Bielema confirms it will be Phillips under center tomorrowWisconsin Sports
-- Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema confirmed yesterday that fifth-year senior Curt Phillips will be the Badgers’ starting quarterback tomorrow at Indiana.
Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema confirmed yesterday that fifth-year senior Curt Phillips will be the Badgers’ starting quarterback tomorrow at Indiana.
Phillips beat out junior transfer Danny O’Brien as the main replacement for the injured Joel Stave. Phillips has only played in seven games since joining the Badgers in 2008 – and he’s been out for much of that time due to three A-C-L knee injuries. Bielema says Phillips has battled to get where he is – and the Badgers will present a somewhat different offense to adjust to Phillips’ skills. He doesn’t run as well since his knee injuries, but he’s mobile enough to extend plays and pull off bootleg plays. Phillips and Badgers’ defensive end Brendan Kelly have both applied to the NCAA for medical extensions which would give them a sixth year of eligibility in 2013. Kelly only played three games in his freshman year, and he missed all of 2010. Bielema says both players want to come back quote, “in the worst way.” But for now, the Badgers are trying to figure out how to get by Indiana. A victory could give Wisconsin a berth in its second straight Big Ten title game next month as the Leaders’ Division representative.