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October 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Holt, Kelly on KJR-AM

As part of its Football Friday programming KJR-AM had both Nick Holt and Chip Kelly on in the first 90 minutes — Steve Sarkisian is due on in the noon hour.
Kelly again said he hasn’t made a final decision on who will start at QB tomorrow but said it’s not gamesmanship but apparently just that he hasn’t made a decision yet. Asked if Masoli will play he said “that’s what we’re hoping for” and that Masoli is “day-to-day.” He said there are two statues at Oregon — out or day-to-day, and Masoli is day-to-day.
He also denied comments attributed to him in May in which he seemed to take a little shot at the way UW ran its spring game. “That didn’t happen and I talked to Sark about that,” he said. “People are making a lot more out of that than it was. I talked to Sark about it at our Pac-10 meetings about it and that was the gist of it.”
Holt, meanwhile, said again that Cameron Elisara will almost certainly not play while dealing with a stinger and that the starting safeties will be Nate Fellner and Nate Williams.
He also touched again on the ASU game, which I won’t repeat here since it was all pretty similar.
However, he did make an interesting comment regarding the situation with the camera man at the end of the game where Holt could be seen telling the camera man to, uh, please saunter over to another area.
He said that “I apologize for that” but that he also feels that cameras “don’t need to be that close to the bench on the sideline in the heat of the battle and with being that close comes a responsibility for everybody that you need to respect the coach and the player in the bench atmosphere right there.” But he concluded by saying that “I need to look out a little better than I did.”
Holt was also asked if there was much he could take from the success USC’s defenses often head against Oregon. “There’s some that you look back on, but we’re a little different personnel wise, so you’ve got to do what you can do with your personnel,” he said. “There are some different things we need to do now because of what we do well with our talent, so it’s a little different football game now.”
He said trying to defend the no-huddle is a real challenge since it makes it hard to substitute while allowing the offense to stand at the line and then change the play based on what it sees from the defense.
“You’ve got to make sure you are getting your defenses in and out and not confusing your kids,” he said. “The bottom line is you have to tackle really well because you are going to be in the open field quite a bit and you have to be assignment-sound because of the option.”
He was also asked about trying to hit the QB on the options and said that’s difficult to do because there is even more of an emphasis on protecting the QBs — he cited the penalty Mason Foster drew against Arizona State on an option play last week.

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