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UW's Budmayr has elbow pain again

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Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 8, 2012
— Jon Budmayr has suffered another frustrating setback in his quest to become Wisconsin’s starting quarterback.

Less than a year after undergoing surgery to address nerve problems in his right elbow, Budmayr is experiencing similar problems in the elbow and is expected to miss all of spring practice.


“Jon has encountered some other issues now that have come up that are probably going to restrict him from all of spring ball,” UW coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday during UW’s pro timing day. “We’re just trying to get Jon healthy overall before we can think of football.


“Our thoughts and prayers are with him. He is really going through a lot of (medical) appointments and meetings.


“Hopefully, we’re going to get some answers soon.”


Budmayr, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season, was sidelined during preseason last summer and eventually missed the 2011 season while transfer Russell Wilson led UW to the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl.


Budmayr underwent an ulnar transposition.


“You move the nerve up under the muscle of the forearm so it’s not rubbing against the bone every time I throw,” he said last fall.


The latest setback for Budmayr is both surprising and frustrating in that he had been throwing the ball well and without discomfort in January and February.


“I don’t know if it’s career threatening,” Bielema said, “but it’s more of the same. They haven’t really gotten a handle on it.”


When UW opens spring practice on March 22, the staff will have at best two healthy quarterbacks.


Joe Brennan was the No. 2 quarterback behind Wilson last season but completed only 6 of 15 passes for 48 yards, with one interception.


Joel Stave, a walk-on from Whitnall High School, will be a redshirt freshman next season.


Curt Phillips, who has missed each of the last two seasons while trying to come back from multiple knee injuries, is expected to participate in the spring.


“Curt will be doing a little more than we thought,” Bielema said. “With him it’s about being in a pocket in a practice situation with live bodies around him.”


Bielema also provided a minor update on incoming freshman Bart Houston, who is set to undergo surgery on his right shoulder.


“Due to a previous injury,” he said, “he’s got a cyst they’re going to remove from his shoulder.


“Nothing they’re overly concerned about but it will set him back.”


With Budmayr expected to be a spectator in the spring, new offensive coordinator Matt Canada will be able to evaluate Brennan and Stave thoroughly.


“I think those two quarterbacks will benefit a great deal,” Bielema said, “because they’ll get a lot of Matt’s attention.”



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