Seriously, the Seattle Seahawks have a whole pack of Badgers.
The NFC West power signed Joel Stave, the former Wisconsin Badgers walk-on, team captain and winningest quarterback in school history, to its practice squad on Wednesday. John Boyle, who covers the Seahawks as their digital reporter, announced the move via Twitter.
Stave joins a Seattle squad already stockpiled with former Wisconsin signal callers, including current starting quarterback Russell Wilson (played for UW in 2011), safety-turned-wide receiver Tanner McEvoy (2013-15, 2014 as quarterback) and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell (1992-95).
The good news for the Greenfield, Wis., native comes a day after the Minnesota Vikings released him from their practice squad. Stave was previously signed by the NFC North organization as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.
In his time at Wisconsin, Stave finished 31-10 as a starter. He currently ranks No. 2 all-time in school history for passing yards (7,635), touchdown passes (48) and completions (613).
Wilson has been the Seahawks’ starting quarterback since the 2012 season, as he beat out former Green Bay Packer Matt Flynn after being drafted in the third round of that year’s draft. The former Badgers standout has started every game of his NFL career, throwing for 111 touchdown passes and running for another 12.
McEvoy has found a home with Seattle after signing as an undrafted free agent this spring. He was originally a safety but moved to wide receiver during training camp. The former Wisconsin safety/quarterback/wideout impressed head coach Pete Carroll and his staff enough to make the active roster.
This season, McEvoy has three catches for 69 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown catch against the New York Jets. He also blocked a punt that led to a game-tying field goal in Seattle’s 6-6 tie against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.
Bevell is in his sixth year as Seattle’s offensive coordinator after five years in Minnesota at the same position. He was previously an assistant with the Green Bay Packers.