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Badger Bits: Wisconsin "needs to find a quarterback"

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New Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada was recently interviewed by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg. When Canada was asked about his priorities for the Badger offense this spring, he replied: "We feel we need to find a quarterback. That's one area everybody can talk about."

Could the upcoming season be one like 2009, where Scott Tolzien came out of nowhere to earn the starting quarterback job? He led the Badgers to a 10-3 record and a Champs Sports Bowl victory over Miami. Or maybe a repeat of 2011 is in order, with former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien taking the role of Russell Wilson, a talented ACC quarterback transferring in to Madison to save the day. A worst case scenario would be a repeat of 2008, where Allan Evridge and Dustin Sherer barely squeaked the Badgers into bowl eligibility.

Canada said that Jon Budmayr and Curt Phillips are recovering from their respective injuries nicely, but really didn't go into much detail. Joe Brennan served as the backup quarterback last season, so by one school of logic he would be considered the favorite to win the starting job. Joel Stave could be considered the Tolzien-like dark horse candidate, as Stave didn't even receive a scholarship to play for Bucky. And then you've got quarterback prodigy/wunderkind Bart Houston flying in from California to play for the Badgers, but when's the last time Wisconsin handed the keys of the dump truck to a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshman?

It'll be a fun off-season for these guys. Vote in the poll after the jump for who you think will be the starter in 2012. May the best quarterback win.

Wednesday Bits:

The hotly-contested Iowa-Wisconsin rivalry is revisited. (Also, Iowa students get in free for the Badger at Hawkeye game tomorrow night? That doesn't make much sense to me.)

Incoming Wisconsin basketball recruit Sam Dekker just scored more points in a game than Wisconsin as a whole has scored in eight games this season. The small forward dropped 58 points in a 80-73 Sheboygan Lutheran victory over Random Lake.

The Wisconsin-Illinois conference finale has been Big Ten Networked, with a noon tip Madison time. I blame Bruce Weber for this.

What does Wisconsin have to do to exact revenge against Iowa in Iowa? Shooting better from three and improving on transition defense would be a good start.

Both Justin Schultz and Mark Zengerle are in the running for the coveted Hobey Baker Award. The winner will be announced at the Frozen Four on April 6th.