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September 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM

UW player, assistant coach quotes

Here are a few quotes from UW players and coaches following the game tonight. Note some of the stuff said on the defensive strategy:

MIDDLE LINEBACKER THOMAS TUTOGI

On what the win means: “It gives us a lot of confidence just to be able to stop a team like this. They are bigtime known for their run, outside and inside, so being able to stop them was real big for us as a group.”

On why the tackling was better tonight than the last few years: “We do a lot of tackling and I feel like that showed up tonight. We tackled very well tonight as a group.”

On the key to stopping the run: “The guards. Anybody lead blocking, take them out get our fits corrected and of course Stepfan Taylor is going to bounce back. So 11 hats to the ball, population to the ball and that’s what we had.”

On why the defense is better this year: “I don’t know. Maybe just a mentality that we all have. We worked on run fits with teams like this and really developed a sense for it and now we are really good at it.”

On what the win means: “I think we showed people that we are worthy that we are pretty good. We are a good defense. We are fast. We kill them with the speed and we play downhill football. That’s what we do.”

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JUSTIN WILCOX

Overall thoughts: “Obviously a win like that feels great and our guys need to enjoy it. I thought we played extremely hard. We weren’t perfect and there are obviously some things we need to clean up from the tape. But hopefully it’s not surprising. We need to enjoy the win and it’s great for our school and our fans, it’s awesome. But we need to expect to play well like that. I’m really proud of their effort and our coaches did a great job preparing them. … We lost our eyes a couple of times and it hurt us but overall I thought our effort was really, really good.”

On wanting to stop the run and force Josh Nunes to pass: “Absolutely, that’s the way a team like Stanford comes into town and you are not going to play Cover Two all day. Make them try and beat you throwing the ball outside and that’s what we tried to do.”

On what the win means: “When you do things the right way and play your techniques — I’m not trying to downplay it at all but that’s what it is. You do things the right way, you play hard, you tackle well, you execute your techniques, good things can happen. … Played extremely hard. Played with great technique. They knew what they were looking at and they brought it with every snap.

On stacking the box: “Stacking the box means you put eight or nine guys in there. At some point you have to cover the wideouts, so we did play a lot of heavy run fronts and eight guys, sometimes nine in the box, and especially against their big people we substituted against their big groups and you could see like Travis Feeney was playing some safety for us and he played linebacker in our base and nickel groups, and we took one of the corners out and Desmond (Trufant) was the only corner when we went to those. But a lot of guys played well and I’d have to go to the tape and I don’t want to shortchange anybody. But a lot of guys did some really good things. … It was the same as our plan going in. When they got big people in we were going to get bigger people in and that’s what we did the whole game.”

On keeping the attitude going when UW got down: “We talked to them all the time about win the next play, that’s all that matters. Nothing that happens 20 seconds ago matters and nothing that will happen five minutes from now matters. It’s all about the next play and they did a good job of that. And there was some ebb and flow to the game, the third quarter especially, and they did a good job on the sidelines managing all the assignments and just executing the next play. Their mindset was really good and they played extremely hard with good energy.”

On having linebackers line up on the line and moving guys all around: “That was more third downs, just to hide some of our pressures. We tried to get after them early and play some man and then we had some max drops where we played some coverage. So just doing some things disguise wise to help our pass rush.”

QUARTERBACK KEITH PRICE

On the interception: “The guy made a great play. Nothing I could really do about that. He made a great play. Not too many people could make that play.”

On what he told the team after that: “I kept telling the guys we were going to win the game. We just persevered through the win. We kept fighting and kept fighting.”

On the TD pass to Kasen Williams: “It was kind of a risky throw but I just figured, hey, Kasen wanted the ball and I knew I was going to feed it. I got the look I needed to throw the downscreen and he just made a play for me.”

CORNERBACK DESMOND TRUFANT

On the defense: “We know what to expect before it comes. I give all the credit to the coaches.”

On how it feels to finally beat Stanford: “It feels good. First time I have beaten Stanford. Every time’s been a blowout since I’ve played here. It feels good, but we’ve got to keep the momentum going. We can’t be satisfied.”

On how the defense was able to play so much better against Stanford this year: “Nobody was scared. We knew we just played aggressive, we just played our game. We didn’t do nothing special. We tackled, got off blocks, we hit them. You’ve just got to be disciplined.”

On tackling being better now: “I think nobody is afraid to miss. If you miss a tackle there are 10 other guys hopefully coming to make up for that miss, so we’ve just got each other’s back out there. We are playing hard, playing aggressive and everybody’s confidence level is sky high right now.”

On the difference in the defense this year: “I think the scheme we are doing now plays to the strength of the players we have. We are aggressive in the secondary and play a lot of man-to-man coverage. We blitz a lot, we want to put pressure on the quarterback and we’ve got great coaches, and we do practice well, we practice hard and I just think all of that is starting to pay off now.”

On why the defense played so much better in this game then it did against LSU: “We kind of got out of our gaps the LSU game. We were kind of undisciplined in some of the little things. But in this game we were very detailed-oriented. We knew we had to be in certain gaps and everybody did that.

On the interception at the end: “Actually, watching film they like to split him out and get that mismatch with the corner because he’s 6-8. So I was expecting it to come so I just bailed out and luckily I was in better position than him to get the ball.”

SAFETY JUSTIN GLENN

On stopping the run and making Nunes throw: “That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to take the game out of their running, eliminate that completely and force a quarterback who hasn’t played in a hostile environment, so that’s what we wanted to do and that’s what happened, the fans were going crazy like we knew they would and ended up helping us out.”

On the win meaning a lot: “I think also because of the uncertainty of how people viewed our defense and how things were coming along. This is just a statement of where we are and how far we have come and still the improvement we can make and shows that we can maybe be a solid defense and keep our team in the game when our offense isn’t doing as well as they usually do. … Man we are just feeling good right now.”

On the scheme to stop the run: “Coach Wilcox had a great scheme to bring in these bigger bodies and every time they brought in their 22, 23 personnel with two tight ends, three tight ends because we weren’t really worried about the pass. I mean we had Desmond and Sean (Parker) on the edge to protect for the pass and Feeney up top, but at the same time we wanted to eliminate the run game completely and put the game in the quarterback’s hands in a hostile environment, something he hasn’t dealt with yet.”

RECEIVER KASEN WILLIAMS

On going for it on fourth downs: “I think Sark had the confidence in us. We knew we were going to put in those situations and we had to make the best of them. That’s just a huge confidence booster in our offense, especially when we are having a game like we were.”

On the post-game celebration: “I’ve never been part of a rush the field like that. It’s nice.”

On the winning TD: “I got that one-on-one coverage. Just a little quick screen. Put my head down, able to make the defender miss. The ball slipped out a little bit and I was able to put it back in my hands and just rush to the end zone, carry the defender into the end zone.”

On what he thought when he started to lose the ball: “Grab it. Really, just grab it. … I was like ‘what are you doing, come back.’

On what happened with losing the ball: “I have no idea to be honest. I have to watch the film. I couldn’t tell you.”

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