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Stave enters first fall camp as "the guy"

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For his entire career at Wisconsin fall camp had been marked by competition for quarterback Joel Stave. Though entering his redshirt senior year, Stave has finally earned the title of incumbent at the quarterback position.

"I think he's earned that right. I'm excited with what he's done this summer. I think Joel's in a really good spot. I like he's got an edge to him," head coach Paul Chryst said.

"Between big name guys transferring in I've always been competing and I think that's made me better in the long run. I think it's easier to step into a role as a leader when you're understood as going to be the guy this year. It's much more of a competition with myself just seeing how good I can get this camp and really put myself in a good position this fall," Stave said.

Stave spent the summer throwing with teammates three days a week. He worked on putting himself in "uncomfortable situations" when throwing the football, which has him more confident in himself and his team more confident in its quarterback.

"Joel is such a mastermind. He does everything in his power to make sure everything is right for each play. What I see what he does for this offense is great and I wouldn't want him to be replaced at all," running back Corey Clement said.

"With all the changes I've had in my career between the coaching staffs, different players and everything that's gone on here, I'm just excited about this last year to cut it loose," Stave said.

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