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Phillips will start at QB Saturday against Indiana

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's official: Curt Phillips will start at quarterback for the Badgers on Saturday in a critical game at Indiana. Bret Bielema made the announcement Thursday evening.

This will be Phillips' first start in his five years at Wisconsin, completing a remarkable comeback from 3 torn ACL's.

Saturday also marks the first time since 1987 that three different quarterbacks have started for the Badgers in a single season.

Bielema explained his decision to start Phillips over Danny O'Brien based on what he saw at practice during the bye week.

"Curt really found some rhythm on Thursday and a little in Wednesday as well when we did some good-on-good... Obviously, he brings a little different skill set - you've all seen what he can do - so it's any opportunity for him. It may not be a traditional Wisconsin offense - you'll see some different things - but it's obviously something we're excited to see," Bielema said. "Everybody on both sides of the ball is yelling for Curt and the receivers and the offense in there to really play well. I said that all week; for our players, for our coaches, it's a rally week. It's a chance to rally around our starting quarterback -- offense, defense, special teams have all got to be a part of it."

Bielema also said Phillips has applied for a medical redshirt, which would allow him a sixth year of eligibility, since he already redshirted his freshman year.

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