MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst met with reporters following practice Thursday in his final media availability ahead of the team’s game Saturday against Purdue.
Chryst addressed the injury status of wide receiver Jazz Peavy, the quarterback play of Purdue’s David Blough and the depth at offensive line for the Badgers.
Peavy is listed as out for the game with a right leg injury. He has caught 5 passes for 55 yards this season, numbers that rank fifth on the team. Last season, Peavy caught 43 passes for 635 yards with 5 touchdowns.
Here is what Chryst had to say:
Chryst: I thought we’ve had a good week of preparation. That’s not done yet. Looking forward to getting the opportunity to play in this game. This is obviously a team that’s a good football team, playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve got to play well to give ourselves a chance.
How difficult is it going to be to replace Jazz?
Chryst: It’s an opportunity for other guys to step up. You always want all your players. And yet you want them to be at their best, and obviously, Jazz isn’t able to do that. That group’s got to step up and those around have to step up.
Is it something that happened with Jazz this week or is it something that’s been lingering?
Chryst: Something that’s kind of been lingering and did a little bit more. The best way to get him healthy by the doctors is to rest him.
Has Jazz’s lingering injury affected him in previous games?
Chryst: I think it has to in some ways that you’re not 100 percent. I think that affects everyone.
Will this be a long-term injury?
Chryst: Don’t think so.
Purdue has had great quarterbacks. What does David Blough present that challenges your defense?
Chryst: I think he’s certainly a talented quarterback, and it looks like he’s getting more and more comfortable with what they’re doing. I think that he and the offense make you defend the whole field. He can do things with his arm, obviously a really good arm talent. And yet can run the ball.
I think the scheme that he’s getting more and more comfortable with, it presents some challenges. You’ve got to play disciplined football and when the play declares, you’ve got to get hats to the ball. But it just looks like he’s playing better and better. I think he’s talented.
How pleased have you been with your offensive line depth, particularly with Jon Dietzen and Micah Kapoi questionable?
Chryst: We’re calling on a lot of guys, and that happens I think at every position. I think this will be a huge challenge for our front. We’ve got to match that. They’ve got a really good front seven, so that’s an opportunity. But it’s going to be a challenge.
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