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September 14, 2007 at 11:42 PM

Don James on the game

Had a chance to talk with Don James a little bit the other day and asked him what he thought of UW’s chances against Ohio State.
Here’s what he said:
“Ohio State hasn’t just been tearing people up and if they played like they did the first two weeks, I would say we are very competitive,” James said. “But you don’t know what mood they are going to be in. But I think we gained a lot of confidence and we will respect Ohio State probably even more. And I think we’ve got a quarterback who can play. He’s something.”
Part of my reason for talking to James was to ask him what he thought of some of the new wrinkles in UW’s offense, specifically the spread option.
James reminded me that UW always had it in the playbook during his tenure, often pulling it out near the goal line, and added that the option “is still probably the hardest play to defend against. Now you have people running the option from the spread formation and having a QB who has speed and can run it really helps. It’s like against Syracuse, they fake the ball to (Louis) Rankin going right and now it’s a foot race between a quarterback and a defensive end. It’s tough (on a defense). You can miss some tackles out in the open field.”

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