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September 14, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Lappano on KJR-AM

Washington offensive coordinator Tim Lappano was interviewed on KJR-AM a little earlier today.
Here are some highlights:
General thoughts on the game: “If we can move the ball against this defense, we can move it against anybody so I’m anxiou to find out where we are at.”
Hugh Millen asked Lappano what he knows now about the team that he didn’t know before the Syracuse game: “We have some playmakers.”
Said Anthony Russo “has been outstanding this week in practice.”
Asked about Louis Rankin, he said: “He’d had such a big game against Syracuse, he wants his yards and he wanted them too quickly …. I think he’ll bounce back. … When he sees somebody flash in the hole he has a tendency to want to bounce out, and especially early in the game, I coached that position in the NFL and the good ones in the NFL stick it in there early in the game and soemtimes those creases become more open and open as you wear those guys down more. Good backs and really good runners are patient and you’ve got to be patient, especially early in the game, and those 2-3-4-5 yard runs become 10-15 yards and eventually you start breaking them. He has to learn to bcome a little more patient and good things will happen”
On needing to run the football against Ohio State: “We’re going to have to be able to run the football. We have to generate some ground game inside, too. They run really well. I don’t think you can run lateral on this defense, they run too well.”
On Locker running: “Jake is going to have to run the football as well. We’re not worried about Jake getting too beat up. He came to the University of Washington not only to throw the ball but to run it, as well. He likes to run and he’s 6-3, 225, and he’s physical and he knows how to run and he runs upright so he doesn’t take a lot of shots. He wants to run the football. That’s why he came here.”
Said they want to try to move Marcel Reece around to try to get the best matchups possible. “He’s a guy we’ve go to get touches too because he’s really valuable after the catch.” Said the one drop Reece had on the sideline would have gone for a 65-yard TD.
Said he’s really interested to see how the WRs react tomorrow after the catch: “That’s going to be a big part of this football game — what are they going to do after they touch the ball? Because things happen real quick against this defense. You can’t dance around against this group.”
Asked about the tight ends, said they weren’t involved as much last week in passing because they were used more to block and that “we’ll see what happens this weekend.” Said in general that “the balls will come to them, no doubt about that.”
Asked whether the team is getting its swagger back, said he thought it started to happen after the win over WSU last year.
“We like to play now and I’m not so sure that we always liked to do that since I’ve been here.We like to play and practice harder. We’ve had a lot more spirited practices the last couple of week than we’ve had the last couple of years.”

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