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October 24, 2006 at 2:33 PM

Lappano defends balance

There’s been a lot of discussion on this blog, and other message boards that cater to Washington Husky football, about the play-calling Saturday.
So we had a chance today to talk to offensive coordinator Tim Lappano during his weekly meeting with the media. As you might have expected, Lappano defended UW’s offensive game plan Saturday against the Bears.
When I asked him about a common complaint of a lot of you out there — the Huskies run too much on first down and do it too predictably — he disagreed.
“No,” he said. “We keep a pretty good chart on what we are doing on firsts down. We try to be fairly balanced. When it gets too crazy on that, we change that. We watch that. Every game I have a chart, I know what we are doing on first down every game during the game. If something is working, I don’t care (about doing it over and over. If it’s not, obviously we want to make sure that we stay balanced.”
As for the third-and-one plays, Lappano reiterated what he said after the game, that the players have to understand the situation better.
“We addressed that Sunday and hopefully we are all on the same page,” he said. “Every back, every runner, needs to know what to do on third down, has to know the down and distance and you have to know what you need to know to get that yard.”
Lappano also reiterated that he thought Carl Bonnell played pretty well for his first start save for the five interceptions. “But those weren’t all on Carl,” he said. And the ones that were, he said, “are all correctable. Those are things we can correct in one week. … He played pretty good. He gave us a chance.”
Lappano said the quarterback snaps will be divvied up the same way they were last week, with Bonnell getting the majority, Jake Locker getting a few and Johnny DuRocher getting even fewer. That, obviously, confirms even further that Locker is the true backup but that the situation will determine who would play in the event a change needed to be made, as the Huskies are still trying to preserve Locker’s redshirt year, if necessary.
Lappano said Locker “got a lot better” during the week. He said it was obvious on Tuesday, when he faced some all-out blitzes, that he hadn’t faced such defenses very often. But he said later in the week, Locker was picking up those blitzes “pretty well.”
As for whether Locker will play this year if needed, Lappano said “we’ll see. It’s just something we’ve got to wait and see.”

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