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August 11, 2008 2:24 PM

Donatell hoping to rotate D-line more

Posted by Bob Condotta

What's a common, and obvious, question for this Washington camp is who will emerge as starters on the defensive line.

But new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell says it's one that may never really have an answer in the conventional sense.

Donatell says his goal is to have enough linemen ready to go that he can rotate liberally up front --- as many as 10 guys at a time if that many show they deserve to play.

"The first thing is, we don't have strings (meaning a first string or second string) on the defensive line,'' he said. "It's how many guys can we get up to the level of playing the game to play. If 10 guys get to that line, then 10 are playing. They are really not competing against anybody. If we can get a guy to come in and take six snaps for you and go 100 percent, then he's playing. I've always felt if you involve more people, it's more fun. They stay stimulated, and then if a guy gets hurt, he's already played. So if he gets up to that line, then he gets to play.''

That doesn't mean there won't be guys who play more than others. Donatell said it's obvious that DE Daniel Te'o-Neshiem, the lone returner with any real experience, will be on the field a lot this year.

But Donatell said he'd even like to rotate there, giving Te'o-Nesheim more rest than he had last season.

"If I could take 10 snaps from him, it would be a wonderful thing,'' Donatell said. "My goal would be to (rest) him more this year, then he'll be more effective because he plays so hard. The key is to get another guy in there who can play a couple of snaps so he can get over there and get rested and then win a third down. That's my (wish) and my intentions.''

And while he'd like to rotate more everywhere on defense, Donatell said it's especially critical up front, meaning the designation of starters is more meaningful in the back seven, where the first unit will stay on the field longer than up front.

"Nothing takes more enegy than rushing the passer,'' he said. "It's a relentless fight that the guys go through. That's why those guys need a break. When you lose your tank, it's empty. If it's empty, it's empty. So you try to forecast (how long) they last.''

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Posted by jim in eureka cal

2:53 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Ty may keep his job - and if he does, it will be because of Donatell and Locker

Posted by jh

2:58 PM, Aug 11, 2008

...maybe someone else would like to take a shot at this question...

...from "Why is Oklahoma's Sam Bradford not considered an All-America-caliber quarterback? He set an NCAA freshman record with 36 touchdown passes and also led the nation in pass efficiency, even higher than Heisman winner Tim Tebow. If you can find any logical explanation, tell me."...

Posted by Jason

3:01 PM, Aug 11, 2008

No idea. I was shocked to not see Bradford listed there either.

On a brighter note, I think it's pretty cool that CFN has Jake as the #1 fantasy college football player in the Pac-10.

Posted by jh

3:05 PM, Aug 11, 2008

...are y'all aware that BYU has won 16 straight conference games and returns practically its entire offense?...

Posted by verasoie

3:08 PM, Aug 11, 2008

As a Duck fan, this sounds like a brilliant plan, as this means the Husky D-line will get killed when Oregon runs a no-huddle offense since the defense won't have a chance to substitute.

Posted by Sittingdawg

3:09 PM, Aug 11, 2008

BYU is a very, very good team. I'm glad they're coming to Husky stadium, along with Oklahoma and Notre Dame. It would be really great if we can win 2 of those, because those are 3 tough teams.

Posted by jh

3:09 PM, Aug 11, 2008

...and that Oregon is...well...Oregon?...

Posted by Jason

3:10 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Oregon sucks.

Posted by old timer

3:12 PM, Aug 11, 2008

When Donatell talks about rotating defensive linemen that makes me wonder if some of the true freshmen are going to get some playing time.

Posted by 2003 dawg

3:13 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Nobody denies BYU is a great team.

Although they bring back nearly there entire offense - they bring back nearly none of there defense.

It's going to be a classic high scoring college football game.

Posted by Sittingdawg

3:13 PM, Aug 11, 2008

That worked really well last year, against UW and against other opponents. But do you think they'll be able to do the same thing without Dixon, with relatively inexperienced quarterbacks? In August? I'd be mighty impressed with Costa if he steps right into that mold and they run a no-huddle without a lot of false starts and route miscommunications.

Posted by jh

3:15 PM, Aug 11, 2008

...that adds up for me as 0 wins and 3 losses...or will willingham's scintillating coaching and recruiting make up the difference?...

Posted by Caldawg

3:17 PM, Aug 11, 2008

This is a refreshing approach to the D line. Seems very logical. When you think about it you might have one stud on the line, two if you are a USC. I think the difference between the next six or seven guys is probably not readily noticeable. And if a guy is fresh he is going to play at a higher level. This defense is going to be fun to watch and surpise a lot of fans. Go Dawgs. About 19 days until the duck plucking begins our 8 win season.

Posted by Sittingdawg

3:22 PM, Aug 11, 2008

I'm not surprised you think that, JH. The first two might well both be losses, but I think UW will beat Notre Dame. ;) ND's chances depend on Locker getting hurt/not playing.

BYU will be a really, really good game to watch. I'll definitely be there. A coin flip, if you ask me. I think BYU is a LOT better than Notre Dame. Not a dig, just my opinion.

Posted by truck72

3:32 PM, Aug 11, 2008


Posted by verasoie

3:48 PM, Aug 11, 2008


One way of answering your question is to ask "Will the Ducks abandon an offensive scheme (no-huddle) that worked exceptionally well for them last year?"

You make a good point wondering about how well they'll execute it with a new QB, but IMHO it's almost a certainty that they'll stick with it

Isn't WSU switching to a spread offense too? Any word if that'll include no-huddle?

Posted by jh needs an off button

4:07 PM, Aug 11, 2008

jh, do you ever shut up?

Posted by triple O.G.

5:29 PM, Aug 11, 2008

your D-Line still won't be able to stop the *ucks.

another 0-3 year in the NW for the dawgs.

Posted by brockmandawg

6:48 AM, Aug 12, 2008


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