Wisconsin Badgers backup quarterback Joel Stave was cleared to play in the Rose Bowl, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported on Thursday.
Stave, a redshirt freshman, has been enjoying the Badgers great season from the sidelines since Oct. 27 when he broke his left collarbone. Quarterback Curt Phillips will start the game for the Badgers but offensive coordinator didn't rule out an appearance by Stave on the field.
According to the Journal Sentinel, Stave hadn't been notified he was cleared to play until he was asked for his reaction on the news after practice on Thursday.
Stave started six games for the Badgers this season, going 4-2. He was 70-for-118 for 1,104 yards and six touchdowns. He admits he is a bit rusty after missing the past two months but hopes to make it out on the field.
"I'm doing my best to knock it off," he said. "It's obviously different being out there in a game atmosphere against a team where, as much as you study film, you don't know them as well as guys you go against every single day...It is like any game. You've got to get into a rhythm and feel comfortable with it."
Phillips started for the Badgers after Stave was injured and the Badgers went 2-2 under his leadership. He is 36-for-65 on pass attempts for 457 yards and four touchdowns in four games.