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Stave A Spectator As McEvoy Impresses

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Madison (WQOW) -- Just like the eight thousand fans in the stands, Joel Stave was a spectator at Wisconsin's spring game Saturday. What he saw was Tanner McEvoy make a claim to steal his starting job.

Stave continues to recover for a shoulder injury he suffered in the Capital One Bowl. That allowed McEvoy to get more reps and the sophomore quarterback took advantage. He threw for a touchdown and ran for another on Saturday. According to coach Gary Andersen, watching his competition play well wasn't easy for Stave.

"I think he knows it's best, and he's such a competitor that it hurts him to not be out there. He knows that he's in a battle and he wants to be out there," says Andersen. "I had a conversation where I was able to communicate with his mom and just kind of let her know that we had our worries about his shoulder at this point and we were going to try to be cautious and careful.  I believe when we walk back in here June 8th and we have our welcome back barbecue that he'll tell me his shoulder feels very good. That's what I'm hopeful for."

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