Here's what Huskies offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said today about Troy Williams and trying to get the running game going. Sounds like the Huskies might be getting creative there, with Smith mentioning John Ross and Shaq Thompson as possibilities out of the backfield. Dwayne Washington is day to day this week with a chest injury, and backup Lavon Coleman is banged up, too, though Chris Petersen said Monday he thought he was moving pretty well at practice.
(On Oregon game after seeing film) “I thought in general, start with the run game, wasn’t there. They’ve got a couple of guys up front that made it hard on us. Didn’t execute very well there. Obviously the turnover at the end of the half was a total momentum changer. And we’ve got to be more effective in the red zone.”
(On not being able to run the ball) “It’s tough. Guys got to just step up. Next guy, we feel like we’ve got some guys in the program that can run the ball, and it’s an 11-man effort. It’s just not all on an injured back. We’ve got the next guy to step up and then other guys got to raise their level of play in the run game, then we’ve got to help things in the pass game to be able to execute, but we’ve got to be able to run the ball.”
(On different options there like John Ross or Shaq Thompson) “We’re looking at a couple different formulas, whether it’s like you said, Shaq, John, different formations maybe a little bit. We’re making an effort for that this weekend.”
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(Any update on Cyler Miles?) “He’s just day to day.”
(How has Troy Williams been this week?) “Solid. I thought his effort really the last month in practice has been good. He’s continued that, and Jeff’s (Lindquist) getting some turns out there as well. We like where they’re at.”
(Where has Williams improved?) “I think in regards to just taking care of the ball a little bit better, turnover issues. I think he’s understanding and throwing the ball really accurately, Troy is.”
(What is he gaining by taking first-team reps this week?) “There’s a benefit any time you go on first team. I thought just getting in the game and having a series, and the series he was in, I don’t remember exactly, 10, 12-play drive, I think that’s a huge benefit for a guy moving forward.”
(More on taking care of the ball) “That was the little bit of the slight edge that we thought Jeff brought in the first game. We really were pleased Troy created some offense with his arm, really has some arm talent, and that showed the last month.”