UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox talked to the media today.
One topic was Shaq Thompson, since we were also allowed to talk to him for the first time today.
Wilcox, talking about how Thompson has been used this year, said: “He plays in space quite a bit for us. He’s our overhang which is essentially like a strong safety, when we play 2 back teams, he’s played like a traditional linebacker at times and the reason he’s done that is because it gives us the best chance to win right now. Shaq’s got a really good skill set, he’s a big guy, he’s still learning to play the game, he didn’t play a lot of defense in high school. I don’t know if it’s sacrificed anything, you can play him, I don’t know if he’s like a quarter safety playing number two man to man vertical, I don’t think that’s probably his strength. We’re trying to put him in spots where he can defend a lot of the field and makes tackles in the open field, that’s where we’ve tried to put him.”
He also talked about Cory Littleton, another true frosh who has seen a lot of time on defense this year: “He’s provided us some depth, he’s provided us in terms of playing when we played some odd fronts as a standup outside guy and that’s going to be determined by game plan, how many of those fronts we play. Cory’s done a good job on special teams, been a valuable guy for us and I think these reps that he’s gotten are going to prove really valuable through the rest of this season and obviously going into next year.”
Asked about how Utah’s offense has changed with true frosh Travis Wilson now at quarterback, he said: “I think he’s playing better and better, I think he’s gotten better every week, he runs better than people probably give him credit for and he throws good footballs. They spread the ball around on offense and run a lot of different types of gap run schemes, powers and counters and stuff like that. In the pass game, they have a bunch of receivers with twenty plus catches so they do a good job of spreading it around and the tight end can stretch the middle of the field.”
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