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September 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Nick Holt quotes

Here’s more of what UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt had to say after Saturday’s game:
Opening statement: “We did not tackle very well as you saw there this afternoon. That disappointed me, really, because I thought we were doing a pretty good job with that for the first two games and that disappoints me. A couple long runs, that’s too bad. First play of the second half, I liked some of the things we were doing, it’s just we got outrun on the edge and lost some of the force principles. Give them some credit. Number 10 (Roy Helu Jr.) played really well I thought, he ran is butt off. And obviously the QB, when he had his chances, and got outside, you know, he’s fast and we didn’t catch him. So, I’m disappointed. I didn’t get the guys ready to play, especially our inside guys. I thought our d-line got shoved around a little bit, a little bit more than I thought they would, so we have to go back to the drawing board and get back and get ready for the PAC 10 conference. But I’m disappointed in myself for not getting the kids a little more physically and mentally ready to go so I’ll take the hit on this one.”
On Garrett Gilliland stepping in for Cort Dennison: “I think Garrett did a really solid job. I’ll have to look at the film, but he wasn’t the one giving up all the big, big runs and stuff like that, so obviously he had some mistakes as young guys do, but I don’t think it was him. Obviously, would’ve loved to have Cort, but I think in the long run this is going to make us better. Get some backup for Cort. I thought Garrett Gilliland for the most part probably played a heck of a game for his first time out, against a hard offense.”
On whether it was more scheme or being beat physically: “You know, you go out there and the first play of the game, we go out there for a turnover and they run a pass that we’ve been kind of working on and we just didn’t have our eyes on the right place. That was the first play of the game, and they get that big pass and the next play they score. And then the next time they go down and we miss a tackle on the pass and they get right down there in great field position and end up scoring. So it’s 14-0 before we even get in the flow of the game. And then we start playing and start doing some good things. But then the last series of the second quarter, where they just say ‘hey, we don’t want to get our QB hit anymore’ and they started giving the read option inside and we started getting pushed around and that was really concerning. Really, they did a bunch of stuff we worked on and we just didn’t play it very well. So, we’ve got to go back and make sure we got the right guys in the right places.”
On the early passes: “Actually the first snap from scrimmage, they run a little lead out of shotgun and we’re out of our gaps in our pressure and really we should have knocked the heck out of that play, but a couple of our d-lineman went a little too high, not getting down in their gaps and that’s why they got that run and the next play was that pass and then they scored the next play. It’s stuff that’s all correctable. We just get back this week and watch the film and work on it.”
What happened to Dennison: “I think what happened was on Wednesday afternoon, he hit his head and started vomiting after practice and thought he had the flu and stuff like that. But then it became he had a little concussion, and you don’t mess with that. And we’ll be a better defense in the long run for that. It created some opportunities for some other guys.”
On whether his respect for Nebraska changed: “It’s the same. There are two long runs of about 80 yards. All of a sudden we’re actually doing a decent job going into halftime, the QB doesn’t have much yards at all and then, all of the sudden, the first play of the second half, they go for 80. And that’s why they got 300 yards and stuff like that. It’s a hard offense, but we didn’t do a very good job.”



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