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October 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Thursday afternoon notes — ticket updates, Holt on KJR-AM and more

A few news and notes to pass along. …

— Here are the updated numbers of tickets distributed for the next two UW home games — the final two to be played at Husky Stadium before it undergoes a renovation: Arizona, 57,288; and Oregon, 62,685.

So yes, plenty of tickets still available for each. The Apple Cup is being handled by First & Goal and a spokesman said recently it did not have official ticket sales numbers to release yet, but anecdotally, it sounds like there’s more than a few tickets still available for that game, as well.

— Next, UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt had his regular weekly appearance on KJR-AM with Dave Mahler today. Here’s the link.

A couple of highlights:

— Holt said the main issue at Stanford was “just being more consistent with some of the things. At times it looked really good, and at times it broke down.” He said once Stanford got ahead it was able to stick with its “big” personnel and keep running the ball.

— Asked what he thinks of the criticism coming his way, his said: “I don’t get into all of that. We are getting better at some things. We just need to keep on recruiting well, which we are, and keep getting better at things. … just keep on working at it. They are going to say what they are going to say and I can’t control that. We just have to keep coaching these guys.”

— Asked what areas of the defense he thinks are better now than in 2009 he said: “I think we know our schemes better, obviously, because we have been doing them a little longer. I think our back end, our corners and safeties, we are young but we are more athletic than we have been. We are still young up front, we have some lost some good players the last couple of years and we are replacing them with some young guys, so our front seven has been a revolving door every year. It’s been hard to replace all these guys and we are at that transition, especially up front we are young — we have three seniors and the other eight guys are all underclassmen. So we are getting better. We’ve got to get more physical and get bigger, stronger guys and we will be just fine.”

— He also said that a key for the team is to “get a point to where we are redshirting” every true freshmen. He said “we’ve had to play a lot of these young guys. The optimium way for a good program is you are redshirting your whole freshmen class, just about, and we are not there yet but we will be.”

— Asked if he thinks UW needs to look at its scheme, he said they are always doing that and that “every year you find out what you have and you tweak it from there, so that’s what we are doing continually. … we are always doing that, evaluating that stuff to accentuate the positives and reduce the negatives. … we are not so stuck in our scheme that we can’t be mulitiple.” But he also said that doing a lot of things takes longer to get good at everything.

— Asked about Arizona and quarterback Nick Foles he said UW has “got to mix it up for this guy. The good thing is that he’s not a good scrambler … we’ve got to change things up for him and give him some different looks, bring some pressures, change your coverages and got to keep them guessing and just make sure when you are doing all these changeups that you do it correctly and don’t bust a coverage. And you’ve got to remember, we’ve got to stop the run first. You can get all caught up in their spread stuff but you’ve got to stop the run first.”

— Asked if Will Shamburger might start at free safety he said “yes, there is a chance” and noted that Justin Glenn is still limited by the ankle injury suffered against Stanford and that has limited his reps, which have been taken by Shamburger.

Mason and Steve Kelley also weight in on Holt in their latest K Kast.

Bud Withers will have a live Pac-12 chat Friday at noon.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller said in his chat today that he expects Holt back in 2012, among numerous other thoughts.

— The NCAA approved some potentially significant changes today, including additional money as part of scholarships, and giving the schools the option to award multi-year scholarships (which sounds like could make football recruiting a little dicier as kids may have to choose between a big school offering a one-year deal and smaller schools offering mutli-years). There’ll be lots more on this in the coming days, no doubt.

— CoachSark’s site with some photos of Wednesday’s practice, and I’ll admit I completely missed that that was Nick Folk there.

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