The Huskies are off the field following their Tuesday practice — the last Tuesday practice they will ever hold in this configuration of Husky Stadium, which just still seems a little hard to comprehend.
The Huskies, though, have more pressing issues on their minds, such as figuring out how to slow down Oregon’s offense.
Today is the day we get to talk to defensive players and coaches, which meant our chance to catch up with Nick Holt.
And lots of the discussion was about the depth needed to take on Oregon’s patented fast-paced no-huddle offense. In the good news department, Justin Glenn was back in full pads and going full speed, giving UW one more safety, a key spot Saturday. Expect UW to rotate a lot on defense everywhere.
Asked if UW has more depth this year to deal with Oregon than the past two, Holt said: “Yes and no. We maybe have some more safeties than we’ve had in the past. Defensive lineman we are still a little short but we have a couple of bodies. Kind of seems the same for some reason.”
Holt said managing the logistics of when to substitute is also part of the challenge of playing Oregon.
“The problem arises when they are on your far hash and that’s when it’s hard to substitute guys, and they are on their near hash and that’s when they do a lot of it,” he said. “When the ball is close to our sideline it’s a lot easier for us to get our substitutions in. They get on the ball fast, but sometimes they don’t hike the ball fast and you finally get lined up and things like that.”
The other obvious challenge of is dealing with Oregon’s speed.
Asked if Oregon’s speed might be a better matchup than Stanford’s power was a couple of weeks ago, Holt didn’t sound too sure: “Hopefully that’s the case. Quite honestly, I don’t know if we are that fast. These guys are really, really fast. We have more safety-type bodies out there and more corners than we’ve had in the past. Hopefully that will help. In the run game we’ve got to be really good and not let them get out on the edge. They get out on the edge against everybody and really hurt everybody but hopefully that is the case. We’ll wait and see.”
You can see more of what Holt had to say in the video below at the bottom.
In a few other notes:
— James Johnson did not practice, no surprise as Steve Sarkisian said on Monday he is likely out this week. That meant more week for Kasen Williams in a number of UW’s schemes.
— I didn’t see Sarkisian run the Scout Team at all, as he had said on Monday he would do and as he did last year, but I only saw the last hour of practice so maybe he did earlier. However, I did see Cody Bruns helping run the Scout Team a little bit, as he also did the week of the Nebraska game. Bruns played some quarterback at Prosser.
Here’s the Holt video:
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