Indispensable Badger #7

Counting down the days to Wisconsin opens the regular season, Badger Nation's new summer feature will rank the 50 most indispensable players of the 2013 Wisconsin football team. Today we reveal No.6.

Joel Stave

Position: Quarterback

Experience: Redshirt Sophomore

2012 Stats: Played in eight games with six starts … Completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 1,104 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions … Recorded a season-high pass efficiency rating of 208.8, going 9-of-11 for 127 yards and one touchdown, before leaving the game with an injury early in the second half against Michigan State ... recorded a career-high 254 yards and two touchdowns on a 16-of-25 passing performance against Illinois ... recorded first career start against UTEP on Sept. 22, throwing for 210 yards and one touchdown on a 12-of-17 passing performance ... was the first freshman to start at quarterback for UW since Jim Sorgi on Oct. 21, 2000 ... finished with a pass efficiency rating of 182.0, the fifth-best mark in a starting debut by a UW quarterback ... made Badger debut against Utah State on Sept. 15, recording a 2-for-6 passing performance and five yards.

Strengths: Has starting experience and arm strength superior to the other Wisconsin quarterbacks, giving him the ability to throw down field to extend the defense.

Weaknesses: Even though Stave have experience at the college level, he will need to be able to come up bigger in more meaningful games. He also needs to be more consistent in games and practices.

Overall: With the quarterback competition still unclear at this point, one thing is certain: Joel Stave can play. His throwing ability is great for a player going into his third year and he's grown as a player after getting to start last season. Stave has had plenty of time to improve on the little things and has had a good fall camp. The one thing holding him back from being the unquestioned starter is his trouble being consistent from drill to drill and day to day.

Stave's potential is definitely there. It will be up to him to take full advantage of his abilities, but the Badgers have a solid young quarterback in their arsenal.

Up Next: Our No.6 player is at a new position, but his experience, leadership and knowledge makes him a key piece to Wisconsin's attack

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