Badgers have to find a new quarterback

Bielema doesn't expect Stave back until spring
Badgers have to find a new quarterback

Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State.

Coach Bret Bielema announced the news Monday, two days after the Badgers’ 16-13 overtime loss to the Spartans. He says Stave will need eight weeks to recover.

“There was discussion as to why we took so long as to whether is was going to be a surgery or non-surgery all that kind of stuff– so it lined up pretty good where they’re at,” said Bielema. “They’ll x-ray it every week but we’re probably looking at an 8-week recovery which takes him out of  the regular season.”

“There’s an outside chance of obviously post-season, so that would be right on the edge of it,” said Bielema. “If it goes according to plan, he’ll be 100 percent ready to go for spring ball. The good news is, he’s obviously a freshman so we’ll have three years of eligibility remaining with him.

Stave completed 70 of 118 attempts for 1,104 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He threw three interceptions

Junior Danny O’Brien and senior Curt Phillips will vie for the starting spot for Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten Conference), which has a bye week before playing Indiana (1-3, 3-5) on Nov. 10.