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November 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Nick Holt quotes

Since today was technically a Tuesday practice, UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt met with reporters after practice today.
Here’s some of what he had to say.
On the Oregon game plan: “I thought the kids played really hard, as you saw, and they executed the game plan really well. We did what we needed to do early in the game, but we lost a little gas – especially in the fourth quarter. But I thought the kids played very hard, very physical. It’s just too bad late in the game that we let it get away from us.”
On the volume of plays being the difference: “I thought that was a factor, but really we didn’t run out of gas until late in the game, and really it was our guys that had to be on special teams that it was taxing on. Unfortunately with the depth the way that it is, hopefully in the future we’ll have players that can spell the ones on special teams.”
On how that gets addressed during the bye week : “It’s a little different. Oregon is a little different than some of these other opponents. Right now, we need our best guys on special teams. Right now, those guys that had to play a lot of snaps, they need to be in the game because we subbed a lot of guys in, and those guys didn’t do their jobs.”
On what UCLA does that’s different from Oregon: “They have a lot of similar runs, but they aren’t as up-tempo, and they don’t spread you out as much with the open sets. And Oregon’s quarterback run a little faster than what we’ll see this week. But they have some very similar, taxing plays – and we have to do a nice job.”
On recreating the end of last year: “I think the week off got us healthy again, got us fresh. I think we’ll come out the last three weeks – starting with this game Thursday – and I think we’ll play good defense. I’m expecting us too. For the most part we played really, really good defense against Oregon…you were at the game, you saw all the short fields. It’s ridiculous. It’s hard to stop the No. 1 offense when you’re starting with the field position we had. But I envision, starting with this game, that we’re going to play really, really good defense down the stretch.”
On which players got rested over the bye week – “I think guys like Mason (Foster), Nate Williams, Cort Dennison – guys that have played a lot of snaps because of special teams and because they are always in the game. I thought they got fresh. Same with the defensive line – I thought Everrette (Thompson) got fresh, and Semisi Tokolahi – he has had a good last week. He seems to really be picking up steam. But especially those first three guys I mentioned – I think they are feeling healthy and fresh. ”
On Tokolahi and maybe some others stepping up late: “I don’t know that. We’ll have to wait and see. But he’s been really good the last week-and-a-half, the last two weeks. He’s played really well.”
On the seniors: “They’ll always be remembered as the guys – along with last year’s seniors, but we’ve been around these guys an extra year – of really believing and staying focused and they continued to believe in their coaches and continued to play hard. They’ve done a nice job.”

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