Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst spoke to the assembled media on Thursday morning and was his usual electric self. He did say he was “excited” to be there, which is a change of pace for him. To be honest, it seemed like a lot of the coaches were happy to be back in front of real people talking about “the opportunity” and how their team “looks really good” instead of speaking into their laptop’s camera.
Chryst is "EXCITED TO BE AT MEDIA DAYS!?!?!"— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) July 23, 2021
Crazy year already, man.
Chryst didn’t really speak about anything of substance during his time in front of the cameras, giving out such bon mots as “it’s all about scoring more points than your opponent.” He also was asked about how he can carry the momentum of the Milwaukee Bucks into the college football season and he went on an extended discussion about Giannis.
“It’s all about scoring more points than your opponent.” - Paul Chryst is on FIRE today. #B1GMediaDays— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) July 23, 2021
Chryst did eventually talk about starting quarterback Graham Mertz who, he noted, has homed in on areas in which he can improve. Consistency, for Mertz and the offense in general, was again a talking point for Chryst.
Paul Chryst says he likes that Graham Mertz recognizes that he can improve. Wants to see more consistency from the QB.— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) July 23, 2021
The most interesting thing to come out of media days, so far, was the fact that 85% of the Badgers team is vaccinated. That’s a great number and should put the team in good shape heading into the fall. This came out after Chryst was done on stage, so it was probably only the local media that was around and so he felt more comfortable.
#Badgers coach Paul Chryst says team is at 85% vaccination rate.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) July 23, 2021
Everything we’ve heard about freshman RB Braelon Allen makes us like him even more. This kid is going to be a monster in Madison.
Regarding #Badgers frosh Braelon Allen, Paul Chryst said the staff during the recruiting process had no idea where he'd play. Only knew they wanted the kid. Chryst said each time they talked to Braelon about a position, he said: "Whatever the team needs."— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) July 23, 2021