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October 2, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Coachspeak — Defensive coordinator Nick Holt

Here are some quotes from UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt following the win over Utah:

On what was the difference in the game from earlier in the season: “I think first of all, we got turnovers, which was huge. I think we got turnovers because we played really aggressive and our kids were flying around and being real physical and got the ball out and our corners did a great job of staying on top of the deep ball and coming up with a couple of those big plays, so it was good.”

On stopping the run: “Our run defense, other than Nebraska who really presents a couple different problems and we missed a couple of assignments there, but the run defense, really up until tonight and the first part of the season, has been really solid and that continued today. We’re big up front with the two tackles in there and they played well. It’s good to get Semisi (Tokolahi) back, his foot’s feeling a lot better and it showed today.”

On how it changed Jordan Wynn was injured: “They tried to do their same stuff, but we knew the backup was in and we tried to take advantage of things.”

On Jamaal Kearse: “I think every day, he’s getting better and better. I said it earlier in the week, I thought he was one kid that, as he learns and gets better and better, he’s explosive, he’s very fast, and he can be a really good player in our system. He’s going to keep coming and keep getting better.”

On the improvement of the defense: “I think this is what we’re all about. What you saw – going on the road, you’ve got to bring your defense, we got turnovers in the redzone, and really the first touchdown shouldn’t have happened. We didn’t do a good job of covering the guy across the field. I mean, they made a good pass and he made a good catch, but their second touchdown, a 4th-and-5, against some young guys, we could have played that better. We can build on this. We’ll go into the bye week and we’ll learn from all of the stuff over the last five weeks and hopefully be better the second half of the season.”

On what to work on during the bye week: “We need to get our younger guys more reps so they’re feeling more confident. Jamaal (Kearse) and Princeton (Fuimaono) and a couple of the D-inemen and it’s coming, it’s a work in progress like I’ve said many, many times and you saw it tonight – a hostile environment and our guys showed up. And what I’m really, really proud of is our guys played really physical. We outhit them and it showed up with the turnovers and we got after the quarterback and the first string guy got taken out, he was probably hurt from getting hit a couple of times.”

On Josh Shirley’s early sack setting a tone: “I think that was good and then the next play they run a little sweep and Sean Parker comes up and some of our other guys (step up).

On the third quarter to get out three-and-out the first series: “Just build from there and we talked about that at halftime, hey third down, we’ve got to do a better job. We are all over it, we’ve just got to continue to change up a couple of things on third down. We did that early in the second half and it really helped us.

On Greg Ducre’s play: “Excellent. Fantastic. He’s getting better and better every week.”

On the defensive gameplan being any more simple: “I think maybe the opposing offense didn’t change things. But we tried on first and second down to be really, some of our calls that we know, be really aggressive with it. But we had some changes on third down but guys executed. I don’t know if we simplifed stuff. We did some different things on second and third down but I think on first and 10 we were really, really good with our base stuff.”

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