stave led the Badgers in passing last season with 2,494 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was banged up at times last season and entered a bit of a quarterback competition this spring. With Stave now on the shelf, all eyes in Madison turn to Tanner McEvoy.

McEvoy originally committed and joined South Carolina in the Class of 2011, but joined the Badgers after a season at Arizona Western College in 2012. When he transferred to Wisconsin he ended up playing safety but was moving back to quarterback this spring. With Wisconsin’s spring game coming up the time to shine is now for McEvoy, who can make a push for strong consideration moving in to the summer for the starting job.

Wisconsin’s spring game is scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

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1 Response to “Wisconsin QB Stave’s shoulder brings early end to spring”
  1. stoicpaisano says: Apr 8, 2014 11:25 PM

    I’m not trying to start anything but what is UW’s problem when it comes to recruiting QBs out of high school lately?

    They had to go the free agent route with Wilson (worked, obv) and O’Brien (flamed out). Stave was a walk-on, McAvoy a JUCO whose ATH skills are amazing but way ahead of his signal-calling abilities.

    Nothing from Houston yet? I know he had a major injury in high school but thought he’d be making noise based on his California prep pedigree. Likewise, no mention of early-enrollee DJ Gillins?

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