Boise State ran 88 plays and scored six points Saturday night. That was plenty to leave Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox … dissatisfied.
Wilcox echoed Steve Sarkisian when he said the tackling needs to be better. According to Wilcox, Washington missed 17 tackles Saturday night. He said Washington will be working the fundamentals of tackling throughout the week.
“We need to emphasize it more,” Wilcox said. “That’s 100 percent my fault. We need to improve upon it. If we don’t that’s where the yards after contact show up and you can’t have that.”
Wilcox said 17 times the Huskies had a chance to make a tackle they did not. He explained that, at times, that’s an ability issue. The other team has good players and good schemes and is bound to find some success.
“When we had opportunities, we’re not going to let guys slide because they have good players,” Wilcox said. “We’re going to play good players all season.”
He did like a few things: The mechanics of getting calls in; getting lined up (though he said the made a few mistakes there that Boise didn’t make them pay for); and the effort. Wilcox said the effort was strong.
Couple other quick notes:
> Washington shifted its approach to Boise State some from the Las Vegas Bowl. Its corner were up and pressing the bigger receivers from Boise State, basically daring them to beat them over the top. Knowing Marcus Peters and Greg Ducre were both exceptionally faster than the Boise receivers, the Huskies figured that was the better approach. It worked.
> Wilcox said Evan Hudson was the most productive member of the defensive line Saturday night. Quite the step for someone playing his first college game on that side of the ball after being converted from tight end. Hudson said things went about as he expected and that his conditioning was good at the end because practice is so hard.
> Cornerbacks Greg Ducre and Marcus Peters said the same about their conditioning. Each said they were fine at the end of the game.
> Sarkisian said it’s nice that Washington is ranked and that the ranking is “people’s perception” of the team. That’s consistent with what he has said each time Washington was ranked prior.
> Sarkisian also said on the Pac-12 Conference call that a couple years ago he talked with then-Houston and now Texas A&m head coach Kevin Sumlin about running the no-huddle offense.