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April 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Nussmeier on KJR

Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR-AM continued his interview series with UW assistants this morning with offensive coordiantor and QB coach Doug Nussmeier. Here’s some of what Nussmeier had to say:
— Nussmeier said Jake Locker’s growth in year two of the system was evident in the first spring practice Tuesday when he “got to progression number four on the first practice of spring ball. So when you can work through a progression to four, which is hard to do at any level, it says volumes about where he is in his development.”
— He said Locker “still has a lot of room to grow” and that the best thing about this season is that the team around Locker is also getting better and that will make Locker look better, as well.
— On Demitrius Bronson’s fumbling issues, said he is a “young player, young player, young player. You see it day in and day out, some players take a little bit longer than others to develop.” He said Bronson had a great off-season in the weight room and conditioning and that he has a “skill set that we have to find a way to use” being a big, physical runner. “We will use Demitrius Bronson, we just have to find a way that fits our system.”
— Asked about Johri Fogerson, he said “the big thing for Johri is to come out and improve daily. We’ve got to get Johri to the point where day in and day out, he is the player that his capabilities lend themselves to being.”
— On James Johnson, said “he’s stronger” than a year ago and the goal now is for Johnson to refine what he learned last season.
— As an overall team goal for the offense, said there are two: Cutting down on turnovers (UW had 19 last season, 11 interception) and making more big plays when passes are thrown go receivers underneath. Said the interceptions should decrease with Locker’s increased comfort in the offense, and that breaking tackles better is the key to making more big plays on short passes.
— Asked about the tight end position, said “we are going to continue to grow at that position. Both are young players. I think Chris Izbicki had an outstanding off-season, worked extremely hard in the weight room and was very pleased with his first practice. I think Chris is going to break out. And Kavario (Middleton) is doing a nice job. I think both those guys have big-time capabilities.”

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