UW senior defensive end Greyson Gunheim said that coaches and upperclassmen led a team meeting this week after giving up 55 points and near-record rushing yardage to Oregon on Saturday.
The main topic, he said, was each player doing his own job only, and trusting the other 10 guys to handle their own assignments.
"We're disappointed with how many yards they got and what they did, Gunheim said. "It really kind of made our defense learn that you have to stick to your responsibility and not worry about what everybody else is doing. You can't try to make too big of a play or try to do something extra because it's just going to mess you up and mess everybody else up. With Oregon, when they do the option stuff, you can't be looking for the ball ... just doing your responsibility. After looking at the film of our game, people were trying to look for the ball and do too much.
"After watching that the seniors are just fed up with how our year has been going and fed up with losing. We know what to do and how to fix it to be able to win, so we were talking to the young guys and just everybody to come together and trust one another."
Gunheim admitted that such meetings aren't likely to transform everything instantly, but he hopes an important message got through.
"Probably not right away everything's going to be fixed," he said. "But you could definitely tell that the attitude of our team has definitely changed. It's kind of getting on each other. It's sometimes better to hear it from other players than just the coaches."
A couple of other Monday notes: Linebacker Donald Butler is expected to miss at least two weeks with a knee injury. However, fullback Luke Kravitz, who left the Oregon game with a stinger, is expected to be available. ... Redshirt freshman Derek Kosub of Reno, Nev., is no longer listed on the UW roster and has apparently left the team.