Joel Stave to start at QB for Wisconsin vs. Illinois

Thursday October 9th, 2014

Joel Stave will start for Wisconsin in Saturday's game against Illinois, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Stave has started 19 games over the past two seasons, going 13-6. Last season, Stave threw for 2,494 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

He began the season as the backup to Tanner McEvoy in the season opener against LSU after suffering from a mental block. McEvoy has completed only 57 percent for 629 yards with five touchdowns, five interceptions and has run for 284 yards and two more scores for Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

"That would be cool," Stave said, when asked about starting again. "It has been a while. Those first four or five took a long time. It would be exciting to get a chance to start again."

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McEvoy started Wisconsin's first four games and was benched in the first half against Northwestern after throwing for 24 yards and the team trailing 10-0. Wisconsin lost the game 20-14. McEvoy said he is comfortable with whatever the coaching staff decides about the quarterback situation.

"Whatever it takes to win I'm on board," McEvoy said. "It is a challenge to stay in rhythm if you're in for a series and you feel like you're starting to get the hang of it and the next guy goes in."

Wisconsin hosts Illinois at noon on Saturday.

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