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September 17, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Nussmeier talks offense, Nansen special teams

As kickoff nears, figured it would be worth it to pass along a few more quotes from some of UW’s assistants on some of the key aspects of tomorrow’s game.
First, here’s UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier talking about Nebraska’s defense:
On Nebraska’s secondary: “They play a lot of guys in a lot of different places, play guys in a nickel package and a dime package, rotate guys in and out. sometimes playing out there with six dbs. … I think that’s one of their defensive philosophies that they like to put that speed out there on the field because it challenges you.”
On Nebraska’s D-line: “They are a big, phsyical two-gapping team and they play their system very well. Those lineman are going to come up and play through us and try to grab us and shed us and play two gaps.”
On UW’s offense against Syracuse: “Any time you can score that many points you did some good things. But I know that we can play a lot better. We’ve got to cut down on our mental mistakes, become more sound, do things fundamentally better, as I’m sure every team in the country thinks they can. But we’re stil young, still growing at certain positions and have to continue to grow and get better.”
On the UW O-line and looking for the right combinations: “We are continuing to put guys in different situatons up there to try to find the best five combination we can get, and any time you are moving lineman you have communication things you have to work through. But those guys have done a good job and continue to progress.”
Now, special teams coach Johnny Nansen:
On kickoff returns : “We are trying to get a feel for who the best guys are, and we tried out Chris (Polk) and Jesse (Callier), but they play so much of a role in our offense, and there’s other guys that need to step up and we’re trying to develop the young guys to be that role. That’s what we’re looking at right now, with Kevin (Smith), Sean (Parker) and Taz Stevenson.”
On it being a matter of time before they break one: “I think so. I think so. They are capable of making big plays, and we just have to make sure we teach the scheme the best way we can and give ’em that opportunity.”
On determining how far back the punter is from the line of scrimmage: “It all depends on if he’s a two-stepper or if he’s a three-stepper type of kid, or where the launch point is at. Some teams are at 10 (yards), some are at nine…with Kiel (Rasp), he’s at 15, because he takes three steps to punt the ball. He’ll end up exactly where we’re at, which is nine (yards). With Will (Mahan), he was a two-stepper, so he was a yard forward from where (Kiel) was at. It all has to do with their approach.”
Any changes to the punting team?: “Really not. We are going to keep it the same way things that we do best and not try to rattle anything. Kiel did a nice job last week. We’ve just got to clean up some areas. Obviously they tried to attack our protection and it’s just things we’ve got to clean up. Otherwise it will stay the same.”
On the hardest thing about protection: “It’s just the communication between the guys and making sure we are all on the same page. I think that’s the biggest concern that I have.”
On why they have the punt scheme that they do, with three blockers in front of the punter: “This is the same protection I’ve been doing for years and it’s pretty much you look there are three teams now in the Pac-10 that run the same scheme so you look at it in spread punt there are a lot of ways you can line up. Your traditional NFL spread punt and they do the same things with the wings, not so much deeper, but it’s just making sure we build a nice wall to protect the launching point.”
On punt returns and trying to get more out of it: “Exactly right. You always try to look at who is the best guy to give you an opportunity to get returns but you also want to have a reliable guy back there than a threat. Right now you look at it the guy that is back there, DA (Devin Aguilar) is doing a great job and we need to do a better job of protecting and getting him a chance to get some returns.”



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