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November 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Video: UW’s Chris Petersen after Huskies’ 38-23 victory at Colorado

Here’s Washington coach Chris Petersen after the Huskies’ 38-23 victory over Colorado on Saturday:

Chris Petersen

(General) “Felt good. I knew Colorado was going to come out ready to play. We knew it. We didn’t tackle well enough. We didn’t protect the ball well enough early on, but I am proud of how those guys rallied and played hard for the whole game.”

 

(On Shaq Thompson) “He’s a heck of a player and I keep saying, I know he can play three positions for sure really, really good if not five. He’s fun to watch, I mean he’s fun for all of us as coaches to watch. You give him a little space as an athlete. Even in between the tackles he gets a little space. He’s so strong that he’s going to push the pile and certainly if we get him out on the edge in space he’s hard to tackle. He’s going to run through an arm tackle or he’s got enough athleticism to make guys miss. He’s a heck of a player, we all know that.”

 

(Did you expect a big day out of Shaq Thompson?) “Yes. I mean he has a big game every game wherever we put him. So when we were going to give him the ball a bunch we knew he was going to do some good things if the guys up front gave him a chance.”

 

(On Thompson as a full-time running back) “Well I do think that we have some good running backs in Lavon [Coleman] and Dwayne [Washington] on the field and those guys can play, they’re just not totally healthy and hopefully we’ll get them healthy. We’ve got to figure out where Shaq [Thompson] can give us the most help. Whether it is back on the defensive side of the ball, but I have confidence in our other backs as well.”

 

(On the punt return for a TD) “We’ve been saying this for the last two three weeks that we just felt like we were close on special teams and able to change the game somehow whether it was on punt return, kickoff return, you know blocking a punt. We’ve done all of that, we’ve had some penalties and some things that haven’t come through. We’ve been preaching that all week so it was nice to finally come through.”

 

(On second half) “I think that’s what’s nice about today is that it wasn’t anyone guy. It wasn’t Shaq [Thompson], Cyler [Miles] was fairly effective with the ball, it wasn’t just him. A lot of guys that finally just got into the rhythm. We played hard and got something done.”

 

(On Cyler Miles) “Well I think he did a good job. You’d have to talk to him on how he was at times. I’m not sure why he was fumbling that snaps. I don’t know if he’s putting too much on himself to make things happen to fast that was very frustrating for us all. I know it was frustrating for him. But I think he was efficient in the pass game. He ran and got a few things done and I’m happy for him to come here and get a win.”

 

(On coming from behind on the road) “Anytime you can do that I think it’s good. This team can do some things, that we have something to us but we have a long way to go. We continually shoot ourselves in the foot, stumble around on things that I think we can be better at. Give credit to the other side, they have good players too and sometimes they make you look bad, things like fumbling snaps and turning the ball over when we are going in to score and some penalties in inopportune times. I think we can be better at those things.”

 

(On overcoming mistakes) “And that’s nice. They kept fight and kept playing hard so at the end of the day that’s probably part of the message as well, cleaning up some more details.”

 

(On if he considered playing Thompson on D) “No. Not really. I don’t think it was necessarily the guys at Shaq’s position. There’s enough to go around. It’s not only the first guy who misses [the tackle] it’s three guys missing it. To me, we just got to play harder. We got to run to the ball harder. We just have to wake up a little bit. It has nothing to do with the early morning start. We’re early guys, we just didn’t come out with a physical mindset that we need to.”

 

(On Dante Pettis) “His whole thing has been trying to learn our system. Just being so new and when he knows what he’s doing, he can line up quickly. He’s very natural and very athletic to the ball. He made plays in the special team’s game as well.”

 

(On James Atoe at right tackle) “Coach Strasser has been moving some guys around a little bit. I think Coleman [Shelton] might have got dinged just a little bit. We’ve got to be able to move guys around. Whether our guys aren’t performing or our guys get dinged, it can’t be any surprise like ‘Oh now what?’ This is just how it goes. That’s something we had to work with.”

 

(On the offensive line) “Well, we got more yards running the ball so that’s positive. That’s always a hard group for me to comment on until I put the tape on.”

 

(On the importance of the win) “They are all important. It is so hard to win in this conference. I think that what everybody knows. Just look at the scores, in overtime or down to the wire, and then you go on the road and it’s even harder. Every week if you can eek something out we’re happy.”

 

(On UW’s defense) “I’m glad we got there in the fourth quarter [sacking the quarterback]. Guys fighting and that can be frustrating but we kind of knew that they give up as few of sacks as anybody around. It kind of proved true today because we got some guys who can rush the passer but I do think we are getting a push. I do think we were getting in some throwing lanes and I do think we had an effect on the run.”

 

(On playing at altitude and on natural grass) “Yeah the grass a little bit. But I think you look across the field and I think both teams have that. The altitude, the early start. I just, I refuse to say that’s an issue. Guys are going to slip on grass fields. You got to play at good pad level and it just comes down to fundamentals.”

(On containing Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce) “We knew he would get his catches. I mean a guy like that catches the ball so much. If you can kind of slow him down and contain him a little bit I think we are happy with that.”

 

(More on Shaq Thompson) “The time that he’s really spent back there, like studying the position. I think last week in those weird conditions the hard way to get your feet wet, we couldn’t throw it at all and so to come out here after the second week of looking at what he can do. We have to continue to figure out the best way to use him.”

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