Joel Stave
Stave with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-05-16) May 16, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Greenfield, Wisconsin
Career information
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 2016
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2016)*
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Big Ten champion (2011, 2012)
  • 4× Academic All-Big Ten (2012–15)
  • Holiday Bowl MVP 2015
  • Big Ten Medal of Honor (2016)
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Joel Stave (born May 16, 1992) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Wisconsin.

High school careerEdit

Joel Stave attended Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wisconsin, where he was a three-year letter winner in football and track and field and two in basketball. As a junior, Stave passed for 4,459 yards and 39 touchdowns and ran for an additional five touchdowns. He was honorable mention all-state by the WFCA, first-team all-region, all-suburban, all-conference, and second-team all-area as a junior. As a senior, Stave threw for 3,635 yards and 47 touchdowns and ran for an additional 2,346 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned first-team all-state honors by the WFCA, honorable mention A.P. all-state honors, unanimous conference player of the year, first-team all-conference and second-team all-region as a senior. In his career with the Falcons, Stave threw for 5,094 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 12 rushing touchdowns.

Following his high school career, Stave was rated a two-star recruit by both and He was also rated the number 17th rated or top 10th player from the state of Wisconsin and the 110th ranked quarterback in the country.

College careerEdit

Stave left Wisconsin as the school's all-time winningest quarterback with a 31–10 record as a starter. His .756 win percentage ranks No. 3 among Wisconsin quarterbacks. In his career with the Badgers, he started 41 games (third-most by a quarterback in school history) and went 22–6 (.786) as a starter against Big Ten opponents, setting school records for wins and winning percentage in conference games. He threw for 7,635 yards and 48 touchdowns, ranking second in school history in both categories. He also finished his career ranked No. 2 in passing attempts (1,031) and completions (613) and No. 4 in completion percentage (59.5%). He threw for over 200 yards in a game 18 times, the most in school history and became the first quarterback in school history to post a 4–0 record against an opponent, doing so against Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota. Stave finished his career with a 23-21 win in the Holiday Bowl vs USC and was named offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl.

Redshirt season (2011)Edit

Stave enrolled in spring semester and took part in spring practice.

Freshman season (2012)Edit

On September 15, Stave made his Badgers debut against Utah State. Stave made his first career start on September 22 against UTEP and became the first Wisconsin freshman quarterback to start since Jim Sorgi on October 21, 2000. He recorded a career-high 254 passing yards on October 6 against Illinois. Stave was injured on October 27 against Michigan State missing the rest of the regular season and the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. He returned in the 2013 Rose Bowl and attempted one pass in the game.

Sophomore season (2013)Edit

Stave recorded his first career rushing touchdown on August 31 against UMass. Established new career highs in completions (24), attempts (29) and touchdown passes (3) against Tennessee Tech on September 7.

Junior season (2014)Edit

Stave passed for 1,350 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in the 2014 season.

Senior season (2015)Edit

As a senior, Stave passed for 2,687 yards and 11 touchdowns. In winning his final game of his collegiate career Joel Stave was named Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP and captured the title of winningest quarterback in Badgers history with 31 career wins, surpassing Brooks Bollinger's record set in 2002.

Stave finished his career at Wisconsin as program's all-time leader in wins as a starting quarterback, with 31. Stave, a civil engineering major, also finished All-Academic Big Ten four times, breaking a record previously held by Drew Brees. He was also given the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2016.


Collegiate career statistics
Wisconsin Badgers
Season Games Games
Record Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg TD
2012 8 6 4–2 70 119 1,104 58.8 6 3 148.3 19 −51 −2.7 0
2013 13 13 9–4 208 336 2,494 61.9 22 13 138.1 37 −22 −0.6 1
2014 10 9 8–1 110 206 1,350 53.4 9 10 113.2 13 −70 −5.4 0
2015 13 13 10–3 225 370 2,687 60.8 11 11 125.7 33 −123 −3.7 1
NCAA Career Totals 44 41 31–10 613 1,031 7,635 59.5 48 37 129.9 102 -266 -2.6 2


Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in 236 lb 4.80 s 1.63 s 2.77 s 4.33 s 7.29 s 33.5 in 9 ft 7 in

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Stave signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Vikings as part of final roster cuts.[4] The next day, he was signed to the Vikings' practice squad.[5] He was released by the Vikings on October 25, 2016.[6]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On October 26, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks signed Stave to their practice squad.[7] He was released by the Seahawks on November 1, 2016.[8]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On November 8, 2016 Stave was signed to the Chiefs practice squad.[9] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on January 19, 2017.[10] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[11]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On October 3, 2017, Stave was signed to the Washington Redskins' practice squad.[12] He was released on October 17, 2017.[13]

New York JetsEdit

On December 12, 2017, Stave was signed to the New York Jets' practice squad.[14] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on January 1, 2018.[15] He was waived on April 14, 2018.[16]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On April 30, 2018, Stave was signed by the Cleveland Browns.[17] He was waived by the Browns on May 7, 2018.[18]


  1. "Joel Stave". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  3. *Joel Stave | Wisconsin, QB : 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
  4. "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set 53-Man Roster". September 3, 2016.
  5. "Vikings Sign 9 Players To Practice Squad".
  6. Peters, Craig (October 25, 2016). "Vikings Announce 6 Practice Squad Moves".
  7. Boyle, John (October 26, 2016). "Seahawks Re-Sign Fullback Will Tukuafu, Release Running Back C.J. Spiller".
  8. "Seahawks Waive QB Joel Stave & FB Julian Howsare From Practice".
  9. Conner, Matt (November 8, 2016). "Chiefs add QB Joel Stave, others to practice squad".
  10. Roesch, Wesley (January 19, 2017). "Chiefs sign 10 players to reserve/future contracts".
  11. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  12. Czarda, Stephen (October 3, 2017). "Redskins Sign Joel Stave, Jerry Ugokwe To Practice Squad".
  13. "10/17: Redskins Make Roster Move". October 17, 2017.
  14. Greenberg, Ethan (December 12, 2017). "Jets Place QB Josh McCown on IR".
  15. Lange, Randy (January 1, 2018). "Jets Sign 9 to Reserve/Future Contracts".
  16. Greenberg, Ethan (April 13, 2018). "Jets Waive Four Players".
  17. "Browns sign QB Joel Stave". April 30, 2018.
  18. "Browns claim P Justin Vogel". May 7, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.

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