The Wisconsin Badgers have been without a starting quarterback since Joel Stave broke his collarbone on Oct. 27th against the Michigan State Spartans. Ever since, junior Danny O’Brien and fifth-year senior Curt Phillips have been sharing reps at practice, and are listed as co-starters. Since the Badgers had a bye this past weekend, both players had plenty of time to impress the coaching staff.
Although head coach Bret Bielema hasn’t let the public know his decision, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made it. Bielema was to discuss the options with the coaching staff on Monday and then reveal his decision to the players on Tuesday. He will be keeping it quiet from anyone else.
O’Brien claimed the starting job in fall camp, but was replaced by Stave just three games into the season when the offense began to struggle and turn the ball over. He has been the starter ever since.
If Phillips were to get an opportunity it would be a nice story if nothing else. The mobile signal caller has had three separate ACL surgeries on his right knee and except for a few plays earlier in 2012, he hasn’t played since 2009.
The game this weekend against the Indiana Hoosiers will be crucial for Wisconsin. Due to the fact that the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions are postseason ineligible, a victory for the Badgers would clinch the Leaders division championship and earn them a spot in the conference title game on December 1st.
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