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September 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith on Georgia State and backup QB situation

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Here’s what UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith had to say after Wednesday’s practice:

(on Georgia State defense) “I think they’ve got some athletes that play pretty hard. They’ve been good in regards to getting some turnovers, so we’ve got to be great with the ball. They do play a scheme that creates some problems because they’re going to blitz you from all different areas, so we have to focus on identifying things and taking care of the ball.”

(Is that defense something you haven’t see yet?) “Not a ton. Our defense gives us a lot of different looks (in practice). They’re predominantly a three-down front, so there’s some things we’ve seen out of that before.”

(on Georgia State’s bigger cornerbacks vs. UW’s smaller receivers. Note that Panthers’ two projected starters are listed at 5-10, 195 and 6-0, 195.) “I think the plan is to always give those guys touches in space. We do feel like there’s some challenges in the perimeter, size-wise, with those guys. But we feel good about our guys running around, too, so we’re not going to do any wholesale change, but there’s some areas we’ll try to attack.”

(What’s next for John Ross?) “We’ve got to find ways for him to continue to touch it. People are going to start focusing on him. The guy’s special, no doubt. But he needs to continue to grow as a receiver and in the details of things. And he’s still young. But we’re excited about where he’s at.”

(Do you feel like, through three games, you’ve figured out the identity of this offense?) “Yeah, I think so. We’ve looked back a little bit after three games and seen some at things maybe we thought we’d be like and we’re not. So we’re always learning week to week. And after three games, we’ve got some things established that you can learn from.”

(What’s been the biggest surprise?) “I don’t know if we’re overly surprised. We’ve been good with the football. If you told me after three games we’d (have) one turnover, I think we’d be pretty pleased with that.”

(on role of tight ends in this offense. Is there a plan to ingratiate them more into the pass game?) “A little bit. Those guys have been doing a good job. Perk (Joshua Perkins) was banged up last week. Mike (Hartvigson) and Darrel (Daniels) did a good job getting in there. When we get in the red zone, we’ve got a couple things for them. We just haven’t gotten it called. But they’re doing well.”

(How has Kasen Williams been since Week 1 …) “He’s steady. He’s been steady. Back to work. He’s still working at it, getting himself back. We’ve got a couple things for him. Again, we just got to keep grinding away. He’s an awesome kid; he’s been working hard. Things will come together for him.”

(Still sticking with by-committee approach at running back?) “Yeah. All those guys will get carries.”

(Is it a two-by-two deal at running back, with Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington getting the first couple chances, and then Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper getting the rest?) “We don’t go in saying, ‘We want this guy to have this many carries.’ We (want) to give it to the hot hand. We want to rotate them so they stay fresh.”

(Did you like what you saw from Jesse Callier last week?) “I thought he started off well. Did some good things carrying the ball. We feel good, too, with Jesse throwing him the ball. He’s sharp in protection. And Coop had a couple good checkdowns when things weren’t there for Cyler. As a whole, those guys have been productive and we’re happy with them.”

(on backup quarterback situation) “Those guys are competing. Both of those guys are doing a good job. We feel like both of them could get into the job. I think if something were to happen, Jeff would be the first one in, but that doesn’t mean Troy’s very far behind at all.”



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