Quarterback play likely key in Rose Bowl

LOS ANGELES - Both Wisconsin and Stanford have great defensive units, so the team that comes out on top might have to find an advantage on the offensive side of the ball, likely at quarterback.

Stanford starting quarterback Kevin Hogan, a freshman, moved into the starting spot in the team's final four games. Hogan led Stanford to wins in all four of those games, all of which were against ranked opponents.

"I'm feeling more comfortable. I've been learning more, watching more film, and just trying to develop my game a little bit more. So I feel like I've continued to get better each and every week," Hogan said.

"His athletic ability is something you can't teach. When he gets out in space and makes a guy miss or breaks a tackle, that's such a plus. It's something defenses have to account for," Stanford Head Coach David Shaw said.

Like Hogan, Wisconsin's Curt Phillips moved into the starting role for his team's final four games.  Whereas Hogan's move was done based on performance, however, Phillips came in because of Joel Stave breaking his collarbone in the Michigan State game.

Stave is now medically cleared to play, meaning we could see two different Badgers playing quarterback in tomorrow's game.


"I'm really happy about it, Stave said. "I put in a lot of time making sure it healed correctly and tried to do what I was supposed to to put myself in this position, so I'm really happy it all kind of paid off."

"I think if you have guys that can bring stuff to the table, it's an advantage for the team," Phillips said. "I don't make any decisions about when the timing of stuff is. But if it's something that can help us and give us a better chance to win, then I'm all for it."

Curt Phillips could be granted an extra year of eligibility, meaning there would be an abundance of capable quarterbacks next season at Wisconsin.

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