UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano regularly meets with the media on Tuesdays, and it's regularly fascinating.
This week, he said he expects UCLA's defense to be vastly different from the Fresno defense of last week that had great success in stopping the UW running game. Fresno was a bulky power defense, whereas the Bruins use speed and quickness ... much like the UW defense that the offense practices against ever day.
We'll look at that issue in more detail as part of our Husky coverage in the Wednesday newspaper.
But now, some other interesting tidbits from Lappano.
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On Jake Locker: "He's got a little gym rat in him. He likes the film room and he likes to break down the defense. We've taught him how to watch film, what to look for. He has a little notebook that he takes notes on and watches. He's learning how to be a student of the game right now, which is what we need at that position. … He's pretty sharp. He sees a lot of good things for a kid his age. I'll ask him, 'What do you think some of the weaknesses are with these guys,' and he'll come up with some pretty good stuff."
(Lappano added that Locker and Carl Bonnell are getting the vast majority of second-team and scout-team reps right now. What of Johnny DuRocher: "He's got to watch right now. We can't get them all reps.")
On the receivers running routes: "I think all of our receivers need to separate a little bit more from the defenders. … If we do that, it makes it a little bit easier to throw the football. (He pointed out that Marcel Reece made a big catch against Fresno despite running the wrong route because he ran it aggressively.)
On receivers dropping passes: "I wasn't real happy about four to five drops – and that's being fair. That wasn't something that has shown up here. It didn't show up in training camp too much. … We're not like that, and we've got to get that cleaned up. We can't drop four to five balls every game. That kills drives. (cost 10-12 plays can't do with the clock shorting maybe 15 too) When you drops third-and-mediums and get the punter out there, you're just killing yourself.
On increased playing time for Quintin Daniels: "Quintin Daniels is physical and he brings a lot to the table in our run game on the peremiter. He's had a couple of knockdowns in that game where he's gone in and knocked the safety on his tail. We like that. We like physical receivers. We like guys who like to compete, and those guys play."