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October 9, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Hasty making his move?

Today was the day for our weekly chat with UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, and among the highlights was his statement that J.R. Hasty ran well during the team’s scrimmages last week and may get a chance to play this week.
Lappanpo also praised the play of Brandon Johnson as well, saying “they both ran really physical and were knocking people around a little bit.”
Lappano didn’t mention Curtis Shaw, which may be telling.
With the temperatures expected to be in the 80s or so for kickoff Saturday night, UW coaches have said they will need to rotate players at some spots and Lappano — realizing he’s said before that some of the younger tailbacks would play — said “I guarantee we will plkay a couple of tailbacks” against Arizona State.
What order, he said, is still to be determined.
Hasty has just one carry for six yards this season —- and in his career — that coming against Syracuse.
Among other highlights, Lappano said that:
— The playbook has been scaled back a bit which he thinks will allow the team “to play faster.”
Jake Locker had a really good bye week and that “I really think he’s going to have a good game this week” adding that he thinks Locker really understands the game plan for this week and is confident in it.
— Locker worked on throwing on the run a lot last week, sometimes with Lappano chasing him around the field.
— Arizona State isn’t a high blitz team, about 20 percent of the team, but does play press coverage a lot so there will be some chances to get the ball downfield.
— He’s not sure who has the advantage when he meets up with coaches that he knows well. As has been well-documented, Lappano has known Dennis Erickson for more than 30 years dating to when Erickson recruited Lappano to play at Idaho. He’s worked with a number of the members of ASU’s coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Craig Bray. “It’ll be a lot of fun,” Lappano said.
— Erickson “has got an uncanny ability to get the most out of his players. … He gets them to believe they are going to win. … He’s got a lot of credibility with players (due to his past success) and I think that’s really big in what he does.”
— He’d like to get the ball more to the tight ends but it just hasn’t worked out yet. Said there were a few plays called for the TEs against USC but either they didn’t get open or Locker didn’t get them the ball. “It’s not by design (that they are getting the ball more),” he said.

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