Paul Chryst met the media one final time on Friday afternoon before his Wisconsin Badgers play for a Big Ten title.
It’s the fourth time in six years Wisconsin has appeared in the Big Ten Championship Game, but it’s the first for Chryst. He addressed a handful of subjects before the No. 6 Badgers face No. 7 Penn State on Saturday, including his quarterback situation to potential College Football Playoff implications. Here are some of Chryst’s best answers:
On defending Penn State running back Saquon Barkley:
“I think on his own merit, Saquon Barkley is a heck of a football player, really talented, can make things happen even when it’s not necessarily blocked clean or whatever it may be. … Penn State forces you to defend the whole field, not just the run game, not just the passing game. We’ve got to do a great job of playing individual assignment football, but then ultimately team football. Once the ball declares, we have to get as many hats to it as we can.”
On being on the verge of a Big Ten title:
“What I’m most excited for is this group of players. This is their window of opportunity. For them to do what they did to have the opportunity, to earn the opportunity to play tomorrow night, really proud of them. I’m looking forward to them trying to maximize that opportunity. It’s not about me. But I’m proud to be part of it. I do feel that I am part of it. But it’s more than that. I don’t spend time trying to think about what it means to me. It’s what it means to our team.”
On CFP talk potentially overshadowing the game:
“This is a big deal that we’re here. I think one quality of this team that I’ve appreciated a ton this year is their ability to make the most of the moment. They’ve done that. I don’t spend any time trying to figure out or think about maybe what you’re asking in the question as far as big picture. I know this is a big deal for us and our players. So I don’t know if I gave a great answer, but it’s not a big deal right now.”
On the possibility of playing both quarterbacks:
“We’ll see where Alex (Hornibrook) kind of finishes out this week. But I wouldn’t hesitate if everything goes good and Alex finishes out this week, I would not hesitate at all.”
Chryst’s full press conference transcript can be found here.