Wisconsin Quarterback Joel Stave Isn't Injured, but He Might Have the Yips

By DJ Byrnes on September 3, 2014 at 11:53a
Michael Bennett bout to sack Joel Stave
Michael Bennett closes in on Wisconsin's Joel Stave, 2013 [Kirk Irwin, Ohio State]

As Wisconsin's ship went down in the second half against LSU, with all the grace of vomit ejected from a toddler's mouth, many people wondered: Where the hell is Joel Stave?

But last year's starting quarterback remained rooted to the sideline, even as starting quarterback Tanner McEvoy failed to move the offense with his arm. That allowed LSU to stack the box, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Badgers coach Gary Andersen said yesterday Stave was actually suffering from a shoulder injury, which he didn't want to broadcast before the LSU game (and rightfully so).

But, it appears, however, the injury Stave is suffering from could be all mental.

From Jesse Temple of FOX Sports Wisconsin:

"Is he injured?" Andersen said. "No. Is he ready to play right now? No. I used the word injury, so maybe bad choice of words."


"I've thrown how many thousands of balls in my life?" Stave said. "I know when it hurts and when it doesn't. I don't know what it is. It just isn't right, I guess."


"I've just been good at throwing things since I've been young. It's not a lack of confidence. It's not a lack of preparation or anything like that. It's just a matter of getting back to feeling comfortable and feeling like the ball's coming out the way it should."

That's a bad situation for the Badgers, as it looks like they'll need contributions from Stave (or a quarterback capable of completing a pass), if they're going to reach their ceiling this year.


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shadybuck's picture

His brain was gettin in the way!

+3 HS
rosenbuck's picture

He musta been shootin' chili peppers up Lee Janzen's ass!

+2 HS
TNBuckeye1421's picture

My throwing motion feels like a folding lawn chair...

+2 HS
BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Probably forgot to waggle.

jedkat's picture

If Stave was playing golf he'd be shanking them two fairways over.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

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Seattle Linga's picture

Chuck Knoblauch had the yips playing 2nd base for the yankees at the end of his career. I found this gem on line and thought I'd share - got a good laugh.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

maybe his injury will get better the week they play Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana, et al

Yeti's have feelings too.

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MassiveAttack's picture

But you know what, coach?  Put him in some situations where he doesn't have time to think, just react.  Give him nothing but a few slants and a tunnel screen, then have him wing the deep route down the sideline.  These are low pressure throws which don't require him to do much reading (i.e. Thinking).

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MN Buckeye's picture

I had the yips big time at one point. A lot of medication and several surgeries left me with a little yipper.

mthompson331's picture

does anyone blame him? i dont. 

seriously, though, i have always felt that Stave was a more than a tad gun shy. i think he started (or came in the game as relief) his freshman year against OSU? either way, i remember him holding onto the ball his game against the Bucks, and getting thumped for it. reminded me of Kent Dorsey in OT of the '02 championship.

Can you... I dunno... *not* whine after a win?

Crumb's picture

This is quite the mystery, cause honestly I think the guy would've made the difference between winning and losing that LSU game. He certainly couldn't have done any worse than Steve Bellisari Tanner McEvoy.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War