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September 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Holt talks defense on KJR-AM

UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt had his regular radio show today on KJR-AM with Dave “Softy” Mahler. Here’s some of what he had to say:
— Asked about the BYU game he said: “For the most part our kids did a really, really good job. We had one busted play and it was a touchdown and really, we were out of our rush lanes and our blitz and we screwed that up and we’ll correct that. But it wasn’t a great blitz for that play — they did a play they hadn’t really shown on film and got the back right up through the line of scrimmage and snuck him out there right down the middle and we were playing a type of coverage rushing five guys and wanted to take out the outside receivers and they took the middle and they hit it.”
— He went on to say that the blitz call was “my fault. Let’s not blitz them, let’s get four guys, rush them, drop zone, play a little. I was trying too hard and the kids didn’t do it correctly. I’m going to take that one. We were actually playing really good defense for the most part. … good, good defense except the third and 10 call.”
— He talked about not getting sacks last week and said that “we knew going in that BYU does not give up a lot of sacks to begin with. They will be as good as any group we will play against as far as pass protection. We knew going in that would be difficult for us to do. … however, when we had our chances to rush the passer, our good pass rushers, the guys we think are goinig to be good pass rushers, they weren’t very effective. We addressed that. We need to get better at our technique and not stay glued to blocks. Bottom line we’ve got to get some edge rushers, we’ve got some guys who can push the pocket but we need some guys who can run around guys.”
— Asked about the play of the true freshmen he said that “they did okay, they didn’t hurt us.” He said that Sione Potoa’e and Garret Gilliland “should have played more” and will in coming weeks.
— Asked about redshirting Josh Shirley he said “right now that’s what we want to do. Hopefully we don’t need to use him and hopefully he can mature. He’s going to be a really, really good player, just starting to understand what it takes these last two weeks. But I can’t guarantee anything. Something might happen where he needs to play.”
— And asked about defending Syracuse he said: “They are similar to us in the scheme. They do a lot of good play action, do some really good play action stuff, run the ball, a committed running team. The line is solid, big up front. These guys on first and second down are a 70-percent run type team and I think that’s how their coach wants it be. They are a physical team and then lull you to sleep and hit big play action stuff, so we’ve got to be on our toes and can’t give up the big play when they want to go downtown.”

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