Badger Bits: Phillips suffers another setback

Hey, remember when I wrote a while ago that Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips might challenge Jon Budmayr for the starting quarterback job? Yeah, never mind that.

The oft-injured redshirt junior suffered another setback to his right knee yesterday, and head coach Bret Bielema said Phillips will undergo surgery today to find the exact cause of the problem. This will be Phillips' third surgery in 13 months (!), but Bielema said the team expects him to be back in June. According to Mulhern, he might not be able to return to contact drills until the start of fall camp.

That timeline seems rather optimistic to me, and I don't think it would be a good idea for the Badgers to count on Phillips being ready for the fall. Phillips' new setback virtually assures that Budmayr will be the Badgers' starting quarterback in 2011, and that either redshirt freshman Joe Brennan or true freshman Joel Stave will be the second string signal caller. 

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Going to the spring game tomorrow? (I am!) If you have any questions, UWBadgers.com has a handy FAQ page

Fellow SB Nation site Corn Nation has a quick preview of the inaugural Big Ten matchup between Wisconsin and Nebraska.

UWBadgers.com has a piece on Travis Frederick taking over for John Moffitt at left guard after redshirting last year.

Barry Alvarez has tapped associate athletic director Sean Frazier to replace his top aide Shawn Eichorst, who recently left Wisconsin to take over Miami's Athletic Department.

Jeff Potrykus writes that Kenzel Doe is off and running following an absence from the team.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes takes a look at next year's potential captains for men's hockey.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com also writes about an interesting situation for the Badger hockey team: What if Jordy Murray turns pro? 

Don't forget: the spring game is tomorrow at 1 p.m.! Have a great weekend! 

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