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January 26, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Coach speak volume 3

Here’s the third entry on our off-season overview of the offense with offensive coordinator Tim Lappano.
Today, the tight ends and receivers:
Question: Talk about the tight end position a little bit.
Lappano: We’re really pleased with Michael Gottlieb, really like his work ethic. I think football means a lot to him. He’s just gotten a lot better since I’ve been here — he is one of the players who has improved the most since we’ve been here. He’s very good in the weight room and he gets better all the time. I’d still like to see him get a little more strength and size on him, but he’s doing everything he can in the weight room.
Robert Lewis needs to get better. He was hurt most of the season, he got hurt in two-a-days, and I don’t think we ever saw the real Robert Lewis the whole year. I think there was always something wrong with him. The last three or four games, he was playing on one leg. But he has to get in the weight room and get stronger.
And then obviously there’s Johnie (Kirton). He has got to be consistent. He can’t be up and down. We’ve got to get a lot out of him in the run game. I think that’s a position overall were there are not too many rookies there, a lot of returning guys, so we have got to take advantage of that. I like our depth there.
Question: Can you give an overview of the receiving positions?
Lappano: You start with Anthony Russo, he really had a good first half of the year, he really looked sharp. And then he struggled a little bit in the second half for whatever reason. But he was a playmaker, a deep threat, a guy who would go get the ball.
And then we really liked what we saw from Marcel Reece at the end — he really came on at the end. We knew when he came here from a JC that there would be a transition period. His transition was a lot slower than we wanted — all of us wanted it to be a bit quicker. But when he came in here, he was 265 pounds and it took him a long time to get in shape. Then he had some muscle pulls. But I thought in the end, you saw the real Marcel Reece and I think he will be a huge playmaker for us like he was in the Apple Cup. He’s in shape now, he’s kept his weight down and he did a good job academically. He’s on track right now to be the type of guy you have to get the football to. Plus, we put him outside, and I think that’s where he belongs. He struggled learning the system a little bit and didn’t have a chance to learn some of the patterns and things early on.
I think a guy who will be a real surprise for Husky fans is D’Andre Goodwin (a freshman who redshirted last season). He is very talented and he’s running some track right now — he has that kind of speed. He has a great work ethic in the weight room and he’s very strong for a kid his size. He has good instincts, quickness, the ability to make you miss. He’s going to play a lot of football for us the next four years. He did a really nice job when we had a scrimmage (for the scout team players) the week of the Apple Cup. He’s going to add a lot to this offense.
Cody Ellis is a guy who just made huge plays for us all year long. He’s got that verical stretch track speed and he’s a veteran guy who has played a lot of football. I like his ability to stretch the defense down the field. We’ve got to recognize that better and get the ball down the field in a hurry to him when that opens up.
Quintin Daniels, I think he’s finally going to be able to shed that knee brace and see him play a lot more physically and faster than he did last year. I don’t think he was fully recovered from that knee injury, but he’s a tough guy and he wanted to play no matter what. He’s a leader and a lot of the players on the team really look up to him and he’s going to give us some of that leadership like Isaiah (Stanback) did this year. I see him playing a lot faster this year. I saw him the other day and he said ‘you won’t see me with that knee brace on this year.’
We’ve got to get a whole year out of Corey Williams. We all know he’s got the talent. He just fell off the back half of the year. It’s just a case of him believing in himself and having confidence in himself. But he can do it. He made some good catches out there at times. But there’s a guy we’ve got to get more out of.



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