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September 16, 2009 at 10:08 AM

A few words from Nussmeier

Tuesday is the day offensive players and coaches speak to the media, which means our once chance for the week to talk with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier. here’s some of what he had to say:
On the Huskies scripting the first 15 plays of the game: You come off script, obviously, when you have third downs and all that. Depending on where you have field position, you come off of it. But primarily those are the things that, going into the game, we feel like give us an advantage. And that’s what we’re going to call.
UW has scored on its opening drives each of its first two games. Have the first 15 gone as smoothly as the results indicate?: No, we’ve got room for improvement. We’ve still got a lot of assignment mistakes. We’re still not technique sound. We’ve got a long way to go. Guys, to their credit, have done a great job every week of refocusing, coming back, and getting better.
His thoughts on the fact that UW has essentially used just two tailbacks in the first two games:Going into camp, we really didn’t know what we were going to do at running back. As we evolved through camp, we had an idea what we thought each runner did well and what we thought their strengths were. So we’re going to try to play to their strengths.
Will Chris Polk continue to get 20 carries a game: Chris has done a great job. When guys go in, and they show production, they’re going to get more carries. Chris established himself as a starter at the end of camp, and that’s why we named him the starter. He and Johri (Fogerson) have done a nice job. All the other guys, they all bring their compliments right now. And each and every one of them, every day, they have room to get better.
Will the disparity between Polk’s workload and Johri’s workload narrow?: Well, that’s a week-to-week thing. We’re going to get the ball to the guy that can get us yards. We look at each runner and what strengths they have and what they bring to the table.
What have you seen so far from Dorson Boyce?: He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he brings athleticism. We’ve got to find a way to get him more involved in what we’re doing.
Could he play H-back?: The whole thing is, he’s a little behind the learning curve because he didn’t play spring football. So he’s been trying to catch up from the start. We’re just going to try and give him more and more each week.
Thoughts on UW’s third-down success — the Huskies are second in the nation at 22-33: Well, our kids have done a great job of focusing. We talked about it every day at training camp: special situations. If you look at statistics in football, over time, one of the great statistics is third-down conversions are a key to winning. So it’s something we’ve made a focal point of our offense. The kids have done a great job, and they’ve been executing.

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