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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 1, 2009 at 7:44 AM

Holt on the defense

Wednesday also meant our weekly meeting with defensive coordinator Nick Holt, who was asked about rotating a lot of guys on the defensive line, Notre Dame’s passing attack and whether a true freshman like Desmond Trufant is ready for a place like Notre Dame Stadium:
On rotating a lot of guys on the defense: “Up front we are just trying to keep guys fresth, and a lot of guys deserve to play up front because there’s only one guy who is head and shoulders above everybody else (Daniel Te’o-Nesheim). The rest are all doing a good job and deserve to play. They are so even and until someone really steps up other than Daniel, we are going to play some guys. And we’re trying to create some depth and create some guys always staying in the game and trying to create a better defense.”
On throwing young guys like Trufant into the fire: “Desmond Trufant is a lot better than some of those guys — we’re going to play the best guys. But as as far as the defensive line, they are all pretty equal. Other positions, you don’t see a lot of guys going in and out because our backups are young and not ready to go. But that’s how you do it. If you want to get a guy good, you get them out there, like Talia (Crichton). He he had a lot of mistakes on Saturday, but he will learn from them and he is a lot better player on Monday and Tuesday when he learns from that. But that’s the problem with growing pains in a program that doesn’t have a lot of depth or a lot of great guys.”
On the atmosphere at Notre Dame Stadium: “When I’ve been there, it’s been very quiet. … It’s not very loud. It’s been a nice experience going there. Been blessed that it’s been really nice weather every time I’ve been there. It’s a nice campus. But there are a lot louder places, quite honestly.”
On Notre Dame’s passing offense and whether it’s sophisticated: “It’s not sophisticated. What they do is not too sophisticated. They chuck the ball over your head. That makes it hard, but it’s not sophisticated. They threw more fades than a lot of other schools, and they will keep doing it, trying to get PIs (pass interference penalties). And 23 (receiver Golden Tate) is a really good football player. So you have to make sure your kids are aware of that and have to work it. As far as a sophisticated passing game? It’s a good passing game, it’s guys running by you more than guys trying to trick you.”
On Trufant being a true freshman playing corner at Notre Dame Stadium: “He has played USC and LSU at Husky Stadium that is a lot louder than that place and against some really fast guys. So I assume he will be ready. He’s a competitor and will do a nice job. I hope all the other guys play as well as he will.”

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