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Former Badgers QB preparing to make jump to the NFL

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Joel Stave has found the space between student-athlete and professional athlete can be a somewhat awkward state of limbo.

"Right now, I don't have a space to live here. So, I bounce around from a couch here and there. Spend most of nights back home in Milwaukee just because I have a bed."

  Stave works out roughly four days a week with former teammates and waits on calls from NFL teams wanting to schedule workouts.

  "I had no idea what to expect, but it's been good. It's been a fun process."

Between the Shrine Game, the combine and Wisconsin's pro day, Stave says he's come in contact with nearly every NFL team. Each has offered positive and negative feedback, but none have made any guarantees about his draft status.

"I've had teams tell me that, 'We're not going to draft a quarterback this year, but if you're still left at the end of the draft, we're going to give you a call.' I know I'll get a shot with somebody. Obviously, it would be cool to get drafted."

As a projected late round pick or undrafted free agent, Stave has studied the career paths of Badgers before him.

"Scott Tolzien is the guy who I've kind of leaned on. Coming out of here, he wasn't obviously a very highly touted guy coming out of college, but he's stuck around for five years. He just signed a contract with the Colts and will be there for two years. He's done it the right way."

So, while he may be crashing at his parents' house these days, Stave believes at the end of this state of limbo will be a pot of gold.

"Just having that conviction, that belief that I do belong at this level. Regardless of what anybody says, anybody thinks, if you truly believe that and say that, I think you've got a shot. I think I do belong at that level. I deserve a shot, and I think I'll get one. It's just a matter of doing everything I can with it."

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