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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 5, 2007 at 1:25 PM

On the defense

We’re into our regular season routine now which means we get to talk to offensive players on Tuesday and defensive players on Wednesday.
So with defense the focus today, one of our first interviews was with defensive coordinator Kent Baer.
Baer said Boise State will present as much of a challenge for the UW defense in terms of its varied offense.
Baer said the UW coaches did a three-game film breakdown of Boise State and that the Broncos showed 35 different formations. “Probably more than any team I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” he said.
Baer said BSU shows all those formations to put defenses “in a bad position and create big plays. There’s just a lot of stuff to prepare for.”
But the Broncos showed little of that last week against Weber State, Baer said, using mostly simple plays that didn’t ask new QB Taylor Tharp or the new receivers to do much.
Asked about Tharp, Baer said “it’s hard to tell because they didn’t ask him to do much. It’s hard to judge anything off of last week.”
Baer said discipline will be a key this week in defending all of different looks, though he said that’s always a key.
Emphasizing all of that too much, Baer said, is almost what Boise State wants opponents to do.
“If you worry about it too much, you play slow and non-aggressive,” Baer said.
Boise State figures to target some of the younger players in UW’s secondary, something Baer said “is a little of a concern” in wondering how the younger players will react to the setting of a nationally ranked foe in a full stadium. “It will be different coming into this,” he said. “You just don’t see this in high school.”
Baer also talked about Boise State’s veteran offensive line, led by All-American candidate left tackle Ryan Clady, and said it might be as good an offensive line as UW will face this season.
“They played some good fronts last year (Oklahoma, Oregon State) and moved the ball on all of them,” Baer said.
DAVENPORT SAYS HE’LL PLAY: Also had a chance to talk with cornerback Byron Davenport who said there is no doubt that he will make his Husky debut Saturday. He was held out last week with a hamstring injury suffered the second day of fall camp.
“I went out there (Tuesday) and did way more than I’ve done the past couple of weeks so it’s feeling better,” he said. “It’s not pain, it’s just like a soreness I’m playing through. Nothing that’s holding me back or nothing. … By gameday I’ll be ready to go.”
Davenport said he practiced all out last Monday and Tuesday and thought he was ready to go, but that toward the end of Tuesday’s practice his hamstring was really sore and he eased up a little bit and the coaches told him to shut it down and that he wouldn’t make the trip.
With a few days off, he said he went home to Los Angeles and was treated by a massusse he has seen since high school and worked out.
“I’m excited (to finally play),” he said.

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