Oct 19, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave (2) warming up during pre game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

McEvoy to Shoulder the Load; Joel Stave Shuts It Down, For Now

The Wisconsin Badgers made the announcement Tuesday that quarterback Joel Stave will take some time off from practicing to deal with an ailing shoulder injury that doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

Head coach Gary Andersen, who kept Badgers nation guessing as to just who would be the starter going into the 2014 campaign, now has little to think about as Tanner McEvoy seemingly has the team in his hands moving forward.

“Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder for the last couple of weeks and we have come to a decision, after talking with Joel, that the best thing for him right now is to shut it down and give him some rest,” Andersen said in a release. “It was a tough decision because Joel is a great competitor and has a tremendous desire to help this team. We will continue to monitor his progress, but we’re not putting a timetable on his return at this time.”

Stave led the Badgers to a 9-4 overall record a year ago, but fell under some scrutiny prior to his injury in last January’s bowl loss to South Carolina.

After injuring the shoulder badly in the Badgers postseason loss, the redshirt junior spent much of the summer in California, rehabing the shoulder that has now sidelined him indefinitely moving forward.

Stave passed for over 2.400 yards a year ago, hooking up for 22 touchdowns along the way. He’d endured a very private competition in both spring and fall camp with McEvoy, only to have Andersen go with McEvoy to begin the 2014 season.

Reasons weren’t known, but it’s likely the shoulder injury had much to do with Andersen’s final decision.

There is no doubt this hurts the overall depth at the position as the next man up behind McEvoy is redshirt sophomore, Bart Houston.

Houston was a four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout, a three-star recruit by Rivals and ranked by Scout as the No. 7 quarterback in the country when he came out of high school.

In other injury news, T.J. Watt will also be missing some extended time with a nagging knee injury.

“T.J. suffered a right knee injury during camp which required surgery,” Andersen said. “He will miss an extended amount of time but we hope to have him back on the practice field at some point during the conference season.

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