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August 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Holt talks about the defense

Here are some of UW defensive coordinator’s Nick Holt’s thoughts after today’s scrimmage:
On the starting unit: “They didn’t get a lot of reps but they did a good job. They did what they needed to do and we wanted to see a lot of the other guys, so they got a lot of the reps. We’ll watch the film on the younger guys and hopefully we see some really good things. Some things they have improved on throughout the week and their assignments and just playing hard and go from there. A little tough to tell right now until we watch the film but it was a good long scrimmage for a lot of guys, they had a ot of reps the young guys and they need it. I thought it was a good work day. A little sloppy but a lot of good things we can coach from and get better here the next couple of days.”
On Cooper Pelluer, who had two sacks playing primarily at strongside linebacker: “He showed up, he did some good things. I think a couple of the other linebackers did okay and a couple of the young defensive linemen, and the young defensive backs, Sean Parker and Taz Stevenson. The secondary, those guys kind of have the hardest of everybody’s job because they have the most adjustments so at times their progress might be a little slower than the other guys, but I really like our younger guys, I really do, and just keep on getting better.”
On the No. 2 defense going against the No. 1 offense: “That’s how they get good, that’s how they get better. And they better learn quickly or they are going to get their butts kicked. I think it’s good for those guys to learn how to compete and get tougher and be more physical against the older vets. I think it’s a good situation. I’m glad we did some of that today.”
Any of the youngsters stand out:?Hau’oli Jamora looks like he shows up as well as Josh Shirley, he is getting better every day and he’s a little behind the other guys because he got here late. But other than that it’s hard to tell until tonight after watching the film.”
On Victor Aiyewa holding down the starting SLB spot: “He’s getting better every day, he’s had a nice fall camp so far and playing really fast. I like his effort. He’s making some mistakes but making them at full speed and they are all correctable, you can correct Vic and he gets it the next play. He’s very coachable. So far it’s really pretty good with Vic and I’m happy with his progress.”
On the defensive line: “I think we are going to have some good depth at defensive line provided we stay healthy. And I think we will be pretty solid by committee. De’Shon Matthews is having a really good fall camp so far, as well as Cameron Elisara, and Cameron can play defensive end. So it looks to me like we are going to have a little deeper group than we had last year. And now we get Everrette Thompson, he keeps coming and hopefully he will get more reps as fall camp unfolds. What I’m really happy is that we are staying pretty healthy so far and we’ll see how it goes the next week or so.”
Is Everrette ramping up his work?: “He’s getting more confidence. He’s still limited. But every day that goes by he’s getting better, more confidence, getting stronger and just keep plugging away and here in a couple of weeks maybe he can go through a full practice.”

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