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October 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM

A few words with Doug Nussmeier

Tuesday also meant our weekly opportunity to get a few minutes with UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On getting Drew Schaefer more time at both tackle spots this week: “He’s got to continue to improve every day. He’s got a great skill set. He’s just got to continue to learn the game and improve at a high level.”
On the wide receiver depth: “We’ve got a lot of guys doing a lot of good things there each and every week. It presents us a challenge — how are we going to get each and every guy in a position to make a play.”
Where does that leave younger WRs like Cody Bruns in terms of getting on the field?: “He’s doing a nice job. Once again, he’s a young player and we have a young group there, but we are talented there and deep, so we try and do the best we can to get everybody opportunities and get everybody touches.”

On the play of Kavario Middleton the last few weeks: “I really think the last three weeks the light has really started to go on with him and you’ve seen him continue to grow as a player. You are going to continue to see a guy that obviously has the physical tool set that he is blessed with and the things that he can create for us in the passing game, as well as once he becomes that real physical end line blocker, I think the sky is the limit for him. … I think he continues to get better at his preparation, studying of the playbook, his understanding of what we are asking him to do, his studying of opponents’ film. I think he can still get a lot better at that and I think he would say he can get a lot better at that. But he is growing at it.”
Thoughts on the Arizona game: “That’s a good defense that we played, and they played well, and part of the problem was we limited ourselves in that we only had 47 snaps. We had eight plays in the third quarter, two three-and-outs, that will kill you right there. So that’s on us as an offense. That’s on us and we addressed it, that we have to start fast in both halves. We always talk about the importance of starting fast in the game, but there is also starting fast in the second half, so that’s going to be a challenge for us this week. We’ve got to really come out and start fast in the third quarter.”
On playing on the road this week: “As a football team, we grew up from our second road trip to our first road trip. Our first road trip (at Stanford) we didn’t play very good. We got pushed around, they beat us to the point of attack. We played reactive instead of proactive football. We seemed to be a step slow. Seemed to be a little bit unsure of ourselves, whether that was the first road trip or whatever it may be. I felt at Notre Dame we played fast and physical and it will be important for us to do that again this week. … What we’ve talked about is that we have got to play fast and play physical because it’s going to be a game, now, no doubt about it.”



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