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Phillips, not O’Brien, to reportedly get start at QB for Badgers

Curt Phillips AP

Suffice to say, Danny O’Brien‘s short time at Wisconsin has not gone as planned.

After transferring from Maryland to UW in the offseason and winning the starting job, uneven performances led head coach Bret Bielema to yank O”Brien in favor of Joel Stave.  After Stave suffered a season-ending injury, it was thought that O’Brien would again be back in the Badgers’ offensive saddle.

Apparently, at least for now, that won’t be the case.

Citing a source close to the program, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday afternoon that senior Curt Phillips will make his first collegiate start this weekend against Indiana.  The paper writes that Phillips has gotten the majority of the snaps with the No. 1 offense during practice this week.

UW has yet to announce who will start Saturday in a game against the Hoosiers that, amazingly, will have a significant impact on the Big Ten Leaders division.  If UW wins, they will claim the divisional title and a spot in the conference championship game with two regular season games remaining.  If Indiana wins, the Hoosiers would control their own destiny in the Legends, needing a pair of wins — at Penn State, at Purdue — for an improbable early-December trip to Indianapolis.

Charged with the clinching task will be Phillips, who has suffered three significant knee injuries during his time in Madison.  He did not play in 2010 and 2011 due to torn ACLs, and has yet to attempt a pass this season.

In fact, he’s only thrown 12 in his career, with all of those coming in 2009.

When an official announcement will be made by the Badgers regarding the quarterback situation is unclear, although the Journal Sentinel reported that the players were expected to be informed of Bielema’s decision Tuesday.

(Photo credit: UW athletics)

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2 Responses to “Phillips, not O’Brien, to reportedly get start at QB for Badgers”
  1. handsofsweed says: Nov 7, 2012 5:58 PM

    Not exactly. They won’t clinch the division title with a win over Indiana. They would clinch a spot in the title game. Ohio State is going to have to lose to Wisconsin (and maybe Michigan, too) for Bucky to clinch the division title.

    Not highly likely, but definitely possible.

  2. metalhead65 says: Nov 8, 2012 1:10 AM

    it won’t be this year but I can’t wait for the day when IU rolls the score up on wisconsin. they don’t have to score 80 just enough to hear that prick whine about leaving starters in. my dream is to see them up by 30 and call time and kick a field with under a min. to go in the game. you know follow the book like he did when going for 2 and up by 30 against minnesota a couple of years ago with 6 min. left in the game. they are the only big ten team I root against come bowl season.

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