A day after an updated depth chart revealed quarterbacks Danny O'Brien and Joel Stave as co-starters, there's reason to believe head coach Bret Bielema is planning to start Stave against UTEP on Saturday.
An article by Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Joel Stave took the majority of first-team snaps in practice Tuesday, as O'Brien worked primarily with the second-team. Potrykus didn't reveal his sources of this information, but said several sources confirmed the update on the quarterback situation.
I think it's fair to say the majority of us expected O'Brien to at least retain his job for this week, because despite his struggles the past two weeks, the offensive line and receiving corps have been a mess and O'Brien still possesses much more experience than Stave. It should first be said that Stave has NOT been named the starter for Saturday, but if Potrykus' report is true, it appears the redshirt freshman will take over under center.
If Stave ultimately starts on Saturday, Bielema's odd moves (listing co-starters at QB, not making QB's available to media this week) start to make more sense. There would be lots of media attention on the Badgers already giving up on O'Brien this early in the season and Stave would be in the spotlight all week. This way, it's a guessing game for the media as quarterbacks and rest of the team can prepare for UTEP with less distractions.
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