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UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said watching film of Stanford’s defense “can be depressing.” The Huskies, he says, will have to be in “attack mode” from the beginning Saturday (1:15 p.m., FOX) if they hope to pull the upset of the 16th-ranked Cardinal.
More from Smith after Wednesday’s practice:
(on Cyler Miles) He’s continued to improve. I think understand and command is there in regards to seeing the coverages and all I think. I think sometimes he needs to pull the trigger and trust himself. He is a guy that sees the defense well, and if continues to study like he’s done and prepare like he’s done, he’ll improve week to week.
(on designing plays for John Ross) “Oh yeah, we definitely design some things for him to either stretch the field or get some balls underneath and go. … So it’ll be nice if he can get himself back. We’ll see how it turns out.”
(What makes the Stanford defense so effective?) “As a group, they’re physical, very sound. You don’t see a lot of explosive plays or busted coverages on them, so they’re sharp that way. And they’re good tacklers.”
(on Stanford jumping on teams early and milking the clock) You’ve got to take advantage of your opportunities. You look at the number of snaps they’ve had on defense, you look at the three plays and they’re averaging about 55 plays (defended). That’s not many opportunities. So we’ve got to take advantage.”
(on Stanford’s red zone defense/third-down defense) “You sit there and watch the film and it’s gets too late, and you watch it over and over, and can be depressing. Like I said, they’re a stiff challenge. But we’ve got to come out with a little bit of an attack mentality. It’s going to be tough; they’re good, no question. But we feel like the best chance we have is if we go into attack mode.”