Joel Stave, Wisconsin's backup quarterback, will be out indefinitely due to a sore throwing shoulder. The school released the news on Tuesday, but a source told ESPN that the injury is serious enough that it could keep Stave out for the season.
Stave lost the starting job to Tanner McEvoy in what was described as a close contest. However, the source said Stave had the sore shoulder throughout August and McEvoy was always going to be the starter.
McEvoy had a poor game passing against the LSU Tigers in the Badgers 28-24 loss. McEvoy went 8 of 24 for 50 yards and 2 interceptions. He also ran for 40 yards on 6 carries.
Some Wisconsin fans may have questioned why Stave never saw the field on Saturday night and now they know why. Bart Houston, a redshirt sophomore from Dublin, California, will be the backup quarterback for the Badgers. He has thrown only 1 pass in his career. That came against Massachusetts in the 2013 season opener. He completed that one pass for 8 yards.
The news about Stave comes on the heels of Monday's news that star running back Melvin Gordon suffered from a hip-flexor against LSU. Gordon saw a total of 3 carries and gained one yard after his 63 yard burst to open the second versus the Tigers.
There is an excellent chance that Houston will get solid playing time this week. Wisconsin faces the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Saturday in the Badgers home opener. It should be a great opportunity for Wisconsin to fix their passing game and develop a receiver.