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November 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Nick Holt quotes

Here are a few quotes from UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt following today’s loss at Oregon:
Overall thoughts: “First half, I thought it was a really good effort. In fact, for the first three, three-and-a-half quarters, it was good, and then it just got a little bad field position, and guys got a little winded there. They got it rolling there late in the game.
Difference between Stanford and Oregon games: “Really two different offenses. Last week, a lot more physical at the point of attack. Last week, we didn’t get off the field early in third downs. We couldn’t take them out of what Stanford did last week as far as two tight stuff. That maybe doesn’t match up well with us since we’re a little undersized and young up front. I don’t want to talk about last week, I want to talk about this week – it was a little different offense. I thought our guys played with great effort, and I’m really proud of them, for the most part. Too bad we gave up 53 points. They deserve it, they’re a good football team, there’s no question. Running back (James) is a heck of a player, but with a couple short fields, quite honestly … it’s hard not to give up points to the No. 1 offense in the country when they have a bunch of short fields. I think our kids felt they did a good job. They battled. We’ve just got to get better, and not get down, especially this week, we can’t get down.
Substitution scheme, did it work out: “I don’t think the tempo early, or them substituting or being the quick, high-paced offense – that didn’t really affect us early in the game. We stayed with the defense that was out there, we got the calls in and our kids felt really comfortable because in practice, they were ready for the speed of the offense. I never felt it was a problem, quite honestly. Problem is making sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing – tackling, there was a couple missed tackles, and it happens late in the game when guys are out of their gaps. I’m really proud of the secondary, I thought they played an excellent game. They stayed on the deep balls. These guys had to work for a lot of things. Couple runs that got out, especially on the edge – the quarterback hurt us on a couple scrambles.”
Quarterback scrambles, why did they happen: “Us not getting off blocks. I thought there were a couple holds there. Guys don’t get off blocks, you think that way – and the quarterback is a good athlete, did a nice job on a couple of those scrambles.”
On the battle up front: “I thought our front seven played really, really solid football for most of the game – until late. Their last touchdown was against a couple young guys in there not doing what they were supposed to be doing.”
On regulars playing special teams, too: “Some of your good players on special teams, that can happen. That’s unfortunate we don’t have the depth yet to feel good about some other guys going in on special teams. That is where we are in the program. That will change here in the next year when we have some depth, and the starters don’t have to be on some of the coverage teams. That’s unfortunate. We have to get some of the backups ready to go.”
Good job against James: Late in the game he broke some runs that we had him. We missed some tackles. He’s a heck of a running back, he runs extremely hard for a little guy and he’s hard to find because he’s not very back. They have a great scheme for him. I still think he’s a heckuva a running back, I thought our guys did, for the most part, a good job.

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