Looks like many Wisconsin Badgers fans might get a chance to see a familiar face on Sundays.
The Minnesota Vikings will sign quarterback Joel Stave as an undrafted free agent. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman first reported the news, and B5Q confirmed with Stave's agent.
The 6'5, 236-pound signal caller walked on to UW and enrolled early in the spring of 2011. From there, he's had one heck of a roller coaster career. During the 2012 season, he replaced incumbent Danny O'Brien at halftime against Utah State, and started six games that year before a broken collarbone effectively ended his season outside of one incompletion in the 2013 Rose Bowl. With another new offense installed in 2013, Stave threw for 22 touchdown passes -- second-best in school history behind Russell Wilson's 33 two seasons prior -- but also had 13 interceptions.
Former head coach Gary Andersen and former offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig awarded the starting quarterback job to Tanner McEvoy to begin the 2014 season, causing Stave to lose confidence in his abilities and being shelved for an extended period early in the season. He rebounded again to be the lead signal caller, replacing McEvoy at halftime against Northwestern. He'd start the rest of the games at quarterback that season.
With the return of his former offensive coordinator Chryst in 2015, now as head coach, Stave was named starter in the spring, one of four captains by his teammates, and never looked back. He at times struggled (four turnovers in a 10-7 loss to Iowa) but also played well against eventual national champion Alabama and at the end of the season in the Badgers' Holiday Bowl victory against USC, where he was named the offensive MVP.
Stave completed 60.8 percent of his passes last season for 2,687 yards and 11 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions. He ended his career as Wisconsin's winningest quarterback (31) in school history.
Stave will have the opportunity to learn and develop his game further under Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner.