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October 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Video — Pac-12 Networks previews UW-Oregon State game

What’s been a cool new thing to pass along on here each week are the Pac-12 Network previews of each week’s game, including lots of analysis and breakdown of plays from the likes of Rick Neuheisel (who think what you want of other stuff, is really good at this).

The video is below, and it includes some analysis by Neuheisel of some of UW’s pass protection woes.

One good point he makes is that UW often finds itself vulnerable when it doesn’t keep a tight end in to block.

The reason, though, that UW often goes without a tight end in to block is that it needs to maximize receiving opportunities for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and as Steve Sarkisian explained today, that’s easier done when they can move him around in formations instead of having him always line up in one spot.

One possible solution is to play the likes of Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson more as second tight ends — Sarkisian has explained they haven’t done that more because of production at that spot. But he said today that Hartvigson has had a good week of practice, so maybe that’s something you’ll see more is ASJ and another of the tight ends on the field together, one being able to stay in to block.

Neuheisel says pretty clearly that he thinks Keith Price’s issues begin with the offensive line and protection issues. When the clip is played of Sarkisian saying it’s difficult to play quarterback having doubt, Neuheisel says “it’s also difficult to play quarterback when you are not on your feet. … his numbers are plummeting because he just doesn’t have confidence that he has time to look down the field and go through his reads.”
Neuheisel also says it’s obvious that Price “is not playing with the same confidence and the same swagger had had a year ago.”

Watch below:

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