September 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tuesday's college football roundup: Wisconsin's QB situation becomes more muddled

Joel Stave of the Wisconsin Badgers is not injured, according to his coach. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images)

Milwaukee — Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave isn’t hurt, after all.

But he’s still out of the quarterback mix — for now — for the 18th-ranked Badgers as he works through throwing issues.

Coach Gary Andersen and Stave spoke to reporters Tuesday night to clarify a statement earlier in the day that an injury was sidelining Stave indefinitely.

Andersen says “injury” wasn’t the right word. Stave says there is nothing physically wrong, but that he’s noticed the past week that he’s not throwing the ball the way he’d like to.

So last year’s starter isn’t taking part in team preparations for now. He is throwing and taking part in individual practices.

What hasn’t changed is that Tanner McEvoy is the unquestioned starter. He beat Stave in training camp for the job.

Stave was the starter in 2013, when Wisconsin finished 9-4. He had an inconsistent season and hurt his right shoulder in the Capital One Bowl in January. The injury limited Stave during spring drills, and he lost the starting job to McEvoy after a preseason competition.

In a season-opening loss last week to LSU, McEvoy ran for 40 yards, but was 8-for-24 for 50 yards and two interceptions. The Badgers fell four spots in the Top 25 following the 28-24 loss to the Tigers after leading by 17 points.

The depth chart released Monday for this weekend’s home opener against Western Illinois listed McEvoy as the No. 1 starter.

“Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder for the last couple of weeks and we have come to a decision, after talking with Joel, that the best thing for him right now is to shut it down and give him some rest,” Andersen said. “It was a tough decision because Joel is a great competitor.”

As a third-year sophomore in 2013, Stave threw for 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season and set a school record with 336 pass attempts. He threw for 2,494 yards and completed nearly 62 percent of his passes.

The 6-foot-6 McEvoy went to South Carolina for a year before transferring to Arizona Western College. A redshirt junior, McEvoy arrived at Wisconsin in 2013 and moved to receiver before shuffling to safety following a wrist injury.

... Andersen said freshman tight end T.J. Watt would miss “extended” time after surgery — he injured his right knee in camp.

Watt is the younger brother of Texans star J.J. Watt.

Kelly: Five still out

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says there is no change in the status of five players who were investigated by the university for possible cheating.

Kelly said the status of those five players could change quickly if he receives word they are eligible to play. Kelly said the investigation is complete and the cases were in the hands of the school’s code of honor committee.

University officials announced Aug. 15 they would bench starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and backup linebacker Kendall Moore while they investigated whether they turned in academic work that wasn’t their own. Officials added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list last week.

Extra points

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty says he plans to play in Saturday’s game against Northwestern State despite two cracked small bones in his back.

... Steve Spurrier says tailback Mike Davis has received treatment on his bruised ribs the past few days and is likely to play Saturday when No. 21 South Carolina takes on East Carolina.

... Tennessee offensive tackle Jacob Gilliam will miss the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a 38-7 victory over Utah State.

... Minnesota defensive tackle Scott Ekpe, who suffered a significant injury to his right knee in the opener last week, likely miss the season, coach Jerry Kill confirmed.

The coach declined to give specifics but called the news about the junior a “major blow” to the Gophers.

Ekpe was hurt in the first quarter against Eastern Illinois.

... Three players suspended from No. 23 Clemson’s opening week at loss at Georgia are returning to face South Carolina State on Saturday.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said that left guard David Beasley, defensive end Corey Crawford and defensive back Garry Peters would be back this week.

... UCLA running back Steven Manfro left practice on a cart after apparently injuring his knee.

... Former Portland State linebacker Zach Walen filed a $5 million suit against the school, the NCAA and Oregon Health Sciences University claiming he was not treated properly for a concussion.

The lawsuit alleges Walen suffered a blow to the head in a game on Sept. 1, 2012, but Portland State failed to recognize the injury.