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October 26, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Holt talks defense

Tuesday marks the weekly meeting with the media for UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt. Here’s some of what he had to say.
Overview of what happened against Arizona: “Just saw a couple plays that we didn’t execute very well. Then when we had some momentum, we lost some momentum back when we got some penalties that really, really hurt us. It just made it really difficult for our guys. We need to play better. Look at the film, there are some good things. … But in the long run, when the score is 17-14, our end got cut on little inside zone seal and the fast guy got out and made a little move on our free safety and we couldn’t catch him. That really killed us. That play and the third down right before the half. We got out of a drive finally and we get a personal foul facemask and they score on that drive too. They go in 30-14 at halftime.
More on what happened against Arizona: “We come back out (for the second half) and still feeling ok. We get them in third down again after we have to go we back out after the turnover. We have third and three and we miss a sack and the quarterback scrambles and throws incomplete and we are holding on the play for another pass interference. It’s an automatic first down, four or five plays later they go in and score and basically we are way down too far. We just had a lot of adversity and we didn’t overcome it. We need to play better when our opportunity arises. And we didn’t do that.”


On the pass interference penalties: “I think really that regardless if they are 50-50, I can help those guys out more than I did on Saturday with some coverages, maybe not getting them to be all by themselves in that situation so often. We need to help our guys out a little bit more. You think hopefully you can win some of those and not get them called. But they were being called and we were doing it. So we need to help out our guys more. It was frustrating for me and our staff, we were trying, but it wasn’t working out. We have to be better.”
On the anticipating better play from front four like against OSU: “Well, they are getting the ball off quick. And the middle screens, we missed tackles on those screens and they got out. We just weren’t making plays. Our margin for error is so small that we need to do a nice job with our play calling and with our playing because it’s hard on us, some of this stuff.”
On Stanford being more physical this year than in the past: “I agree with that. I think they are a lot more physical than they used to be. That’s a change of staff and them being a committed running team and committed to using their tight ends and things like that. Definitely I see that the last of couple years.”
On how Stanford goes right at opponents: “You know it’s a lot of runs and physical runs. You gotta hold up. The problem is you can take them out of that stuff if you get ahead of them. Then they have to go their other stuff. What happened last year, we got behind and we couldn’t take them out of running the ball. Then they used the clock. So you gotta stop them early and you have to a good job throughout the whole game. You need to make some plays and get some turnovers and take them out that offense. They will get out of it if they are behind. But if you don’t, they will stay in it all day long and you have to slug it out with them.”
On replacing Cameron Elisara: “We just have to go with the next guy and get them ready to go and get them better and some of the young guys have to rise up. That’s football here in November. Guys get hurt and you have to go to the next guy. You can play some other positions, but we’re thin at other positions. Especially at d-line against these guys, you need d-linemen, because when they go big people, you need to go big people. And we have to make sure we can’t run out of big people.”
On Sione Potoa’e having to play more: “Sione’s gonna play. We’ll do some things where we’ll have some other guys in the game, but guys like Sione, who is going to start now, and Semisi (Tokolahi), they need to play more. And they need to up their level of play for us to have a chance. They really do. And that’s what we’ve been telling them today – it’s just a great opportunity for some of these guys – now go make the most of your opportunities.”
On Everrette Thompson: “Everrette moves back to end, because Talia (Crichton) is hurt, and Cameron…we just have to adjust. And that’s what you have to do getting toward the end of the year or the middle of the season when you get injuries. You’ve got to adjust and kids have to rise up.”
On the shift in linebackers and going back to what they were doing: “Princeton (Fuimaono) is going to be a heck of a football player, but Vic (Aiyewa) is practicing and he’s feeling better. So he’ll play, provided that he practices the rest of the week. He’s the starter, so he’ll go back to being with our regular guys, but Princeton did some good things out there.”
On Sione being UW’s fourth true freshman to start on defense: “I thought he would play. I don’t know how many guys…but Sione’s one kid we thought physically he’d be ready to play. He’s played pretty decent when he’s been in there…he hasn’t played enough, quite honestly. I wish he had played more, and he got his opportunities on Saturday and did some nice things. He’ll get better and better and better the more he plays, like Hau’oli (Jamora).”
On what it is about this class that is allowing for so many frosh to start: “It’s just because it’s maybe a good class, but maybe the depth of the other classes that were here. Just the attrition that has happened, stuff like that. And these guys are going to be good players, and we need them right now, unfortunately.”
On how it’s going to help them going down the road: “Tremendously. Tremendously. All those guys physically need to get better, but mentally they’ll be so much better next year, as far as confidence. It’ll pay off in the long run.”
On ideally wanting to redshirt everyone: “Oh, in a perfect world, you’d like them all to redshirt and not have them go through the stress and having to play well and stuff like that. That’s hard. That’s hard for an 18-year old. Hopefully in the future we won’t have to ask all these guys to do it. But if they are good players, and they are ready to do it – and they can do it – then they’ll play.”
On approaching recruiting differently knowing they might all have to play: “No, no, no. The approach is always the same, go recruit great players that hopefully can come in and make an impact. That’s what you want to recruit, guys that can come in and play and maybe are better than what you are playing with. That’s your philosophy. ”
On what happened on the long run by Keola Antolin and some other long runs in recent games: “Just guys getting out in the secondary and us not being able to catch them. The long runs have been in man-to-man coverage where our other guys have been in man-to-man, so there is not a lot of help for a guy that misses the tackle because the other guys are in man-to-man and they don’t have their eyes on the ball. They’ve got their eyes on their man and their backs turned. On their long run it broke the line of scrimmage, which it should never have broke. We messed that up. But then it did get into the secondary and we have one guy that is free that you hope can get him down so we can get lined up, but he got outrun and it was really hard to play. When you play man-to-man unfortunately that can happen when it breaks the line of scrimmage and your free player is not as fast as the guy that has the ball.”
On whether the corners are panicking when the ball is in the air: “They just need to relax and it’s just a lot of repetition and they just need to get really well versed at playing the ball in the air when they’ve had to run for 40 yards running downfield and feeling really relaxed at doing that and it just comes from reps. We can help them out with certain coverages, but sooner or later people are going to try to test them out, and more sooner than later now andn they need a lot of reps at it so they feel comfortable with playing those and not getting out of position and grabbing guys. A lot of times these guys are in great position but they get maybe a little nervous that ‘oh, I’ve got to get my hands on these guys.’ They don’t. They are in great position. Just look up and play the ball.”

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