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Stave made footwork a priority in offseason

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig it a point to quarterback Joel Stave in the spring, that he had to improve his footwork. Stave took those words to heart, and made it a priority to work on his feet in the time off before fall camp.

Stave is battling for the starting quarterback position with Curt Phillips and Tanner McEvoy. Stave is considered to have the best arm out of the group, but may have the least to offer with his legs. Though Stave believes he's much improved on the move after spending extra time on the field over the summer with his receivers and with the strength and conditioning staff at UW to work on his agility.

"That's something that you want to continually improve on as a quarterback," Stave said.

In the offense run by Ludwig, the quarterback is expected to be able to move. In fall practice the team has run zone-read option plays, which requires the quarterback to run the ball if it is not handed off.

"I wouldn't say it's the make or break thing for a quarterback, but yeah it's definitely important. If you've got the ability to extend a play by getting out of the pocket and making a throw on the run or scramble for a first down, run the zone-read stuff, that just adds more fasets to the offense."

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