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Badgers Starting QB Job Still Up For Grabs

Another August and the beginning of training camp begs the annual question: Who is Wisconsin’s starting quarterback going to be this season?

MADISON, Wis. —Another August and the beginning of training camp begs the annual question: Who is Wisconsin’s starting quarterback going to be this season?

Head coach Bret Bielema didn’t have an answer yet Sunday. But he expects a starting QB to be named soon - certainly before the Badgers’ Sept. 5 opening game against Northern Illinois.

“We have four quarterbacks,“ Bielema said at the team’s annual media day “and we’re excited about all of them. Like I said going back to last spring, we’d probably name someone 10 days out (from the first game). Hopefully that might be more accelerated.“

One of the players competing for the job is fifth-year senior Dustin Sherer played in 11 games a year ago, including seven starts. He ended spring drills atop the depth chart.

Fifth-year senior Dustin Sherer, who played in 11 games a year ago, including seven starts, ended spring drills atop the depth chart. He completed 104-of-191 passes for 1,389 yards and six TDs with five interceptions.

Pushing Sherer are red-shirt freshman Curt Phillips, junior Scott Tolzien and freshman Jon Budmayr.

“Having seven games under your belt and being around here for four years, there is a different accountability,“ Sherer said. “I need to bring more to the table experience-wise and that’s what I’m trying to do.“

Sherer said having four players vying for the starting quarterback job will make the eventual winner of the job better.

“It’s something all of us are used to the last couple of years, but it brings out the competitive side of you,“ he said. “It makes you compete. We all get along and help each other because it’s about this team. But the competition is going to make us better.“

Other positions are up for grabs as while, particularly on defense, which ranked fourth in the Big Ten last year, giving up 329.1 yards per game.

“You look at the players that we lost, not only in the front line, where we lost three of four, but we lost two of three linebackers and a very good corner who had been there for over three years,“ Bielema said. “The pure competition for those spots brings up a lot of questions.“