Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:12 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist was recently granted a release from his scholarship in South Bend, and the highly-touted high school star is reportedly considering Wisconsin for his final year of eligibility.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing sources familiar with both Notre Dame and Wisconsin, report " Crist is high on Wisconsin." The former Irish signal-caller is set to graduate from Notre Dame later this month, making him eligible for the "free agent"-style transfer recently exhibited by current Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. For Crist to use his final year of eligibility at an FBS school in 2012, he would need to enroll in a graduate program not offered at Notre Dame.
Crist won a quarterback battle with Tommy Rees before the start of the 2011 season, but was benched after Notre Dame's 23-20 loss to South Florida in the first week of the season. Over the course of the season he eventually dropped to No. 3 on the Irish depth chart behind sophomore Andrew Hendrix, and his decision to leave came as no surprise to most.
Wilson's success in Paul Chyst's pro-style offense has been well publicized throughout the season. While head coach Bret Bielema cannot comment on potential transfers due to NCAA rules, he has acknowledged that there has been a heightened interest in transferring to Madison.
“Because of the success of Russell Wilson,” Bielema said, “I’ve been contacted by almost 10 players who want to talk about the opportunity to transfer in to the University of Wisconsin.”
Jon Budmayr, the starting quarterback at the end of Wisconsin's spring practice in 2011, fell from the quarterback race in the fall with nerve problems in his right elbow. Redshirt freshman Joe Brennan and freshman Joel Stave are both prepared to compete for the starting job after Wilson's departure. When healthy, Crist threw for over 2,000 yards and completed 59.2 percent of his passes over nine games in 2010. But even that season was ended when he suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee, the second season ending injury in the same knee.
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Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:49 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
On the same day that Wisconsin wrapped up spring practice with its spring game, the Badgers found out that they'll be without one of their quarterbacks for the entire 2011 season. Curt Phillips had to undergo surgery on his right knee on Saturday, his third procedure on the knee, and the school announced his season was over.
While neither Wisconsin nor Bret Bielema would not go into specifics on Phillips' surgery, he did need to undergo surgery in March of 2010 after tearing the ACL in his right knee. The same ACL he tore a second time during a practice on November 9 of 2010. Odds are that the ACL is to blame for this latest setback.
Making matters worse for the senior-to-be, Phillips already used his redshirt season during his first year in Madison, and will have to seek a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to be eligible for one more season in 2012.
As for how this effects Wisconsin, it's not good. Though Phillips wasn't slated to be the starter in 2011, he was expected to back up redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr. This latest setback leaves the Badgers with only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Budmayr and redshirt freshman Joe Brennan. Neither of whom lit the world on fire during Saturday's scrimmage.
Phillips has completed 7 of 12 passes for 65 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in his Wisconsin career. All of which came during the 2009 season.