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September 22, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Huskies get back to work — Tuesday practice report

An unseasonably hot afternoon greeted the Huskies as they returned to their most serious work since the upset win over USC, conducting a full-pads workout at Husky Stadium.
It lasted only about an hour and 40 minutes (apparently a concession in part to the heat) but UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said the players appeared to have their collective mind on the task at hand and not back to Saturday.
“I thought we were focused,” said Nussmeier — Steve Sarkisian does not meet the media on Tuesdays. “Obviously we had some mistakes and that happens on Tuesdays (when much of the installation of the game plan is done) and we’ve got to clean that up. But our guys came out and worked hard and gave full effort and that’s all you can ask for.”
Still, just in case there was any tendency to lapse, the coaches seemed to be at a fever pitch today.
“I think our guys came out and competed hard and it was a little bit warmer than usual so you always get guys a little slower when it’s hotter so you’re trying to get them thorugh the heat. But one of the things we’ve preached since we’ve been here is that preparation will set you free. You prepare hard on Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday and the game just comes to you. There’s no ‘we have to get up’ or any of that stuff because you are prepared and that’s what today was about, preparing people.”
And if the players didn’t get the message on the field, sounds as if they got it in the film room.
Nussmeier said the execution by the offense against USC was the worst of UW’s three games this season.
“We had all different kinds of (poor exection),” he said. “We had ID problems, going to the wrong people, had route adjustment problems. You could look at every position on our team on offense and go through the game and see some major, major flaws in what we were doing. So there is still a lot of room for growth. So for us to get complancent right now and think we are where we need to be would be foolish.”
That UW could beat USC with those kinds of errors, however, also points out to the coaches what this team could be if it all comes together.
“That’s what we talked to the players about,” Nussmeier said. “Congratulations, it’s a great win. But be honest — when you look at the film, are you doing the things you need to do to be a consistent champion? Because that’s what we need to get to. Our motto is expect to win — we expect to win every week. And if we play the way we played Saturday, we won’t win.”
— Didn’t appear to be much different on the personnel front. DT De’Shon Matthews appeared to do a little more work as did DE Darrion Jones (Matthews more than Jones it looked like) though hard to tell exactly where either is in terms of returning for Saturday. Should get a clearer picture of that tomorrow.



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