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Stave once again fighting for starting spot

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MADISON (WKOW) -

 In two seasons, Joel Stave has started 19 games at Wisconsin. However, for the third straight fall, he's fighting for the starting job.

"That's how I've understood college football to be I guess. It's an incredibly competitive sport and this is an incredibly competitive team. At a big school like this, they're trying to have the best at every position at every time."

For the second straight year, Stave is trying to hold off a challenge from Tanner McEvoy. Much like last season, Stave's extensive game experience is weighing in his favor.

"I think I've had a good camp. I'm happy with a lot of the throws I've made, a lot of the plays I've made. There's always plays here and there that you'd like to have back but that's football."

There have been more than a few plays in Stave's career that have drawn criticism. His accuracy has been jinconsistent over the past couple seasons. So, he made that a major point of emphasis in the offseason. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig says he has seen a noticeable improvement this fall.

"His accuracy has improved. He's tweaked his mechanics a bit in the offseason, and you'll see results of that this season."

With those tweaks, Stave is confident he can improve on last season's numbers when he threw for 2,494 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Those numbers, while solid, were not good enough for many fans.

"I have the support of some people. I know there's also people out there that aren't my biggest fan, but that's how it is."

The junior is once again having to earn his starting job the hard way. At this point in his career, he wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's a competitive game. You just have to go out and compete every week, have your team's back. They have your back. It's a fun position to be in and, if given the opportunity, I just want to do that again, play well and win a lot of games"

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