University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst had no doubts backup quarterback Curt Phillips would do everything in his power to return from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

But even Chryst was a little amazed to have Phillips taking part in limited drills for the first two days of camp, after suffering the injury on March 20.

“You temper it,” Chryst said of his enthusiasm after the second practice. “I’m really fired up (because) he’s doing something, he’s a part of it. That’s where you feel really good. You know there are still a lot of hurdles.

“But just the fact he’s in camp and participating, it not only makes myself feel good, it makes the guys around (him) feel good. Guys recognize, when guys are down, then see them working to get better. Curt’s one of the injured guys. Seeing (linebackers) Chris Borland out there and Mike Taylor out there, it kind of picks you up. You’ve got your guys practicing.”

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