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Wisconsin Badgers news, 4/15: Joel Stave using spring to tailor skills; Melvin Gordon will attend NFL draft

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Catching up on Wisconsin Badgers news now that mid-April is here.

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Finally, QB Stave is unquestioned leader of Badgers offense | Fox Sports Wisconsin

Is there another quarterback battle at Wisconsin? Maybe? Regardless, what we do know is that Joel Stave is exhibiting some of the best confidence of his career in these opening weeks of spring practice. The redshirt senior has come into camp as the frontrunner to lead the offense come fall and why not? He's 21-7 as a starter, and although many fans have their reservations about Stave due to his slow release and lack of explosiveness, Wisconsin has almost always favored consistency instead of big-play potential.

True freshmen Alex Hornibrook has also impressed this spring, but seems unlikely for now that he starts cutting into Stave's reps.

Jon Budmayr makes smooth transition from UW player to UW assistant |

Former Wisconsin quarterback Jon Budmayr is once again apart of the program. Now, however, he's a mentor. Budmayr has followed in the footsteps of Paul Chryst after working with Pitt in 2014 and following him back to Madison.

Budmayr naturally works with the QBs and is able to provide a maturity and youthfulness that is refreshing for the players. Here's a quote from Stave on the young assistant:

"You don’t have that same formality with him than when you’re with (another) coach. It’s almost like you’re with another player. He’s a tremendous resource to learn from."

Budmayr's presence should only help as Wisconsin looks to develop a batch of young quarterbacks.

Melvin Gordon to attend NFL Draft |

Soak it all in, Melvin! The former Badgers running back's agent confirmed that Gordon will attend the draft ceremony in Chicago. This marks the first year that the draft will be held in Chicago instead of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Most draft analysts are predicting Gordon to be a mid-to-late first-round pick, but almost all are in agreement that he will not fall past the Baltimore Ravens at the 26th pick.

Diamond Stone Won't Sign Traditional Letter of Intent with Maryland |

Five-star Maryland commit Diamond Stone has decided not to sign a traditional letter of intent with the Terps. Instead, he has decided to sign financial aid papers, which give him a little more leeway in case of an extreme change in the recruiting process or if unexpected problems arise. You know what the means, Badger fans?! We're getting Diamo... well no, definitely not.

BTN Announces 2015 Primetime Football Schedule |

Well, maybe Hawaii has the next Colt Brennan and we just don't know about him. Aside from that, Wisconsin's Sept. 26 matchup against Hawaii should just be another warm-up for conference play. Other notable primetime games include the Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan Wolverines against Maryland on Oct. 3, as well as Minnesota and Iowa on Nov. 14. Aside from those, I'll be sticking with ESPN and CBS for the best college football headliners.