Junior quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely due to a sore shoulder, University of Wisconsin athletics announced Tuesday. Stave’s sideline timetable is currently unknown, though it is rumored that he could miss the 2014-15 season.
In the meantime, the Badgers will continue to utilize junior Tanner McEvoy as the go-to option at quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Bart Houston will replace Stave as the backup option.
Though McEvoy ran six times for 40 yards, it’s hard to shake his performance in Saturday’s loss to LSU: he went 8 for 24 for 50 yards with two interceptions. This was McEvoy’s first shot as a starting quarterback after being moved from safety last spring.
With more live practice, McEvoy could carry the quarterback spot for Wisconsin, presuming that his throwing game improves throughout the course of the season. However, it’s tough to ignore that losing Stave means losing a great backup option in case McEvoy is ever injured or if the transition from safety just doesn’t work out.
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