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Joel Stave 'ready' to play after dealing with throwing issues

Stave could slide back into Wisconsin's No. 2 quarterback role later this week.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Stave is "ready" to play again, the Wisconsin quarterback told reporters on Tuesday. The junior quarterback has been struggling with throwing issues attributed to "the yips" after having offseason shoulder surgery and then losing his starting job to Tanner McEvoy. Stave was shut down in early September following a confusing series of events in which head coach Gary Andersen said he was injured, and then the team recanted that assertion later the same day.

Stave met with a small group of reporters after practice on Tuesday. Below is a small selection of tweets; you can head to the timelines of ESPN Wisconsin's Zach Heilprin, Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus for more.

This is good news indeed, even if you've always been in the McEvoy and/or Bart Houston camp. With McEvoy relying heavily on his feet and not afraid to shy away from contact -- I braced myself a few times last Saturday while seeing McEvoy throw some stiff arms and lower his left shoulder into defenders while finishing runs -- the Badgers must lock down a solid No. 2 quarterback. Houston took over that spot when Stave was shut down, but the sophomore has received only garbage-time reps and is essentially completely untested.

Placing sentimentality for Stave's successful (presumably) return aside, he's the most experienced quarterback on the team. With Big Ten play beginning this weekend, the Badgers should at the very least feel more comfortable in their depth at the position if Stave is in fact deemed able enough to back up McEvoy.