- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave isn’t hurt, after all.

But he’s still out of the quarterback mix for now for the 18th-ranked Badgers as he works through throwing issues.

Coach Gary Andersen and Stave spoke to reporters Tuesday evening to clarify a statement earlier in the day that an injury was sidelining Stave indefinitely.

Andersen said injury wasn’t the right word. Stave said there is nothing physically wrong, but that he’s noticed the past week that he’s not throwing the ball the way he’d like.

So last year’s starter isn’t taking part in all game preparations for now. He is throwing and taking part in individual practices.

What hasn’t changed is Tanner McEvoy is the unquestioned starter. He beat out Stave in training camp for the job.

Redshirt sophomore Bart Houston will be the backup when Wisconsin plays its home opener Saturday against FCS school Western Illinois. Freshman D.J. Gillins is the third quarterback.

“Physically, nothing’s wrong. I just haven’t thrown the ball the way I’d like to,” Stave said at Camp Randall Stadium. “I’m working through it.”

Stave hurt his shoulder in the Capital One Bowl in January. He missed the last week or so of spring practice because of aftereffects from that injury.

This issue is unrelated, Andersen and Stave stressed.

“There’s been no re-injury for Joel. He has not reinjured anything,” Andersen said. “When he gets himself to where he’s ready to play he’ll be ready to play. Injured is probably a bad word I guess by choice by me that I decided to use” in the earlier statement.

Normally, backup quarterbacks don’t receive such attention. At Wisconsin, it’s the latest twist at a position clouded with uncertainty all year.

As a third-year sophomore in 2013, Stave threw for 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and set a school record with 336 pass attempts. He threw for 2,494 yards and completed nearly 62 percent of his passes as Wisconsin finished 9-4.

McEvoy, more of a mobile quarterback, went to South Carolina for a year before transferring to Arizona Western College. A redshirt junior, McEvoy arrived at Wisconsin in 2013 and got moved to receiver before shuffling to safety following a wrist injury.

In a season-opening loss last week to LSU, McEvoy ran for 40 yards, but was 8-of-24 passing for 50 yards and two interceptions. The Badgers fell four spots in this week’s AP Top 25 poll following the 28-24 loss to the Tigers after leading by 17 points.

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