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September 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Holt talks defense

UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt spoke to the media after practice today. Here’s what he had to say:
On the eyes of defenders not being in the right spot against Nebraska: “We were all looking at really not our key and all trying to play things we shouldn’t have been playing, such as looking too much at the quarterback, and that started to raise our pad level up and then just things weren’t right. We just started to not do what we are supposed to do and got flustered when the game, had a little adversity and then we just tried to mix things up and after that we just couldn’t respond. We got the game to 21-14 but then things started to go down and that’s when it really started to fall apart we were trying too hard and doing things we are not supposed to be doing.”
Is keeping eyes locked in more of an issue against that type of offense? “That can happen if you are not really fundamentally sound or when you are not real disciplined, and we just we were all trying to make the play on the quarter back and forgot we need to tackle the little inside-zone first and work from the inside-out instead of really the outside-in so it’s a good lesson for all of us to learn. Really what hurt us were just some simple inside runs. There were a couple of long runs that we missed some tackles but it was really some fundamental stuff and it’s good to go back and re-coach some stuff.”
Was there as big a physical difference as it appeared at times?: “Some of our guys that are usually physical, some of our older guys, didn’t come with it. And we had a couple of young guys in there and they will get knocked around because of their age and their size and unfortunately that’s going to happen when you have to play some young guys you don’t want to but when you are forced to do that with our program where it is right now going to have to do it. But it was some of our older guys that have played a lot of football that are usually physical and usually really good at that and they were trying too hard. And they know it. We talked about it as a defense on Monday and Tuesday and they would love to go play that game again because they know they didn’t play up to their capabilities. But unfortunately you can’t and we have to just move on and learn from it.”
Going forward, do you worry how the defense will match up against other opponents? “You know what? We might lose regardless of how we played, but it would never have been that big a discrepancy (again). No, I think we can be more physical and we are a more physical team than what we showed. We just kind of lost our composure right there and it’s just boom, boom, boom, and then they are pressing too much to make something happen and get back in the game instead of just playing one down at a time and winning that particular down. I think they just got caught up too much with all the other stuff and it was a good learning experience for us, unfortunately.”
On the young guys getting a lot of work in today’s practice: “We need so much of that. I saw a lot of good young prospects out there on both sides of the ball. Saw for the last 25-30 minutes of practice maybe the future of our program and I think there are some really good guys going to be good football players.”
On Garret Gilliland: “I think he will (be a good player). It was unfortunate he was thrown into that fire. He didn’t practice Monday and Tuesday, out sick, so he only practiced half the week and it kind of showed and he wasn’t as sharp as he could be, but he’ll be a better player for it and I think he has a lot more confidence from that game forward, I think he should.”
On Anthony Boyles and Justin Glenn being out there more today: “They are out there getting some reps and we’re opening up some things that maybe they can help us with in the long run, and hopefully they can, especially on special teams. Those two guys should be helping us on special teams, just have to wait and see.”
On Hau’oli Jamora and Greg Ducre and other young guys maybe getting more playing time: “Those guys are playing already. Hau’oli had 28 snaps against Nebraska and had eight tackles so he’s been playing from the get-go and he’ll be playing more — he’s a good football player. Greg will be playing more. Sean Parker hopefully will be playing more. And then the other guys, Princeton Fuiamono is starting to play more on special teams and starting to show up. The other guys God you’d love to maybe play them but they are still raw, still really green, talking about the Josh Shirleys, the Andrew Hudsons. They are going to be really, really good football players but I’m not sure yet if they are quite read, quite honestly. They aren’t ready, but we might have to use them, who knows? I don’t want to, love to see some of these older guys get it done, but who knows.”

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