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October 12, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Holt talks about the defense

Tuesday means the media’s weekly meeting with UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt, the first chance we’d had to talk to him since the Arizona State game. Here’s some of what he had to say:
Overall thoughts after watching the ASU film: “Good stuff, the guys played hard. Gave up a couple big plays that we shouldn’t have. The first long pass shouldn’t have given up. Had worked that play, we just weren’t focused, Other than that I thought the difference was third downs. In the first half they were 6-9 third downs, we should have gotten out of those drives and I thought that was the difference. … Second half we gave up three points, played better on third down and had a chance to win the game. I think that’s how it’s going to go a lot of these games down to the fourth quarter and we’ve got to make our plays.”
On giving up 24 against ASU: “We held them to some of their lower totals of the year compared to how everybody else has been playing them. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the win. Thought we played in the second half some good sound stuff but we need to play well enough so we win the game.”


On ASU’s TD pass that went over Desmond Trufant late in the first half: “He needs to get closer and maybe squeeze the sideline a little bit better. I think he might have mistimed his jump. It’s hard. He was in a good position he might have just jumped a little too early. Pin them to the sideline a little bit more.”
Thoughts on how the new-look defensive line with Everrette Thompson at tackle and Cameron Elisara at end: “What has happened is Everrette feels more comfortable inside so he is playing at a better level than he did at defensive end, I think. He feels more comfortable, more confident playing inside. For Cameron he played seven, eight snaps and just want to make sure that we have Cameron for the long haul because of his stingers. We just didn’t feel comfortable with him playing a lot of reps. With a neck you’ve just got to be really careful, that’s why he didn’t get to play a lot, We didn’t feel comfortable with him playing full speed, I think he’s a little unsure, still. But I think he’s a lot better now.”
On Oregon State: “They are just a good, good solid football team. Got a good little running back, and they are no different than what they have been the last couple years. A really good, good offense, very balanced, good play action. Their quarterback is playing really well now, he’s got a ton of arm. He’s a heck of a football player. Their offensive line they are all starters coming back, been three-year starters, a bunch of all-conference guys on the offensive line. And No. 2, their receiver is very explosive, so they are a very, very good football team.”
On whether OSU will be any different without James Rodgers: “Not really, they kind of do what they do, the other receivers can do what James does. Maybe not as well, but they will still do it, I think, and just as good.”
On the progress of DE Hau’oli Jamora: “He’s getting better every day, you just wish he were bigger and stronger, but that will come. It’s unfortunate he’s got to play. It really is. … He’s a football player, a natural football player. Got great instincts and football savvy and picks up things real well. He’s not the biggest guy but he makes up for it by playing fast. He kind of reminds me of a smaller, younger Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. Obviously Daniel got to redshirt and this kid doesn’t get to redshirt. But that’s kind of what he reminds me of, his motor and football intelligence.”
On the four-safety look used a lot against ASU: “That was when Arizona State was going four receivers, so we went basically dime. Justin Glenn was really a corner last year. He can play inside on receivers. A couple of times he didn’t do as well as we wanted him to on third down. We thought we had good matchups and it didn’t work out that way. And a lot of it is, he’s rusty…hadn’t got to play a lot, quite honestly. Justin is coming back, I think he feels more comfortable with his injury, so we need to get him out on the field a little more. But they were in four-wides almost the whole game, except for 8-9 snaps when they got into two-tight stuff. So we were trying to match up on some calls, especially on third down so we could play a little man-to-man.”
More thoughts on Desmond Trufant: “I think he wants to play really well, and maybe he’s pressing or trying too hard, instead of just relaxing and letting it flow. I think he wants to be such a good player and there’s so much expectation of him, like there is with a lot of the kids, that they press too much. They’ve just got to relax and let it happen. I think it’s common at his age and stature. Hopefully he’ll fight through it. He’s a good player.
On the difference between this year and last year for Trufant: “It was just one of those things where he made the plays last year and this year they haven’t happened for him yet. I’m sure they will if he keeps on working hard. You watch him out here, he does a great job. He’ll get it turned around. I’m happy. His effort is fantastic. He’ll come back. I think he’ll battle.”
On Mason Foster and his progression the last two years: “He’s our best defensive player. When we first got here we really didn’t know what we had. Being around him for two years, he does a great job with everything we ask him to do, whether it’s rushing the passer, whether it’s covering…all the different scenarios he does do. He’s a fantastic football player, and I think he gets better every day. I really do. And he can…he can get better. He has some room to grow.”
On Adam Long’s development: “. … He was a starter, and now he’s no longer a starter. So I don’t know if that’s a development, that’s a regression, not a development. We got to get him going. He was one of the culprits on one of the big plays, not doing what he was supposed to do. So we have to get him back, because he can run and he’s done some good stuff. Hopefully we can get him back playing well for the second half of the season. But as far as his development, he hasn’t gotten all the opportunities yet.”
On Greg Ducre’s development: “Broken thumb, hurt shoulder – one minute he’s in, one minute he’s out. He has to get more consistent, he has to get more healthy. I’d love to have him play, and he’s had his opportunities and he hasn’t taken advantage of them. And then he’s gotten hurt…broke his thumb last week, and has a hurt shoulder. So if it’s not one thing, it’s another. He’s still a freshman. On Saturday night, I don’t think we, as a staff, felt comfortable playing him because he was still real sore. So we played the other guys. We’d love to play him, quite honestly, but he’s not healthy right now, consistently.”

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