Bryan Savage has a lofty goal.
"My personal goal is to start by the fourth game, at the Penn State game and that's been one of my goals for awhile, just because it's Penn State and I know it's a hard goal to accomplish but I figured that I'd work hard enough and get a chance to compete and maybe it can happen," said Savage, who hails from Haverford, Pa. and was also recruited by the Nittany Lions.
Savage will have some ground to cover when he joins the Wisconsin football team in the fall with program veterans John Stocco, Matt Schabert and Tyler Donovan and incoming freshman Sean Lewis all taking part in spring practice. Savage will also be joined by Marcus Randle El in the fall, though Randle El could also end up at receiver.
Savage, though, knows that with the departure of senior incumbent Jim Sorgi, the job is wide open.
"I mean it is something that I've always wanted to do and I see (Florida quarterback) Chris Leak and a bunch of freshman quarterbacks playing and I know the job's open this year, so I'm just going to work hard and see what happens," Savage said.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect's goals are quite ambitious, but he has a plan for success. Following a season in which he earned all-state honors, Savage began working out at a ‘speed camp' with a personal trainer three weeks ago, lifting and doing plyometrics to improve his mobility in the pocket. Savage, who ran a 4.7 40-yard dash last summer, says he was running a 4.62 during the season and noticed a significant improvement in his agility after taking part in a similar program last spring.
In about two weeks, Savage will also begin working out three days a week with former UW quarterback Mike Samuel. Savage also plans on making a 40-minute drive to Woodbury, N.J. as often as possible to pick up another Wisconsin commit, running back Chris Pressley, who will join Savage and Samuel back in Pennsylvania for workouts.
Samuel, who coaches at a school that competes against Savage's Haverford squad, will work with Savage on improving his footwork, recognizing defenses, reading film and learning the playbook, which Savage will receive after he signs his letter of intent.
"Basically we are going to work on the footsteps. He knows the dropbacks and everything that Wisconsin does," Savage said. "He is going to help me read some film because he has a bunch of film from college.
"When I sign I'm going to get a playbook and he's just going to help me with the plays, so hopefully when I come in in June, I'll know the plays enough."
He does all of this with one goal in mind: win the Badgers' starting job by Sept. 25, when Penn State comes to visit Camp Randall.