News:Joel Stave will compete against Curt Phillips and Tanner McEvoy for starting quarterback, the Madison State Journal reports.
Analysis: In last Saturday's spring game, Joel Stave completed 15 of 20 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. It appears that he is the fan favorite, but he is far from having the position secured. Don't be surprised if either Phillips or McEvoy are named the starter for next season.
News:Joel Stave (collarbone) has been cleared to play against Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Jeff Potrykus reports.
Analysis:Joel Stave is expected to begin the game on the bench with Curt Phillips starting, but it appears that Wisconsin will be able to turn to Stave if Phillips struggles, which is definitely plausible against Stanford's strong defense.
Wisconsin's Stave (Shoulder) Still Not Cleared to Play
News:Joel Stave (shoulder) still has not been cleared to play, CBSSports.com reports.
Analysis: Interim head coach Barry Alvarez said even if Joel Stave is cleared to play before the Rose Bowl, Curt Phillips will get the start at quarterback. However, if Stave is able play, both players will see the field against Stanford.
News:Joel Stave is out for the season after suffering a broken collarbone, sources close to Stave told WKOW TV in Madison, Wisc.
Analysis: It's the third time he's broken his collarbone, the report adds. Wisconsin turned its season around when Joel Stave took over at quarterback, so this is a big loss. Danny O'Brien will likely take over at quarterback.
News:Joel Stave left Saturday's loss to Michigan State in the second half with a left shoulder injury, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Analysis:Joel Stave was 9-of-11 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown before the injury. Danny O'Brien replaced him and would start next week if the injury is serious.
News:Joel Stave completed 16-of-25 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, as Wisconsin pulled away from Illinois, 31-14, on Saturday.
Analysis:Joel Stave hit on a 62-yard screen pass to James White late in the second quarter for the Badgers' first score, while connecting with Jared Abbrederis for a 59-yard scoring strike to aid in burying the Illini in the fourth quarter en route to victory. In each of his last three tilts, Stave has notched 200-plus yards passing and appears to have a near stranglehold on the No. 1 QB gig, despite third stringer Curt Phillips making a brief appearance near the end of the first quarter when the Wisconsin offense was struggling.
News:Joel Stave was 12-of-23 passing for 214 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's loss at Nebraska. However, he missed the final series after taking two hard hits.
Analysis: Danny O'Brien took over at quarterback and was 3-of-4 on the final drive, but fumbled a handoff to Montee Ball as the Badgers lost a chance for a game-winning drive. It sounds like Joel Stave will start this week as his injury did not appear serious as he was able to watch on the sidelines. Still, watch his progress in practice.
News:Joel Stave completed 12-of-17 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first career start as Wisconsin held off UTEP, 37-26, on Saturday.
Analysis:Joel Stave was sacked twice during the first three offensive possessions, but settled in and committed just one glaring error with an interception in the second quarter. While his performance wasn't much better than Danny O'Brien's debut in Week 1, the fact that Stave managed the game somewhat effectively likely means he'll be the Badgers' signal caller for the foreseeable future.
News:Joel Stave has earned his first start at QB for Wisconsin this Saturday against UTEP, replacing incumbent Danny O'Brien, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: That Joel Stave is getting the nod under center for the Badgers this Saturday isn't surprising, as O'Brien has completed just 44-of-77 passes for three touchdowns and an interception in the three games he's started this season.
News:Joel Stave got the bulk of the work with the No. 1 offense in Tuesday's practice, which likely indicates he'll start this week against UTEP, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has said he's decided who will start and told the quarterbacks, but won't make his decision public until kickoff. Even if Joel Stave starts, he could split time with Danny O'Brien.
News:Joel Stave is listed as a co-starter at quarterback along with Danny O'Brien for Saturday's game against UTEP, CBS Sports reports.
Analysis: Conventional wisdom has O'Brien starting with Joel Stave only playing if O'Brien implodes again. O'Brien has shown quite a propensity for failure to this point, however, so Stave has a good chance of seeing the field. Until he shows that he's any good himself, though, Stave will not merit fantasy consideration.