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September 19, 2007 at 2:11 PM

On the defensive

Today is defensive day, which means our weekly meeting with defensive coordinator Kent Baer.
Here are some highlights:
— Asked his overall thoughts on the Ohio State game, he said “the thing I emphasized to the defense is ‘you just played a team that just played for the national championship nine months ago.’ And I think we prepared really well….
I saw some things happen during the game that I just don’t think we handled it very well but I think we understood it and as the game went on we improved in some of those things. … Football is a game of reaction and there are some things we did really well, but I think that’s an awfully talented football team.” Baer went on to say that OSU “may be more talented than I gave them credit for.”’
— Asked his impressions of UCLA, he said “A lot of speed again. Turn on that Florida State tape on from the Emerald Bowl and they’ve got receivers running by DBs at Florida State, so you know they are fast. That opens up your eyes a little bit. It seems like they are always that way. They have a lot of skilled talent. You always look at points that people score and how many yards an I think they had (624) yards against Stanford the first game, that’s a lot of yards see numbers like that it scares you. You look at the stats in the Utah game and they are very equal other than turnovers. It’s just the turnovers hurt them Saturday. It’s pretty unusual to see a score of 44-6 and see the stats that close. The key was the turnovers.”
— Asked how to prepare for the possibility of two different starting QBs for UCLA, Baer said “it’s really difficult. We’ll try to do what we do and understand that they do do a few different things with a left-handed quarterback (Ben Olson) than a right-handed quarterback (Pat Cowan) and they might change some of their formations or motion schemes a little bit based on what QB they are using. But otherwise we aren’t going to change much.”
— Baer said Cowan is “a better scrambler” than Olson and that he has watched a lot of tape of him the last few days as well as Olson.
— Asked how Vonzell McDowell is doing, he said just fine. He said he asked him when he came to the sideline following the long TD Saturday if he was okay and “he said yeah and he had a little smile on his face.”
— Asked about UCLA’s loss of starting guard Shannon Tevega, Baer said that the Bruins “bunch up their splits so tight that a lot of what they do is gap block and scheme, so I don’t know if it affects them as much as some other teams.” Also pointed out that backup P.J. Irvin has played quite a bit.
— Asked how the team is bouncing back from the Ohio State game, he said “we had a great attitude yesterday I thought. You always check to see how they act on Sundays. We come in pretty early on Sundays to grade film and you’re also interested to see who is around and it seemed like there was a lot of guys around and a lot of guys watching tape on their own, which was great. And (Tuesday’s) practice was pretty good.”
— Asked about the play of the front seven Saturday, he said “it was really good at times and not good enough at times. I thought our front four up front guys played pretty good for the most part, just a couple of things that happened and some different blocking schemes. Nothing they hadn’t seen just didn’t recognize it. Comes from some youth and I think they learned from it.”
— In response to a question about it, said the team has thought in the past about moving Chris Stevens to safety, but that nothing is in the works along those lines.

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