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August 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Holt talks about the scrimmage

Here are some quotes from UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt following today’s scrimmage:
On the first team defense: “They did a nice job. They tackled a lot better than the other night, the other scrimmage….a little sharper, a little more enthusiasm, a little crisper.”
On going more ones against ones: “It’s more competitive, and I think they like that. I think on both sides, it generates a little more enthusiasm and a little more competitiveness, and I think it’s good.”
On the defense gaining the upper hand early: “I liked the fact that the first couple of series, they didn’t go down and score and didn’t have good field position. It was good defense. I didn’t like the 2-minute drill; we kind of floated around there and didn’t do exactly what we were supposed to do. That’s something we didn’t do a very good job of, we didn’t finish the half. We had a couple of mental busts there, we weren’t sharp. We’ll have to look at that and show the kids some of the errors they made.”
On the interior defense: “We were just rotating those guys, and I think we have three, four, possibly five with the true freshmen inside guys, that can play really well at this level, provided that they are playing hard. I consider Semisi (Tokolahi) a starter, as well as Alameda (Ta’amu), as well as Cameron (Elisara). Inside, we have some really good depth that we didn’t have last year. Hopefully we can stay healthy.”

On Elisara playing more at tackle of late: “He can do both, but we’re trying to get Everrette (Thompson) back more reps, and De’Shon (Matthews) has had a good fall camp, he’s really done some good stuff. It’s allowed us to keep those guys at end and keep Cameron inside. And we’re trying to limit Cameron’s reps so he’s healthy because of his past issues with his neck. We’re watching the amount of football he’s playing. Cameron will play both outside and inside all year for us.”
On Everrette Thompson getting in on two series today: “It’s really the first time Everrette did any full-speed contact work, other than going in individual, and it was good to see. He’s still a ways away, but he’s not going to get game ready unless he starts practicing game-like. Every day he’ll get more and more reps, and hopefully by September he’ll be mentally ready. He still needs a lot of reps mentally so he feels good about his lower leg. I think he’s still a little tentative a little bit on it, and rightfully so.”
On Greg Ducre and his struggles on Saturday (he had two pass interference penalties): “I think all the freshmen…they need to get a little rest. Because all of them are a little shaky on things. They are a little bleary-eyed and have been here and they are mentally not as sharp as they were a week ago because they’ve had so much put upon them as far as mentally offense and defense. I don’t think any of the freshmen have stood out the last couple of days. I think they are struggling. They are tired. We need to get those guys freshened back up, so they are ready to get better. They aren’t getting better right now because they are struggling mentally, I think.”
On how to get the freshmen back fresh: “They have to recover. We have all day off tomorrow and they have to get mentally fresh. I think hopefully by next week, the guys that hopefully have the ability to play as true freshmen — such as Greg and Sean Parker and some of the other guys…because we’re not adding much now anymore. Now we’re going back through our package and now they’ll just keep getting reps and hopefully they can get better. But they are kind of in the doldrums right now.”
On Cooper Pelluer making plays (he had three sacks today): “Yup, but he’s also making a ton of mistakes, too. But it’s good. The freshmen, they are doing some really good things, and they are also doing some things that freshmen do.”
On whether the defense is where he wants it to be: “No. I’d like to see our twos be more tenacious, like our ones. And I think they can be. I think we have some good backups. I don’t know if they are happy being a backup or if they are struggling mentally, but I’m not happy yet. Hopefully we can clear this thing up and get better before BYU. I feel good about some of the guys, but not all the defense. I want to feel good about all those guys. We have some good players in the depth, but they are young. They have to keep getting better and quit feeling sorry for themselves. A lot of these young guys are feeling sorry for themselves, and that the coaches are coaching them so hard. We’re on their butts. I lot of them have never had this type stuff, they’ve always been stars. Now, for the first time they are realizing that they aren’t stars and they are getting coached up and they need to grow up. It’s typical, I think. It’s just going through the learning curve. Two weeks..they are tired…they are tired of getting coached and getting yelled at and things like that, and rightfully so. But they are just going through the process.”



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