Found March 07, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MADISON, Wis. A quarterback battle is brewing as Wisconsin's spring football season approaches. But even coach Bret Bielema isn't sure how to fully evaluate the competition because half of his players at the position are injured. While quarterbacks Joe Brennan and Joel Stave actively prepare for the start of spring football on March 22, Jon Budmayr and Curt Phillips will watch from the sideline. Bielema announced during Wednesday's pro day that Budmayr, a redshirt sophomore, continues to experience problems in his throwing arm and is likely to miss all of spring camp. Budmayr sat out the 2011 season after suffering nerve damage in his right elbow during fall practices. "It's some of the stuff that flared up during the fall unfortunately," Bielema said. "We're just trying to get Jon healthy overall before we even think about from a football standpoint. Our thoughts and prayers are with him. He's really going through a lot of appointments and meetings and hopefully going to get some answers for him soon."Bielema added that he wasn't sure if Budmayr's latest setback was career threatening."It's more of the same thing they haven't really gotten a handle on," he said. "Like anybody, when you go to a doctor, you expect to find an answer and it's not there. It's frustrating, so we're trying to find those things out."Budmayr was ranked as the No. 1 high school quarterback in Illinois when he enrolled at Wisconsin in January 2009 to take part in spring practice. After using a redshirt season in 2009, he appeared in three games in 2010, completing 8 of 10 passes for 134 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.Phillips, a redshirt junior, missed 2011 following a setback in his recovery from a second ACL tear in his right knee and will be limited this spring. Bielema said Phillips would be involved in passing situations that didn't involve live drills.Phillips appeared in five games in 2009 and completed 7 of 13 passes for 65 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. With Budmayr and Phillips sidelined, that leaves only Stave and Brennan to compete in spring practice. Stave, a freshman from Greenfield, Wis., did not appear in a game in 2011. But he earned first-team all-state as a high school senior from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association after throwing for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns.Brennan, a redshirt freshman, appeared in six games during mop-up duty in 2011 behind quarterback Russell Wilson. He completed 6 of 15 passes for 48 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.Barring a sudden transfer situation similar to the one involving Wilson who was eligible to play immediately in 2011 and became Wisconsin's starter after graduating from North Carolina State Bielema said he might have to use an emergency backup plan. He mentioned freshman defensive back Nate Hammon, who played quarterback at Milton High School in Wisconsin, as an emergency possibility."I know even within our team we've had some discussions of different guys that have played quarterback in the past if we get caught in a bind," Bielema said.In addition to updates on Budmayr and Phillips, Bielema also said that incoming freshman Bart Houston, a four-star quarterback from De La Salle High School in California, likely would miss part of fall practice because of a cyst removal on his throwing shoulder from a previous injury.Bielema added that he wasn't concerned about going through spring practice with just two healthy quarterbacks."We did it a year ago," Bielema said. "It was just Joe and Joel last year, and Jon was in there a little bit. I think those two quarterbacks are going to benefit a great deal. They'll get a lot of attention."Follow Jesse Temple on Twitter.

Report: Badgers interested in ex-Terp OBrien

MADISON, Wis. Given the inexperience among and injuries to Wisconsin's group of quarterbacks, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Badgers are on the prowl for outside help once again. Multiple reports indicate the Badgers are actively pursuing Maryland transfer quarterback Danny O'Brien, who will graduate this spring and will have two years of eligibility...

More Uncertainty at QB for Wisconsin?

According to a report out of the Wisconsin State Journal things have gone from bad to worse at Quarterback for the Badgers as star recruit Bart Houston needs surgery on his throwing shoulder and may not participate or be limited at the least through fall camp.   That is certainly not good news for a QB staff that has zero experienced options and two QB's already coming off...

Wisconsin: Rebuilding or Reloading in 2012?

Expect Ball to do some heavy lifting in 2012 In January, Phil Steele got a head-start on everybody and posted his "returning starters" for the 2012 season. I thought it would be interesting to look at the schools that have the least amount of returning starters. On Monday, we took a look at Boise State. Now it's time to set our sites to the automatic qualifier conferences...

Henry Shines In Front of Thompson

The Packers need a safety and Aaron Henry — a Scouting Combine snub — turned heads at Wisconsin's pro day. Badger Nation publisher Benjamin Worgull has the scoop straight from Madison.

Badgers eager for a win in Big 10 tourney

MADISON, Wis. Nobody goes to a dinner party expecting to leave before the main course has even been served. That's essentially what Wisconsin's basketball team has done the last three years at the Big Ten tournament in March. Players stay just long enough to nosh on bread and soup, only to slip quietly out the side door without disturbing guests just as the meal is getting...

Notes: Down to Two

With Russell Wilson heading to the NFL, redshirt senior quarterback Curt Phillips coming off another ACL rehabilitation and incoming freshman Bart Houston needing minor surgery, UW couldn't afford any more issues at the quarterback position. On Wednesday, Bielema revealed that the Badgers are helping Jon Budmayr deal with another elbow issue.
Badgers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.