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August 26, 2008 11:41 AM

Willingham notes from Pac-10 conference call

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham just concluded his segment on the Pac-10 conference call. Here are some highlights:

On Oregon's quarterback situation: "I think we will see a couple of quarterbacks and not just the one kid, Costa, but it does clarify things a little bit.''

On Oregon's running backs: "They are going to be talented at back. What we have to figure out a way to is (read) their scheme and be in the right position at t the right time, and any time you are reading the option game, the sweep game and the read game at the same time it's very difficult. No other way we can do it expect being very sound in all the defensive principles.''

On Chris Polk: "The thing I've said that what I've seen from Chris is kind of that "wow' factor that you stand there as a coach and watch some of the plays he makes as a coach and you stand there and go 'wow.' It's a wonderful sensation to have as a coach when you have a player who does that, so it's exciting and we are eager to get that combination (of Polk and Jake Locker) on the field.''

On what he will tell his many young players about playing at Autzen Stadium: "The thing we will educate them about it is that it is going to be noisy, it is going to be hostile. We are playing a super football team and we have to focus and not get distracted by all the things outside the football field. That's the message you give to not only your freshmen but to your upper classmen, and hopefully they are giving them (the young players) the confidence and comfort to go in and prepare.''

On the defense: "First of all, there is a level of communication going on that I think we stepped up on in terms of understanding our package and our system. ... that had to happen. I think our guys will play with some passion and some energy and hopefully we will improve a couple of techniques and some other things that will make us better as an overall defense.''

On facing the Oregon secondary: "...They are a very, very strong group. The thing they will do well is play their package and disguise their package. That will be the tough thing for a young receiver to pick up is their disguises because if they are able to do that very well it usually slows down a young receiver, and we need our young receivers to play very fast and that's what coach Baggett and our other coaches are trying to do a wonderful job of speeding up their learning ability to pick up the nuances of that (defense). ... No question we will be playing one of the best secondaries in the Pac-10.''

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