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October 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Nussmeier talks offense

UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier talked with the media after practice Wednesday. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On the shuffling of the offensive line: “Obviously you’d like to have five from day one and have those five play for the whole season, but we’re continually looking for the right combination and the best combination for our football team.”
On if last week’s five is maybe the one they’ll stay with: “I thought those guys played well. We grade out week to week, and we always look at our players and how they grade out. And obviously we had some young players that stepped up there. Colin Porter stepped up there and Erik Kohler stepped up (the previous weeks). Anytime you add young players to the mix, it provides us flexibility and depth.”
On Greg Christine’s play at center: “Greg is very, very smart. He understands the offense and does a great job of communicating…really does a nice job of getting us ID’s and sending us where we need to go.”
On if that was why they moved Drew Schaefer to right tackle: “No. Drew was doing a great job at center. Drew was playing the best of probably all our linemen to date.”
So why switch that?: “At the time, we put the best five football players we had on the field. Drew going to right tackle, he had played tackle before and he had done a nice job out there for us. And Greg going into center was a natural position for him because of the things I just talked about. We felt like it gave us the best five people on the field in the best situation.”
On the freshmen getting to the point where they are locked in with their assignments: “With guys that are playing a lot…their freshman year they kind of get into camp and they are learning and it’s a lot, and then they usually hit a little bit of a doldrum there and then all of a sudden it comes back to them. I think you see that it all makes sense. It’s like the steep curve you take at the start, and then they get and now they are able to let their athletic ability take control, instead of having to think while they are playing.”
On realizing that Jesse Callier would be that versatile for them coming out of high school: “If you looked as his high school film, he did a lot of stuff. I don’t know if you really know until they get here and you put them in your system and you see what they can do. But obviously he’s been a very pleasant surprise.”

On the value to Keith Price getting reps during team period with Jake Locker resting: “Sure. Anytime you can get a young quarterback those kind of reps…and he’s taken all of our stuff, so it’s good for him. If you look at our depth at quarterback, we don’t have a lot of depth. We have three quarterbacks, and we feel great about all three of them. With Jake and Keith and Nick (Montana), all three of them have done a great job this season to date, and it’s good for Keith to get some work and Nick to get some work in. It works well. Obviously you’d like Jake to practice, but that’s football, and that’s what happens when you get to the middle of the season.”
On the most challenging aspects of Arizona’s defense: “They are really fast up front. Those two defensive ends – (Brooks) Reed and (Ricky) Elmore – are really good players, really, really good players. They are active. They get off the ball, they create a lot of problems for you, they run very, very well on the back end. They run a lot of nickel and dime packages, so they get a lot of speed out there, play a lot of man against you.”
On UA being similar to ASU’s defense: “A little bit. I don’t know if they are as big up front as Arizona State was, but they are active. Their ends are fast, fast guys.”
On what Oregon State was able to do against the Wildcats: “Oregon State got a couple of big pass plays, did a nice job – threw for quite a few yards in that game. They just played and they executed. In the Pac-10 every week, if you go out and play well and execute, you’ve got a chance to win. It’s a tough league. It was a tough, tough game, went down to the end.”
On Christine and snapping: “He’s done it before, so it’s not totally new. Anytime you are changing centers, that’s the first thing you’re conscious of, getting the exchange. And we’re in the gun a lot, doing this fly stuff. … timing and all that. There’s a lot of logistics with it. Obviously it’s not ideal to be switching linemen, but we’re going to put the best five we possibly can out there. And he did a nice job.”
On the progression of the tight ends: “It’s coming. Like I’ve said, we’re doing it by committee, putting different guys in different situations, and they have to continue to grow. And we have to continue to improve in all areas of the offense.”



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