The fans in Madison are finally starting to realize that there is only one Russell Wilson. And it doesn’t get any better that he’s the starting quarterback for Seattle in the NFL these days.
Danny O’Brien couldn’t continue the tradition Wilson started with ACC quarterbacks transfering to the Wisconsin and having success under center. After the first two games, O’Brien was nothing short of unimpressive and head coach Brett Bielema has decided to go with another signal caller.
Redshirt freshman Joel Stave gets the nod as the Badgers starter this weekened against UTEP. Stave was 2-6 in the second half on Saturday against Utah State and did what Bielema is looking for his QB to do — take care of the football.
On Tuesday, Stave got the bulk of the reps with the first-team offense and it appears he’ll be the main guy this weekend. The Badgers desperately need production out of the quarterback position and are looking for players to step up on the perimeter.
It will help with redshirt junior wideout Jared Abbrederis returning after a concussion he suffered in the first half against the Badgers loss to Oregon State. The Badgers desperately need production out of Abbrederis if the offense is going to compete during Big Ten play.
The 6-foot-5 Stave had only one Division I (Western Michigan) offer coming out of high school despite tossing 41 touchdowns and throwing for over 5,000 yards. He walked on at Wisconsin and earned a scholarship shortly after joing the team.
Not turning the ball over may satisfy Bielema, but just taking care of the ball isn’t going to solve the Badgers problems on offense.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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