MADISON, Wis. Separation is beginning to emerge in the Wisconsin quarterback battle as spring practices stretch past the halfway point. Curt Phillips and Joel Stave, the two leading candidates for the job, continue to share first-team offense repetitions. But Saturday, at least, was Stave's day to shine.
Stave threw two impressive touchdown passes during the scrimmage portion of Saturday's practice, which was open in its entirety to the public. He hit receiver Jared Abbrederis in stride for a 60-yard play-action touchdown pass down the middle of the field. On the final drive of practice, with Wisconsin working on red zone scenarios, Stave found receiver Jordan Fredrick open for a 20-yard touchdown in the front left corner of the end zone. The play sent members of Wisconsin's offense into an ecstatic moshpit of sorts and ended practice on a high note for the offense.
Afterward, Badgers coach Gary Andersen praised Stave's play by saying he had better command of the offense.