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October 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

More from Embree on defending Washington and recruiting battles

A couple of interesting quotes from Colorado coach Jon Embree from his press conference with local media today that are worth passing along.

First, Embree was asked about defending a balanced offense like UW’s and whether that is more difficult: “No, because if you are playing man, you are playing man. If you are playing zone, then you are playing zone. That isn’t the issue; it is when you are playing a team and they have one guy like an (USC WR) Robert Woods and you have to find out where he is and figure out, ‘Ok, are we bracketing, are we doubling him here,’ that is when it becomes an issue because then they move around in motion and do all that. Sark’s (UW coach Steve Sarkisian) going to do what he does, what they do in the passing game and what they do in the running game. They are not a line-me-up and trick you and all that. Are they going to have a wrinkle here and there? Yeah, but that is more of a testament to the quarterback and him finding guys open and throwing them the ball.”

Asked what makes UW QB Keith Price so effective, he said: “He has good accuracy, he does a good job like our guy, when he scrambles, he scrambles to throw. In most quarterbacks, they are eight yards deep and they take off to run and tuck the ball away, you love that as a defense. It is those guys that are still looking downfield, have the ball in the passing position, that you kind of stay back and don’t know when to go and don’t know if he’s past the line of scrimmage and all of those things. Once they get past the line of scrimmage, they can hurt you in the open field. They are elusive enough that you can’t just go up and hit them. They are not just going to go up and slide. Like I said, the thing that I get the sense from watching him on tape is, he’s got a great mindset, if he fumbles the ball in the pocket or if he throws an interception, he comes right back and I think that is a great attribute to have as a young quarterback and especially replacing (Jake) Locker. I’m sure there are a lot of things that are going on around that, having to fill those shoes and probably a little pressure in having to live up to that and he seems comfortable in his skin. He feels comfortable in doing what he does best and not forcing a lot of things.”

Finally, he was also asked about some of the recruiting battles UW and Colorado had last year and whether that is now “water under the bridge” between the coaches. He responded: “There are kids, whether it was (Greg) Henderson or (Stephane) Nembot or Paulay (Asiata), I think of it as a couple of things. As we just talked about, we see the parallels in our program and what we are trying build and the kind of kid that we are trying to get and obviously we are on the right kids, and recruiting that, that happens a lot. As far as rival, your rival has to be in the South Division because we have to play them every year. I’m sure we will bang heads again this year in recruiting. I know there are a couple of guys that we’ve been looking and they’ve been looking at, and as coaches being competitive, it is kind of fun going into a house and another coach is leaving. The parents and families are freaking out because they think a fight is going to happen in the living room or something like that, it is kind of funny because invariably in some cases – depending on the relationship you have with the coach – usually after those same visits are done, you and that coach are going to have some dinner or something like that afterwards. The parents are like, ‘Oh no, I hope they don’t know that school X was here,’ I’m like, ‘I don’t worry about it, I’m going to see him right after the home visit.’ It is not quite like how they make it out in the movies sometimes about recruiting and all of that. When you have a healthy respect for a coach and a program, it ends up being ok. The issue is when you don’t have a healthy respect for that coach or for that program, when it can be an issue. As I said I know Sark, I saw him right after he got the job in the LAX airport, I was out there visiting my son and ran into him, and he’s running through the airport with Starbucks and talked to him for a little bit. I always thought that Sark is a good guy and I like what he is doing up there and how he is doing it, I don’t have a problem with him.”

I’ll add that Asiata and Nembot (who is indeed now listed as “Stephane” by Colorado) were each reported as having committed to UW at one point in the process last year while Henderson was not. Asiata is a backup guard for Colorado and Henderson a starting corner while Nembot is not on the two-deep.

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