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Surgery set for UW QB recruit

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Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 7, 2012
— Touted quarterback Bart Houston, who signed with Wisconsin last month, is set to undergo minor shoulder surgery that likely will limit his participation in preseason camp in August.

UW coach Bret Bielema revealed Houston’s situation during a Mendota Gridiron Club meeting Monday in Oshkosh.


He confirmed the development Tuesday morning. Though he declined to discuss many specifics, Bielema said the surgery will be on Houston’s right (throwing) shoulder


Houston passed for 1,999 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 338 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior last season at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif.


He led De La Salle to a 13-1 record and its third consecutive California Interscholastic Federation state title.


Although Houston wasn’t expected to challenge for the starting position next season, any missed practice time would delay his development.


Barring the addition of former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien, who is evaluating his transfer options, UW will enter preseason camp with little experience at quarterback.


Jon Budmayr (elbow) and Curt Phillips (knee) are unknowns because of injury.


Joe Brennan played sparingly last season behind starter Russell Wilson, and Joel Stave will be a redshirt freshman in the fall.


Stave, a preferred walk-on from Whitnall, impressed Bielema during practices last season.


“I think what you’re going to find out and see here in very short fashion,” Bielema said on national signing day, “is our preferred walk-on program with Joel Stave is going to show that he was a scholarship player.”



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