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News, notes and quotes from Tuesday — Wilcox readies D for up-tempo

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm with No Comments »
August 27, 2013 10:23 pm

> On KJR, Dick Baird, who is allowed into practice, said he lightly shook hands with Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Tuesday and Seferian-Jenkins said, “It’s good coach. It’s going to be good.” For whatever that’s worth. Above, you can hear Baird, Hugh Millen and Softy Mahler rambling and rumbling on this year’s first edition of the Husky Honks show. In the limited amount of practice we can see, Seferian-Jenkins did not appear to be wearing any protection on his right hand (home of the previously broken pinkie).

> In a surprise to no one, Boise State is expecting Seferian-Jenkins to play.

“We had guys there around him (last year) but he’s so big he can screen you off,” Boise head coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s athletic. He’s got strong hands. … The ball goes to their tight end whoever is in there.”

> Chatted with Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox on Tuesday. He says Travis Feeney, who was demoted from his starting spot early in camp, has been playing better. “He’ll play a lot for us,” Wilcox said.

He also said he never balked when Steve Sarkisian came to him and said the offense was going to be full-time up-tempo. That move makes the traditional statistics measurements of defensive success muted a bit. Here’s what Wilcox had to say about it:

“There’s a reason why everybody is doing this. People aren’t dumb. Our job is to execute out on the field.

“I want us to play as well as we possibly can. Statistics are important, I understand that. We have certain goals that we track from third downs, to turnovers, to red-zone defense. Those things are critical. The yards per play are a big one. The yards thing is always a product of execution during the game.

“It’s the product of execution that I am more concerned with than stat per game.”

I’m interested to see how the faster offense affects the defense later in the season. The snap count will continue to mount throughout the year. Even though Washington has the lighter part of its schedule at the end, managing those games will be a a challenge.

> USA Today says Boise State is No. 9 in the country. The same countdown has Washington at No. 41.

> Coming up: The media will receive its tour of renovated Husky Stadium on Wednesday. There were still slapping plaster on ceilings and buffing this and that Tuesday. We’ll run a live chat prior. Because of the stadium tour, we’ll go from noon to 12:45 or 1 p.m. Stop in.

 

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