Wisconsin's spring practice season culminated in Saturday's spring game, and a Kingsport product from Sullivan South High School notched two TDs -- one in the air and another on the ground.
According to the University of Wisconsin's student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, redshirt freshman Curt Phillips entered the game halfway through the second quarter. In his first drive he marched the team down the field, ultimately scoring on a 13-yard touchdown scamper.
In the very next possession, Phillips' team again reached the end zone, this time on a 13-yard pass from Phillips to his tight end.
Phillips finished the game 10 of 16 passing with 36 yards rushing. Though recruited by Wisconsin as a scrambling quarterback, Phillips performance through the air Saturday impressed head coach Bret Bielema.
“I knew that [Phillips] could do things with his feet, but to see what he did in the passing game made a big statement to me,” Bielema said.
Phillips, who said he must continue to develop his ability as a pocket passer, feels he benefited from sitting out last year as a red-shirt to gain experience with the Wisconsin offense.
“It’s not even close to how I feel a year ago,” Phillips said. “I just feel so much more comfortable with [the offense].”
According to a report on TheBigTenNetwork.com, Wisconsin senior Dustin Sherer has the best grasp on the offense, and is the front-runner for the starting job.
The report refers to Phillips as a "standout athlete" who "likely will get a chance to play in packages that feature his running talents."