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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 4, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Defense looking to step up today — and live pre-game chat planned

Just about ready to head down to Provo. I’m staying in Salt Lake City as are thousands of other Husky fans, judging by what I saw walking around town last night.
Two quick notes before I get into the heart of this entry — I’ll try to start a live chat at around 2:30, but for the away games so much depends on when I get seated, if the net works, etc. So check back around that time and if it’s not there right at that time, check again later.
And, UW’s Jake Locker web site is officially up and running.
Finally, I noticed that my preview story for today’s game never made it on-line so thought I’d talk briefly about of of the themes of the story — that while there us understandably a lot of focus on UW’s offense, the defense also has a chance today to make a name for itself.
Said Cort Dennison: “Our offense obviously gets a lot of hype because we have so many great players on offense. But we kind of have a chip on our shoulder that ‘look, we have a great defense, too.’ We have plenty of playmakers on defense. So yeah, this first game will be a good test of what we can do. We want to show what we are capable of Saturday.”
The big question mark for UW is its pass rush — can Talia Crichton get pressure off the edge? Can the Huskies be successful blitzing?
But another obvious key any time a team plays BYU is the secondary. I asked each of UW’s starting cornerbacks this week — Quinton Richardon and Desmond Trufant — the key to defending BYU, and their answers were pretty similar
Said Richardson: “Our challenge is to just keep your eyes on your man. They run double moves and things like that, a lot of stop and goes and post corners and things like that. Our most improtrant thing is staying deep and keeping our eyes on our man and breaking on the ball.”
Said Trufant: “They take a lot of shots. They do a lot of double moves, so we’ve really got to be focused in on our keys and have our eyes on the receivers and we should be all right.”
Richardson also noted that “they are a real disciplined team. They execute their plays and they are real smart.”
So that puts the onus on the Huskies to play smart, as well, and not make mistakes, not let short gains turn into big ones.

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