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November 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM

More from Lappano

As mentioned in the previous post, UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano held his weekly meeting with the media here today.
Lappano began by saying that the entire offense has regressed greatly in recent weeks and is in need of some massive improvement to win the Apple Cup.
“We’ve got to get better offensively,” he said. “We’ve taken a couple of steps backward and I don’t think we are playing with any confidence right now. I think we’ve got to be able to go out and execute and not make mistakes and play with confidence, and that’s what we have to be able to do and we didn’t do that Saturday.”
Lappano said he felt the lack of confidence “started after the USC game because i thought we were starting to get better and doing some good thigns offensively and after the USC game we have regressed every week, and that’s going to have to change to win a football game.
“Nobody played well — the offensive front, the receivers, the running backs, the quarterback. There wasn’t one group that played to their potential against UCLA. We had a lot of mistakes everywhere.”
On other matters:
— Lappano said Jake Locker has healed well but that his hand is still in some sort of wrapping and he is only now beginning rehab. Lappano said Locker’s hand has “shrunk up” during the time it was in a cast and that he won’t be able to begin throwing a football until late December at the earliest.
— Lappano said he thinks WSU is better than its stats, especially since going to an odd front (three down linemen) a few weeks ago. He said he was particularly impressed how WSU held ASU to 10 points in the first half last week before wearing down a little.
— He said the running back depth is scary right now with Willie Griffin battling a toe injury and Terrance Dailey a hip pointer. He said last week if Brandon Johnson had gotten hurt that the team would have had to go to Luke Kravitz or Paul Homer at TB. But he said Griffin should be back this week (he was less clear about Dailey). He called it “real strange” considering UW had so many TBs when camp started.
— The offensive line remains in some flux with LT Ben Ossai still uncertain after suffering a concussion last week. But everybody else should be ready to go, including Ryan Tolar. Lappano noted Tolar is from Pasco and wants to play so he figures there’s no way he’ll not be able to play.
— Lappano said he met with QB Ronnie Fouch today and told him to keep his head up, that the problems haven’t all been his fault. Lappano said Fouch told him that “coach, I’m fine” and not to worry about his mental state.
— Lappano said the coaches are showing film clips of successful plays to the players to show them how the offense can work when it is executed properly.
— He said the team did more running plays with Fouch last week despite the risk of injury, which is why those plays had been shelved in previous weeks. “I thought we needed it,” Lappano said. “I rolled the dice.”
— He said coaches have told the players they are essentially auditioning for next season and that the new coaches will pay a lot of attention to who performed well at a time when things are the toughest.
— He talked a lot about the young skill players and said he thinks the receiving corps has a chance to be real good starting next season. But he said all the players need some heavy work in the weight room, specifically Kavario Middleton, who he said “has got to commit to everything.”
— He said ideally that all of the freshmen receivers would have redshirted this year but that “the situation we were in, they had to play.”
— Lappano coached at WSU for a few years in the late 80s, early 90s and has experience on both sides of the aisle in this game. He admitted he never thought he’d see the day the teams came in with a combined one win. “That’s why we’re the punch line,” he said. “That’s what it is right now.”
— He said the biggest failing of the offense is an inability to run the ball. “It’s a nightmare when you can’t run the ball for a play-caller,” he said. “You can’t get into a rhythm. That’s pretty much the way it’s been for a long time.”
— Interestingly, Lappano dodged a question about whether the O-linemen came in a little too big this year. “They are big,” he said, saying he didn’t want to go any further with it.
All for now.

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