Wisconsin players were given an opportunity to talk about how they felt after Paul Chryst was fired. Keannu Benton, John Torchio, and Braelon Allen were some of the players who spoke on it.

Benton and Torchio are seen as leaders of the defensive side of the ball. Benton plays on the DL, while Torchio plays safety. Benton stated that the leaders on the team were very hard on themselves after Chryst was let go.

“We were kind of hard on ourselves as leaders, because this is not the outcome we wanted in the few games we had,” said Benton. “We can’t hang our heads too low, and can’t be too high at times.”

Torchio says that at the end of the day it comes down to the players. The Wisconsin safety emphasized how the player didn’t think they would be in this situation.

“I don’t think anyone saw it coming,” said Torchio. “I think we as players thought we would execute better and perform better, and we haven’t. That’s on us as players. We’re all shocked and none of us thought we would be in this situation.”

Allen has slowly shifted into a leadership position with the team after his breakout performance from a season ago. Regardless of what has happened, Allen stated that he’s using this as fuel for the rest of the season.

“I think for a lot of guys the situation’s not easy,” said Allen. “Nobody wanted to see Coach Chryst go, so for me personally it’s fuel. It’s really on us, we didn’t execute and play the football that we needed to play. Moving forward, we gotta use it as fuel.”