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Houston Looks to Take Full Advantage of Season Opening Start

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Playing on the big stage was a dream for the four star recruit Bart Houston. He probably thought it would come sooner, as the fifth year senior makes his first collegiate start against LSU to open the 2016 season.

It has been a long journey for the senior. Up and down in the depth chart, even a stint trying out as a punter for the Badgers.

"The past was fun, and doing everything that i could for the team, that was always my thing." Said Houston. "Every year you find a niche, and it's going to be different every year and that's what you do. you excel at that and one year it just happened to be punting."

Houston stuck with taking snaps under center. Last season playing behind Joel Stave until mid October Stave went down with an injury against Illinois, and Houston finished the game leading the Badgers to a 24-13 win.

 "Coach Chryst kept it simple, it got me into the flow of the game. now I'm the guy." Houston said. "I'm going to have more of the reps. so I will be able to have the practice reps, and the walk through reps and have those translate into the game."

"I was involved with recruiting Bart." Said Paul Chryst. "I thought he picked football for a number of reasons. football certainly being part of it. I think that senior class now is a close group. I think he has earned the right to play."

With just 15 games under his belt and just 51 passes, Houston now gets to prove himself against LSU at Lambeau field and he already has a connection with Green Bay.

"my Packer background is pretty cool. I'm named after Bart Starr. I never thought it would happen like that, but it's cool." Said a laughing Houston.

The Badgers will play LSU at 2:30pm on Saturday at Lambeau Field. The game is televised on WKOW.

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