MADISON, WI (WSAU) Fifth-year senior Curt Phillips will reportedly make his first start at quarterback for Wisconsin on Saturday at Indiana. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Phillips has had most of the snaps with the Number-One offense at practice this week – and junior transfer Danny O’Brien is the Number-Two choice.
O’Brien appeared to give it away when he tweeted, “There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to look in the mirror, strap up, and grind his way back.” Badgers’ coach Bret Bielema still would not confirm his choice on Sirius-X-M Satellite Radio yesterday. He said the Badgers are starting their third quarterback change this year but quickly added, quote, “Whether it is Danny or Curt, it’s still going to be a new face in the huddle.”
Freshman Joel Stave took the job away from an ineffective O’Brien early in the season – but Stave broke a collarbone two weeks ago, and is out for the season. Phillips has missed each of the last two years with major knee injuries.
The Badgers can pull away for the Leaders’ Division playoff spot with a victory on Saturday. Wisconsin is 3-and-2 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are at 2-and-3.