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Joel Stave has newfound confidence ahead of Badgers spring game

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Madison, WI (WXOW) - - The Wisconsin Badgers annual spring football game is set for next Saturday, April 25. It will be the first time red-shirt senior Joel Stave enters the spring game as the unquestioned starter. One of the first things new head coach Paul Chryst did this spring is anoint Stave the starter for the upcoming season. Stave has started parts of the past three seasons, but has always been challenged.

After losing the starting job to Tanner McEvoy last fall, Stave struggled as his confidence dipped. He eventually regained the top spot but posted his worst season statistically.

Now, his confidence is rising as he has the full backing of his old offensive coordinator turned head coach.

"It gives me an opportunity to really work on things instead of doing everything I can to be perfect every day because it's practice," Stave said. "You don't need to be but it gives me an opportunity to work things, work timing, maybe throw it earlier than I'm used to. Maybe throw it earlier than I'm comfortable with just to build that kind of chemistry. I think that's one thing that's kind of positive from it."

The Badgers spring game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium.

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