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Paul Chryst believes Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook will be available against Penn State

If Hornibrook does play, how will Chryst handle UW’s two-quarterback system?

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It appears the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers could have their starting quarterback available for their biggest game of the season.

After being listed as questionable on both the Monday and Friday injury reports, head coach Paul Chryst believes Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will have redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook for the Big Ten Championship Game against Penn State (10-2, 8-1).

“Each day this week he’s progressed, so I think that he’ll be available to play,” Chryst told ESPN’s Sam Ponder on Saturday morning.

Hornibrook has started nine games, completing over 58 percent of his passes for 1,243 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. The southpaw suffered a head injury during the second quarter in last week’s 31-17 win over Minnesota.

It will be intriguing to see how many series Hornibrook receives, both due to the injury and the progression and re-emergence of redshirt senior Bart Houston. Houston has played well as the change-of-pace quarterback since Wisconsin’s 17-9 win at Iowa on Oct. 22. Against the Gophers last week, he completed nine of 14 passes for 123 yards with no interceptions and led Wisconsin on all five of its scoring drives.