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November 30, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Tuesday practice report — Holt talks defense

It was a brisk practice for the Huskies Tuesday, in more ways than one.
It was intermittently raining and blowing pretty hard as the Huskies worked out, a practice that ended about 15 minutes earlier than usual (not sure of a reason as we don’t have access to UW coach Steve Sarkisian after the Tuesday practice).
Left tackle Senio Kelemete was in uniform but didn’t do anything on the field during the time I was watching. That meant Erik Kohler remained working with the first team at left tackle with Ryan Tolar at left guard, Drew Schaefer at center, Colin Porter at right guard and Cody Habben at right tackle. Sarkisian said on Monday that Kelemete wouldn’t need a lot of practice to be able to play so he could be limited during the week and still see action in the Apple Cup.
Punter Kiel Rasp was also in uniform and appears on track to playing Saturday.
Safety Sean Parker was in red but practiced and sounds like he may have a chance to play Saturday. Otherwise, there didn’t appear to be much different personnel wise.
Tuesday means our day to talk with UW defensive players and coaches, and a popular interview subject was cornerback Quinton Richardson, who has two interceptions in the last two weeks.
Richardson was also on the 2008 team that lost in Pullman, 16-13, and he was asked whether ever thinks about that game — he was on the defensive end of the long pass late to Jared Karstetter that set up WSU’s tying field goal that forced overtime.
“I try not to,” he said. “It ended in a loss, and I really didn’t make a good play. But it’s a new year, new day. Just get ready for a win.”


Asked if that play bothers him, he said: “Nah, not really. Just let the past be the past, we’re trying to make the future. … that’s old news. Just let it go.”
Richardson was good-humored as he spoke with reporters, however, which he displayed when he was asked about the comment of WSU QB Jeff Tuel that he doesn’t even drink purple Gatorade anymore. “I love all Gatorade,” Richardson said. “I don’t discriminate.”
But asked later if the Huskies hate Cougars, he said: “You know when I signed my letter-of-intent to come here it stated below that you are not allowed to like Cougs, so it comes with the territory.”
Tuesday also means our weekly chance to talk with UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On what he saw from the Cal film: “I saw good effort, good tackling and guys competing. It was a good effort all day long by a lot of kids. Nothing too fancy, just good effort and some good tackling. We made a couple of mistakes with some assignments, but they are all correctable and we addressed those in our meetings. We’ll get that corrected.”
On changing anything the last two weeks: “No, we haven’t changed up a lot. We’re doing what we do. We’ve faced some different offenses…a couple of weeks ago we went up against the Pistol, and every week there’s different stuff you have to stop. It’s a really good conference offensively, so you have to do a nice job with your preparation. Our kids have really been in tune and have been motivated. They’ve done a nice job preparing throughout the game week, and it’s showing on Saturdays.”
On WSU’s offense: “The quarterback throws the ball really well, and they have some good runs out of some of their offensive formations, but they go into four-wide quite a bit and they do a nice job with their passing game. It’s the old Washington State stuff when they spread you out with their spread passing game. The quarterback is a good football player and the wide outs catch the ball well, so it’ll be taxing in that sense because they spread you out.”
On UW needing to change its fronts to deal with the spread: “We’ll have to with some things, but we’re playing our best guys. Really with some of our substitutions that go in…our substitutes are hurt, so we can’t use them. You can’t do too much tricky stuff. We’ll do what we do well…we’ll do what our kids know and we’ll play hard.”
On WSU’s receivers being a special challenge for UW’s corners: “I think every week in the Pac-10, whether it’s Washington State’s receivers or Cal’s receivers, are very talented down the line. I think week-in and week-out the receivers in this conference are excellent. I think this week it’s because this quarterback can throw the ball a little better than some of the guys we’ve played in the last two weeks.”
On what changes for him when he can trust the corners to play on an island: “Nothing. They are just doing their stuff…they are playing with more confidence and they are playing well. But we don’t change stuff. We’re not going to change much. But we throw an interception and they throw an interception right back and we catch the ball…we’re making plays. It’s nothing fancy, trust me. It’s just guys are finally…we’ve had guys in the past, last year and this year, be in position to make plays, and now they are making them.”

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