Junior quarterback Joel Stave of the Wisconsin Badgers was named Wednesday to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually by Davey O’Brien Foundation to the nation’s best quarterback.
Named for the former TCU quarterback who starred there in the mid-1930s, the award has been given out since 1981. Last year’s winner was Jameis Winston of Florida State, who also won the Heisman Trophy.
No Wisconsin quarterback has ever won the award.
Stave started all 13 games last season after starting six games and making two relief appearances as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
The graduate of Greenfield’s Whitnall High School threw for 2,494 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, completing 61.9 percent of his attempts with 13 interceptions.
Stave’s season ended a bit early, as he had to leave the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina after opening 9-of-13 for 80 yards and two touchdowns before sustaining a shoulder injury.
In 2012, Stave became the first freshman quarterback to start for the Badgers in more than a decade, since Jim Sorgi in 2000, when he made his starting debut against UTEP on Sept. 22, 2012, throwing for 210 yards and a score on 12-of-17 passing.
His career-high of 339 yards last season was bittersweet, as it came with three touchdown passes and three interceptions in Wisconsin’s regular-season ending loss to Penn State at Camp Randall Stadium.
It’s also probably worth pointing out that being on the preseason watch list is not a prerequisite for winning the actual award.