So Wisconsin's Curt Phillips doesn't throw much — he can manage

A quarterback who lost two full seasons to injuries is happy with his game management role, including handing the ball to the likes of Montee Ball.

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Curt Phillips was asked Thursday, by the only reporter interviewing him, how far he could walk outside his downtown hotel without being recognized.

"The whole way," Phillips joked.

San Diego?

San Francisco?

Las Vegas?

"Wherever you want me to go," he reiterated.

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Last year, Wisconsin brought a famous starting quarterback to the Rose Bowl, but Phillips would be the first to tell you he is not Russell Wilson.

"I don't think I can make that comparison," Phillips said.

Good, then, let's move on.

Phillips could tell you what might have been had three surgeries on his right knee not cost him two entire seasons and left him, at 22, third on the Badgers' quarterback depth chart as a redshirt senior.

Phillips was the kind of high school talent that once prompted ESPN experts to tout: "He had everything you want in terms of measurables."

Phillips was 6 feet 3, 214 pounds, and could pass and run. The record books show he accounted for 115 total touchdowns at Sullivan South High School in Tennessee.

In 2008, rated Phillips the nation's No. 7 dual-threat quarterback behind Oregon-bound Darron Thomas.

That seems like a million scars ago. Today, Phillips is the happiest, most anonymous, grateful, non-complaining quarterback alive.

He is the afterthought in Wisconsin's game plan, more a bookkeeper than a playmaker.

"He just manages the game very well," Badgers tailback James White said. "It may look easy, but it really isn't."

It's a good thing Phillips doesn't care if he passes the ball only eight times in a game, because that's exactly how many heaves he got in Wisconsin's 70-31 rout of Nebraska in the Big Ten Conference title game.

The Badgers had five times as many running plays, 50, as passing plays. They finished with 539 ground-chuck yards and eight rushing touchdowns.

"If it means being a cheerleader, handing off the ball and congratulating them in the end zone, I love that role," Phillips said.

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