Notebook: Stave "in the game plan"

Rose Bowl notebook - Redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave is expected to play against Stanford, his first action since breaking his collarbone against Michigan State.

LOS ANGELES – Quarterback Joel Stave is "in the game plan" for the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin interim head coach Barry Alvarez said Saturday.

"Stave brings a little more to the table," Alvarez said. "He can throw the ball down the field. He brings a little more to it and gives us a little more ammo in the game plan."

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said earlier in the week that the redshirt freshman would be available against Stanford, but would serve as the backup to Curt Phillips.

Stave missed the last four games of the regular season after breaking his collarbone against Michigan State. He started six games this season and leads the team with 1,104 yards passing and six touchdowns.

Transition Time Ahead
With multiple reports that San Diego State offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig is headed to Wisconsin in the same capacity under new head coach Gary Andersen, players said they were unaware of any hiring.

"I haven't heard anything about him," running back James White said. "I'm sure I'll learn more about him in the coming weeks."

White and his teammates have had only brief interaction with Andersen, who led Utah State to a 10-2 regular-season record, but are optimistic for the future of the program.

"I haven't had too much interaction," White said. "The only time I met him was when we had a team meeting when Coach Alvarez introduced him. He seems like a player's coach and we're excited to have him."

Red And White
Alvarez said he would defer to team captains on what color scheme Wisconsin would wear in the Rose Bowl, having brought red and white pants and black and white socks.

"Whatever they want to wear, that's what they can wear," Alvarez said.

Alvarez said he wanted white shoes for the game, but weren't able to get them.

As the higher-ranked team coming into the game, Stanford will wear its home uniforms, while Wisconsin will wear its road white jerseys.

Rain, Rain
Wisconsin canceled its Saturday afternoon practice at the Home Depot Center because of rain.

Dan Greenspan writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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