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Monday, April 20, 2009
Recapping Wisconsin's spring game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Wisconsin put a bow on spring ball Saturday with its annual spring game at Camp Randall Stadium. Not surprisingly, the Cardinal team, made up of the starting offense and starting defense, beat the second stringers from the White team 56-20.

Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst wanted to narrow the team's quarterback competition from four players to two by the end of spring ball, and he might have gotten his wish. Redshirt freshman Curt Phillips made a strong push last week and performed well in the spring game, leading the offense to touchdowns on four of six possessions.

Phillips completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

"He's a lot further along right now," head coach Bret Bielema told reporters. "In one of our early practices I said how is this year different than last year. And he said, 'Coach I was saying words in the huddle I didn't even know what they meant.' So he is just that much further along understanding what we are doing offensively."

The starting quarterback spot likely will come down to Phillips, junior Scott Tolzien and frontrunner Dustin Sherer, who led two touchdown drives but also threw an interception in the spring game.

Other notes from Wisconsin's spring game: