Wisconsin Football: 2015 Season Predictions

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Joel Stave lets loose a throw against Minnesota in 2014. Jim Oxley photo

What are your expectations for Joel Stave this season?

Rayan: I firmly believe that Joel Stave will have a very good season. He has a quarterback guru as his head coach. He has a system that suits him well. He’s confident. He has an improved receiving platoon. All the signs are pointing for Stave to have a career year. In fact, I think he can have a Scott Tolzien-like senior year, and become one of the top 4 QB’s in the Big 10.

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  • Jim: I think Joel Stave bounces back and looks more like the guy we saw a few years ago. We’ve seen him do it in the past so there’s no reason to think he can’t be the leader this team needs. Naming him the starter from the beginning of spring ball was a smart move by Paul Chryst, as Stave had suffered through two years of Gary Andersen stringing him along. Stave will thrive in 2015.

    Erik: Paul Chryst is known for running the football, but he did well as the offensive coordinator in Madison with quarterbacks. For the first time in his career, Joel Stave comes into this season without having to compete for his job. Stave will cut down on the turnovers and have his best season as a Badger.

    Taylor: I don’t have extremely high expectations for Joel Stave, but I do believe he will have a solid season. A big part of that is being named the starter all the way back at the beginning of spring camp and head coach Paul Chryst having the confidence and trust in giving Stave the offense. He won’t put up tremendous numbers but will limit mistakes and do just enough to give defenses that real threat of a passing attack.

    Jon: Everything I’m hearing in training camp about Stave has been positive. I think he’ll have a solid year, which would entail 2,600 yards, 68% completion percentage, 16 TDs and 10 INTs, with 2 rushing TDs and no fumbles lost.

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