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.
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