We just got a visit from UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer, giving us some information of San Jose State, and a little more on his own Huskies.
He said the Spartans traditionally have a good deal of speed, especially at the skill positions, and a big offensive line. That seems to be the case again this season. They may rotate quarterbacks, but both seem to present pretty much the same skill set.
In terms of his own defense, Baer said the final starting job up for grabs – the tackle competition between Donny Mateaki and Jordan Reffett – remains undecided, although Mateaki would probably start if the game was today.
He also said previously injured end Greyson Gunheim and cornerback Dashon Goldson practiced Tuesday and looked pretty good. He’s eager to see how they feel — and look — today.
Baer remains a believer in linebacker Chris Stevens, even though Scott White moved ahead of him in the season-opening depth chart. Stevens is still expected to see time at linebacker as well as special teams.
Donald Butler – a linebacker and special-teams whiz – remains the true freshman most likely to play Saturday.
Baer also said some nice things about juco-transfer safety Jason Wells, but perhaps more revealing was the smile that crossed Baer’s face before he spoke. Wells is apprently the kind of hitter that literally brings smiles to a coach’s face.