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September 28, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Tormey on the linebackers

Much has been made of the play of the linebackers the last few games, so I caught up to UW linebackers coach Chris Tormey earlier this week to get his thoughts.
Tormey said the linebackers did “some good and some bad” in the game against UCLA.
“Any time you have a long run, you probably had more than one breakdown (across the defense) and it’s fair enough to say that the linebackers could have been better,” Tormey said.
“It’s just a matter of consistency. We played a lot of runs very well throughout the game. They (UCLA) ran the ball 51 times and we had a high percentage of plays that we were successful in, and we had a few breakdowns. So it’s just a matter of being consistent on every play, understanding formations, being in the right position, reading keys and executing.”
Tormey said the youth of some of the players in the linebacking corps plays a factor in some of the above-mentioned problems.
“When you haven’t played a lot, the game is very fast,” he said. “The more you play the more comfortable you become with the schemes that we run defensively and also what the offense can do to you. You get more comfortable and you react quicker.”
Tormey agreed with Tyrone Willingham’s assertion that UW had more missed tackles against UCLA than in previous games.
“We can definitely tackle better than we did Saturday,” he said. “We have, really throughout the year. But I think the skill level of the running backs has something to do with that. The more skilled the players you are playing against, the better your technique has to be. Anybody that has great speed in the backfield can make you pay if you don’t execute.”
As for the middle linebacker position, Tormey said Donald Butler replaced Trenton Tuiasosopo early on against UCLA “because he was playing better.” As for that spot this week, he said it would be a day-to-day thing “and we’ll go with the guy that is playing the best.”
As for USC, Tormey gave this brief scouting report: “UCLA gave us a ton of different shifts and formations and motions. We’ll see the same thing with USC. They run the same basic plays but they try to confuse you with formations and motions and try to gain an extra blocker at the point of attack, so as a group, we are going to have to do a great job of adjusting to USC’s run schemes.”

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