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November 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Coachspeak — Arizona’s Tim Kish says Fellner hit looked legal to him

Washington fans who just about rioted after a flag was thrown on Nate Fellner for a hit on Arizona receiver Dan Buckner in the third quarter Saturday may be surprised who agrees with them — UA interim coach Tim Kish.

I asked Kish on the Pac-12 coaches conference call today what he thought of the play and the penalty prefacing the question by saying it had drawn some controversy up here, and he responded by saying: “As well it should. I don’t really know what I can comment on or not comment on since I’ve never been in a position to be asked this question. But I will say this — that looked like a very clean hit to us. That’s just a good, hard hit that maybe they misinterpreted as helmet-to-helmet or something, I don’t know. I’m really not sure exactly how they called that play.”

Kish said that despite the fact that play proved costly for Arizona. Bucker, who has been the team’s leading receiver, suffered a slight shoulder separation on the play and didn’t return and will miss this week’s game against Utah.

In fact, it proved to be a grueling game for the Wildcats, as detailed in this story.

Arizona safety Robert Golden suffered dehydration following his 91-yard interception return and won’t practice this week and is listed as questionable for the Utah game.

“His head just started bursting so we had to take him in and get an IV on him,” Kish said today.

I also asked Kish about UW’s run defense and the fact that the Huskies appeared to bring more pressure than they had in recent games.

Kish oversees Arizona’s defenses but he said “What (Arizona’s offenisve coaches were) telling me is they were loading up the box in certain personnels where we were more likely to run than pass and just took us out of a lot of running opportunities.”

I also asked Kish about a big UW edge that might have gone a little overlooked Saturday — kickoff returns.

The Huskies averaged 29.5 yards on six kickoff returns — UW started drives at its own 41, 45, 46 and the 50 following four kickoff returns. Kish said that one issue for Arizona on those plays was a lack of depth due to the suspensions of four defensive backs for at least the first half, and two for the game.

“We had a lot of offensive guys that have never run down on kickoffs just because of our injury situation,” he said. “A lot of those (defensive backs) that were suspended for that game were on our kickoff coverage. … it’s an excuse I don’t like to use, but six or seven of those 11 guys were either walk-ons or guys that had never run down on a kickoff before and they just didn’t play it very well.”

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