Well, I had some big plans for posting a bunch of videos of interviews from practice today.
At the moment, some internet and other issues are getting in the way. So I wanted to pass along a quick blog post just to update that UW did practice for about two hours today out at Bishop Gorman High, and did so in some familiar conditions, with a constant drizzle and some rain.
No real news, with the most eye-catching aspect of the day being the facilities at Bishop Gorman which several UW players said rivaled anything they had ever seen. The field seats 5,000 and has been completely renovated with FieldTurf and the whole, well, nine yards. There is also a new athletic facility off one of the end zones that is roughly 41,000 square-foot total with an 11,000-square foot weight room.
I also was able to talk to UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox for a while. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On Boise State’s offense: “They are really multiple and will give you a lot of different formations out of a lot of different personnel groupings. They stress you with your eyes with their shifts and motions and fly sweeps. And people think that’s all it is, all trickery, but it’s not. They execute their plays really, really well whether they are running power or a certain pass concept they execute at a very high level and always have. The other thing about them is they never really beat themselves. They don’t take sacks, they don’t turn the ball over, those type of things. They don’t put themselves in bad situations, so that’s one of the things that makes them so good.’’
On BSU QB Joe Southwick and how he compares to Kellen Moore: “Well they are two different guys. Obviously Kellen had a great career there and Joe is in his first year as a starter and has done a great job. Particularly later in the season how he progressed and the decisions that he made he did a really good job running the offense. I know Joe and he can throw the football, I know that, and he can run well enough to beat you whether it’s zone read or scrambling, too.’’
On Southwick running more later in the year: “On third down and five or something and something’s not there he could make something happen with his feet, and he made good decisions and went a really long stretch without throwing an interception so I think he has done a really good job and obviously prepared well.’’
On what the defense needs to work on from the Apple Cup loss: “It’s the same every week, improving on everything. Each position is a little bit different, being consistent and executing down in and down out because you never know when that one play is that can turn the game, that was big. And some of the penalties we got in the Apple Cup were the result of poor technique or maybe not trusting what you were supposed to be doing and maybe guessing a little bit. At the end of it, it’s coming out and working through our winter practices and getting work on technique and certain things we need to do at each position.’’
On if the defense is where he thought it would be: “I think we made progress. It’s never where you want it to be. I ‘m really proud of how our guys competed and they fought through some adversity. I thought a lot of guys made strides throughout the year but we need to continue to grow because we are not where we need to be or want to be.’’
On what UW will need to work on in the off-season: “There’s going to be a laundry list and each position has certain things and each player has certain things, and that’s where you’ve got to get the cumulative effect. Once you get every guy gets two percent better then you are going to get al ot better on defense and that’s really the focus.’’