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Chryst, Houston open up about quarterback decision

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- Badgers head coach Paul Chryst dropped the quarterback bomb on Thursday, but today Chryst and the two options spoke to the media about the decision. 

Chryst said he wanted to name a starter by the time the Badgers began preparations for LSU. Houston, a fifth-year senior, edged out redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook for the starting gig.

"It was exciting but also, alright cool let's get to work, " said the senior on Friday,  "I took a step back and just kind of played my game. I didn't over-do and try to make to many plays. I just let it happen. Let the reads happen."

"I appreciated the work that they both did, "said Chryst following Friday's practice, "Thought they both got better but I think  Bart does have a little bit more college experience."

Hornibrook had no collegiate experience but put up a good fight against the senior, who has played in 15 games at UW, completing 29 of 51 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. 

Houston had his best performance last season at Illinois. After Joel Stave left the first quarter with a head injury, Houston stepped in and led the Badgers to a 24-13 victory, completing 22 of 33 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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