After hearing from Coach Willingham earlier this morning we got a little time with each coordinator this afternoon.
A few highlights from each:
FROM OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR TIM LAPPANO
*The team won't be able to "bang three straight" practices like they did during the last bye week. The team will try for a mix of improvement through practices, but also allowing time for the team to heal as mid-season nears.
* Cody Bruns and Terrance Dailey both wanted to play. Lappano is an easy-going guy, great with the media and a resource of information that all Husky fans should be thankful for ... but he was clearly displeased with some of the criticism that has come after the Huskies played their 11th and 12th true freshmen of the season. (However, contrary to what he said Saturday, today he seemed to imply that true freshman receiver Anthony Boyles won't play this season.) He said Bruns and Dailey both earned their playing time, both probably would have played earlier if not for injury, and that Dailey could be in the mix for the starting job against Oregon State ... even if all the tailbacks are healthy. "These guys came here to play early," Lappano said. "That's why they're here."
* Said that Michael Gottlieb's strong play has resulted in less time and fewer catches for true freshman tight end Kavario Middleton.
* Said the teams running troubles are a combination of the offensive line not knocking defenses off the ball as well as expected, along with young running backs who need to improve their vision and their decision-making when reading blocks.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR ED DONATELL
* Defended his defense against Arizona charges that they quit Saturday, saying "We don't have those kinds of kids here." However, he recognized the comment as an indictment, and said that he wants his defense to so obviously not quit that no one would think such a thing, and in fact where opponents would marvel at how hard the defense continued to play.
* Said he is pleased with the play of safety Nate Williams, especially considering he's lined up with different secondary personnel every week.