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The new leader of the Wisconsin offense
What could be discerned from Wisconsin's spring game was not much, thanks to the holdouts of standout players such as Jared Abbrederis and Melvin Gordon on offense, as well as seemingly half the starting defense.
In addition, the funky offense versus defense scoring scale that Gary Andersen chooses to employ is borderline useless for fans.
For the record, the defense won and apparently looked really good after the first quarter. The new 3-4 defensive scheme at least was capable of making Curt Phillips and Danny O'Brien look silly. Of course, there are a lot of Big Ten defenses that made O'Brien look silly, so that's not saying much. The real winner coming out of spring practices is Joel Stave, who apparently has eclipsed Phillips for the starting job again.
Granted, this is still a fluid situation with three competitors all having significant playing time in 2012, but Stave only lost his job because of a broken clavicle. Unfortunately, he had been prone to breaking that particular bone multiple times, meaning a lack of protection for him from the offensive line could lead to another break fairly easily.
If what was seen on Saturday is any indication, that type of injury would be devastating because Wisconsin likely would become one dimensional again, just as in the six losses from a season ago.
With Ohio State back off the NCAA naughty list, Wisconsin is the biggest challenger to what is widely considered a done race for the Leaders Division title. But Stave's health will be the biggest concern going forward.
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