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September 7, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Baer on KJR

UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer was just on KJR-AM on the Football Friday show.
Here are a few highlights:
On thoughts on Syracuse game — “It was just one game. To be honest, I thought we started slow. We were slow reacting, didn’t read a key, kind of mesmerized a little bit. But as the game went on, we really got in a flow and I was excited by that.”
On how true freshman Vonzell McDowell played — “We actually started McDowell in our base group and Nate Williams in our nickel and played more nickel than our base so we acutually had two true freshmen in there. We knew their offensive line had a lot of new starters. Number one thing was to make sure to stop the run …. And then see if we could get some kind of pass rush with our front three or four and just basically try not to put those kids in a tough position in the first game. It’s going to happen eventually, people will find them eventually, but that was our thought. ….”
On how the young DBs will handle things tomorrow — “We’ve got a lot of thigns ready to go for tomorrow where we are gong to have to single them up. We have no choice. Sooner or later they can single them up onne way or the other. They’re going to have to play football, get their feet wet.”
On preparing for Boise State — “It’s been a miserable week (laughing). On first down alone, we did a three-game breakdown of the game last week, really just the first half, and the Fresno and Oklahoma games last year and they have 35 different formations on first down. I’ve maybe heard of 12-15, but 35 when you go through that list. … You can’t prepare for all that. We don’t have that many reps in a week. What it forces you to do is go back to fundamentals, technique, sound gap control. Their idea is to shift, motion get you out of a gap. Thaat’s their whole thought. For the first couple of days this week we made some mistakes and we are going to make some mistakes tomorrow. But I’m not going to allow that to slow us down. We are going to do what we do.”
Does it make you want to play more simple defenses? — “That’s a great point and it does. But that’s w hat they want you to do, to simplify it. To a point, we have and we probably will early in the game, but that means they are dictating what you can do and we are not going to allow that. We had a lot of mistakes in practice Wednesday but we cleaned that up yesterday so I was excited about it.”
General thought on Boise — Paraphrasing, said they aren’t necessarily the most talented team in the WAC, that Fresno might have more, but said they are like Navy and play above their talent. “They play better than most teams as a team. They just find ways to get you out of position. But Ian Johnson is awfully talented and have one of the best offensive lines in the country.We are going to get tested and are going to make mistakes.”
What’s more concerning, Boise State passing or running? …”Boise State running the ball, without question. If we can get them in some passing situations we have a lot more option. … they are really good running in-between the tackles. They are always trying to create a wing somewhere to run behind that wing. Going to be a long day if we don’t at least control them running the ball.”
Who are a couple of players who need to have big days? — “Being a coach, you want to say all 11. It all starts up front with the defensive line going against a real veteran offensive line so I’d say the front seven especially. I’d say the whole front seven has to have a tremendous day.”



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