Seattle is starting to look very much like Wisconsin West.
A day after being cut from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad, former Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave was signed to the Seahawks practice squad on Wednesday. He joins three other former Badgers signal callers in Seattle — offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Tanner McEvoy.
“I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but we’re stockpiling Wisconsin quarterbacks,” Bevell said with a smile when he met with reporters on Wednesday. “There’s four of us here. Two of us don’t play the position anymore, so I think that tells you something, but I’m excited to have those guys here.”
The three players know each other well. Stave was a freshman during Wilson’s lone season in Madison in 2011, while McEvoy and Stave battled for the starting gig at Wisconsin in 2013 and 2014, before they moved McEvoy to wide receiver where he caught 10 passes in 2015.
Bevell and Stave are the No. 1 and No. 2 all-time leading passers in Wisconsin history, while Wilson owns nearly every single-season passing record at UW, including yards (3,175), touchdowns (33) and passing efficiency (191.8). In 2014, McEvoy broke the single-season school record for rushing yards (574) by a quarterback.
In the preseason with Minnesota, Stave threw for 285 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.