Paul Chryst updates Joel Stave's Week 9 status
There is no quarterback debate in Madison.
Paul Chryst made sure of it.
The Wisconsin coach announced on Tuesday that Joel Stave, who left Saturday’s game with a head injury, passed his concussion tests and he’ll practice this week. Chryst also added that Stave will be the starter against Rutgers assuming he’s healthy.
Paul Chryst on Joel Stave: "He's gone through all the concussion protocol, so he'll be able to practice this week." #Badgers
— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) October 27, 2015
For those that were calling for a switch to backup Bart Houston, that was a disappointing development. Houston came in for Stave on Saturday and engineered a 24-13 win in Champaign, despite the fact that the Badgers were without their top two tailbacks and they lost their No. 2 receiver and center during the game.
Houston, who had 63 career passing yards before Saturday, threw for 232 and had a pair of touchdowns to fuel an important B1G West win. Chryst left Houston even though Stave passed the sideline concussion protocol. The third-year starter was still taken to the locker room and held out the entire second half.
The fifth-year senior is on pace to throw for over 2,600 yards and is the B1G’s second winningest quarterback. Assuming Stave doesn’t suffer any setbacks during the week, the job will be his moving forward.
Much to the chagrin of Badger fans everywhere.