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October 10, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Talking defense

Today is the day the defensive coaches are available out here, which means our weekly get together with defensive coordinator Kent Baer. I also had a chance to talk with secondary coach J.D. Williams.
Here are some highlights:
— Williams said the secondary is beginning to solidify itself. The team will leave Mesphin Forrester at strong safety with Darin Harris likely starting at free safety and Nate Williams backing up. The starting corners will be Roy Lewis and Byron Davenport as Davenport is now basically 100 percent.
— Williams said it didn’t make sense to move Forrester and have two players learning new spots — Harris has been primarily a strong safety until now.
— Williams said he liked the play of a lot of the youngsters during last week’s bye but indicated that no one who has not already played this season is likely to see action. One true frosh who could see more time is Victor Aiyewa, who is playing at safety.
— Williams said of CB Marquis Persley that “he’s going to be great. He always plays well. But it would be a waste to kind of use him in special teams this year because he’s going to be a great player for us.”
— Williams said much the same of Quinton Richardson, who is playing both CB and safety saying he “did some good stuff” but has not risen to the point of playing so he is likely to stay as a redshirt.
— Baer said that in terms of formations and personnel groupings that ASU “may be the simplest team we’ve seen. But they are also the most efficient, so that tells you something right there that you don’t have to do a whole lot to be good because what they do, they do great.”
— Asked about WSU having success with blitzing last week, Baer said it’s “certainly something you have to look at. But I don’t know that it says anything because Washington State is so different from what we do. Very different.”
— Baer said CB Jordan Murchison could get 10-15 snaps this week but that nothing has been decided.
— Asked about young players who stood out last week during all the scrimmaging the team did, Baer first mentioned LB Mason Foster saying “he’s still going to be a really good linebacker. I really like our young defensive linemen. A lot of guys who aren’t playing yet but they are going to have to play next year. I liked all of them that I saw last week.”
— Of those DLs who played last week, that didn’t Nick Wood, who was out with the broken arm, but is beginning to return to do more, or Tyrone Duncan, who also remains out. But Baer said he liked the look of Kalani Aldrich saying “he’s a big rangy guy who I think is doing to be good.”
— Baer said DE Darrion Jones is beginning to shake off his ankle injury and “is in the mix now.”
— Baer also singled out DE De’Shon Matthews saying he had some good moments last week. But he said it’s hard for young players to get much time on the D-line. “It’s really hard to play as a young defensive linemen early because of all the pounding you take. But those are guys you are really interested in watching learn and lift and develop.”

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