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November 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Coachspeak — Mike Riley

Oregon State coach Mike Riley met the media today to talk about Saturday’s game with Washington. Here are a few quotes:

On the Huskies: “They’ve shown continued growth in their program since Steve (Sarkisian) has been up there. They did a very good job transitioning after Jake Locker. (Keith) Price is a good player, a good athlete, good arm. He has thrown for a high percentage, they are very good on third down. They are a well-balanced effective offensive team and defensively they are good in their base and then Nick (Holt) gives you a ton of variety. That’s one thing for sure from them. And they have a good return game. It’s a good challenge for our team.”

On the biggest challenge for Oregon State: “It’s going to be a big week for us to see if we can get anything going in the run game. We have had very, very limited production with our run game and inside in particular with our tailback. … Even though it’s late in the year and we have been an unproductive running team we are not going to stop trying to do that for this game. If we win we are going to find more balance than we’ve had the last three weeks. Defensively, we have to strive for a more disciplined detailed run defense. That’s going to be a major emphasis this week.”

On recalling last year’s loss to UW in Seattle: “There’s a lot of carry over as far as what they want to do. They have a foundation in the running game for sure and this guy can do all the stuff that they did with Jake and what he did so well last year against us was run the bootlegs and stay on the move and this guy can do that. He’s also a really efficient pocket passer. So they haven’t held back a thing because they chaanged with Jake. They continued to expand what they do and this guy is capable of doing any of it. I think (Chris) Polk is one of the best running backs in the league and one of the best guys that’s been around over a period of time. Every time you play Washignton and he’s the running back you’ve got to do a good job in that area because that’s where the game is controlled and we’ve really found that out the lat two weeks.”

On what might change if Nick Montana starts at QB: “It’s kind of more of the same they are not going to change dramatically what they do. … I don’t know that it will (change much). He’s been around there now a little bit and he’s probably had a lot of work. Their offense is like ours, it’s very versatile, and I’m sure the quarterbacks that are all in their system can handle what they do.”

On if he’d be nervous seeing Montana leading a last-second drive given his lineage: “As long as Dwight Clark isn’t playing tight end (laughs). But they have a good yong tight end now — have you seen that guy? He’s a good player right now, he’s very physically impressive.”

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