What a inspirational story.
Most football players who have had three ACL knee injuries most likely would be finished putting the pads on. Phillips, however, has pressed on.
He finally got a shot to play quarterback at Wisconsin last season after Danny O’Brien was stripped of his starting quarterback job and Joel Stave went down with an injury.
Phillips made his first start of the season for the Badgers on Nov. 17 against Ohio State and he competed 14 of 25 passes for 154 yards and 1 touchdown.
But his highlight game of the regular season came the following week, when Phillips threw for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns at Penn State.
The good news kept coming for the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder came after the season. Phillips was recently granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
2012 Bowl Highlight:
With Phillips under center, the Badgers destroyed Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game to advance to the Rose Bowl.
With Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon each rushing for over 200 yards against the Cornhuskers, Phillips only had to throw 8 passes in the lopsided win.
Against Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Phillips completed 10 of 16 passes for 83 yards and 1 touchdown. Wisconsin lost the bowl game to the Cardinal 20-14.
Even with his success at QB last season, Phillips has to overcome some fierce competition to keep his starting job.
Phillips did play with the first-team offense against the first-team defense at the beginning of spring practice, and that’s a good sign.
But the Kingsport, Tenn., native has to continue holding off three other contenders – O’Brien, Stave and redshirt freshman Bart Houston. He also has to continue impressing new Head Coach Gary Andersen.
Given his strong desire, his willingness to continue playing after three knee injuries and his obvious talent, don’t be surprised if Phillips is on the field when Wisconsin kicks off the 2013 season on Aug. 31 vs. Massachusetts.