Wisconsin loses quarterback Joel Stave for season

By | October 30, 2012

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave suffers broken collarboneWisconsin Badger’s quarterback Joel Stave suffered a broken collarbone last weeks 16-13 overtime loss to Michigan State.

Badger’s coach Bret Bielema shared the bad news on Monday.

“It probably will be an eight-week recovery, which takes him out of the regular season,” Bielema said. “There is an outside chance of something for the postseason, but that would be right on the edge of it. And everything, if it goes to plan, he should be 100 percent to go for spring ball. The good news is he’s a freshman, so we have three years of eligibility remaining with him.”

Stave has 1,104 yards in 70 completions. He’s thrown for 6 touchdowns in the 7 games he’s played in this season with just 3 interceptions.

Stave took over for Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien after O’Brien had a terrible start to the season. Coach Bielema won’t just hand the job back over to O’Brien though.

“Danny’s had his shot a couple times this year,” Bielema said. “We’ll take this bye week and pretty much give him and Curt equal reps and see where we’re at on Sunday.”

Third string quarterback Curt Phillips, a fifth-year senior, will get a chance this week during the bye to fight for the starting spot.

Wisconsin is 6 – 3 overall and trailing Ohio State and Penn State in the Leaders division of the Big 10.