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August 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Holt, Dougherty talk about some of the new guys, and a little more

A few of us were able to speak with UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt and receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty following practice on Wednesday to talk about some of the new kids at their positions, and a little more. Here’s some of what they said:
Holt on his early (really early, given just three practices in) thoughts on which true freshmen may contribute this year: “I see a lot of those guys contributing especially on special teams. Up front there are two or three of them that can helps us out on the depth and get some quality reps — Sione Potoa’e is one of them and Hau’oli Jamora is another kid, and we’ll wait and see on the other guys, but so far those are the kids that stand out (on the D-line). Josh Shirley is going to be a good player when it’s all said and done but he’s still learning the position hes just gotten here where all of htose other guys have been here for a while. At linebacker I think all of those guys — Princeton Fuimaono, Garret Gilliland and Cooper Pelluer — they are all going to help us. I don’t know when, but they will, and I think on special teams they will be pretty good. And the three DBs (Sean Parker, Gregory Ducre and Taz Stevenson) are are all going to be good players.”
Holt on whether they are exceeding expectations: “You know what? We had high expectations for them. I don’t know if there is really any any surprises because we all thought they were good players and they are doing kind of what we thought they would do. How much they play depends on how much they learn and process within the next couple of weeks, but I think that a handful of them will definitely help us out this year.”
On the defensive line: “It’s still in flux because we’ve got so many guys kind of half-speed — they get into a drill and they can only go a couple snaps because they are getting back into it. But in the long run I think it’s going to be really good because it’s allowed us to get a lot of reps for a lot of guys and it’s created a lot of depth. Hopefiully they all stay healthy and you need a lot of good d-linemen because it’s a long year but there are a lot of guys solidyifying a lot of positons. The most pleasant surprise to me is both Semisi (Tokolahi) and Alameda Ta’amu — they are really doing a good job.”
Now, a few quotes from Dougherty:
On the two freshmen at WR, Kevin Smith and DiAndre Campbell: “Kevin Smith, body-wise, physically, he’s ready. It’s just a matter of how fast he picks it up and that learning curve for him. And DiAndre Campbell is going to be a good player too, but it’s a matter of if he needs some time to develop in the weight room. But I’m really excited about those guys, too.”
On Cody Bruns and Jordan Polk competing to get into the receiving rotation: “They are perfect examples of guys that are really good football players and competing their butts off. It’s just a matter of making the most of their opportunities when they get in there. But they are defintiely guys that as we go along and game plan, and put (them) in packages and things like that, and getting them on the field in special teams, those kinds of things. Receivers should play a big role in special teams and we’ve really focused on that as well, getting those guys out there more. They are usually among the better athletes, as well, getting some speed on the field in special teams is important. But yeah, those guys are definitley in that mold of they are just battling every day. They are backups right now but it’s good to have those guys and I definitely have faith in them if they had to go in a game.”

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