No. 9 Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst went on ESPN’s Weekday Walkthrough with host Matt Schick on Wednesday and addressed a number of topics including Northwestern, Troy Fumigali, Jonathan Taylor and this weekend’s game against Nebraska.
“The last two games have been really close ballgames and certainly you see a team that’s got a lot of talent and in our opinion, really well-coached and we know it’s a tough place to go and play and so we’re looking forward to that opportunity,” Chryst said on ESPN. “We’ve got to have a good week of preparation so we can give ourselves the best chance on Saturday.”
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Chryst also addressed the status of tight end Troy Fumagalli, who did not play last weekend due to a left leg injury and was listed as questionable earlier this week. The coach now lists him as day-to-day.
“Troy was able to get some practice in last week, but wasn’t to the point where he could play,” Chryst said. “We’re hoping he’ll be able to do some things this week. Until we get a better indication, his status would be day-to-day.”
Fumagalli had a touchdown in each of the first three games to go with 236 receiving yards.
Schick then asked the coach about freshman phenom Jonathan Taylor, who’s already chugged along for 518 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Chryst said the team was excited when Taylor came to campus, but didn’t know how he’d react as is the case with most freshmen. But since he’s been in Madison, he’s only gotten better.
“I think Jonathan kept steadily progressing and certainly we believed in his talents,” said Chryst. “We were excited when he was coming here and he kept improving and kept going.”
At the beginning of the interview, Chryst was also asked about last week’s 33-24 victory over the Wildcats.
Chryst said the game proved his team has to play 60 full minutes and he was proud of how his Badgers played and competed.
“The games all play out a little different,” said Chryst. “I thought there were some good things that we did that gave us a chance to win and certainly a number of areas that we can improve upon and will improve upon to be the best team we can be.”
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