MADISON (WKOW) -- Bret Bielema confirmed on Thursday night that redshirt freshman Joel Stave will start at quarterback on Saturday when the Badgers host the Univ. of Texas-El Paso.
Earlier this week, Bielema said he had chosen a starting quarterback for Saturday's game but he wasn't going to let the media know who it is; however, Bielema reportedly named Stave the starter at a Mendota Gridiron Club meeting on Wednesday night.
Saturday will be Stave's first career start after he saw his first game action last Saturday against Utah State. The UW coaching staff opted to pull Danny O'Brien after the first half against the Aggies, in which O'Brien fumbled and was nearly intercepted (the pass was negated by a roughing-the-passer call).
Stave acted mostly as a game manager, completing 2 of 6 passes for just 15 yards. The redshirt freshman QB handed off the ball 22 times in the second half as the Badgers rallied for a 16-14 victory over Utah State.
The Badgers host UTEP at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
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