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Monday, September 05, 2011

Washington Previews

Okay, one more Colorado article before we move onto Washington, because this is a good one. B.G. Brooks of CUBuffs.com talks to Colorado defensive coordinator Greg Brown about what surprised him during the game.
Still, Brown and his defensive staff believe if containment is kept and assignments followed, Moniz can be neutralized. After all, in CU's eventually lopsided (31-13) win a year ago in Boulder, Moniz ran six times for minus-5 yards. He was a run-and-shoot QB first, a passer by choice.

But on UH's first possession of Saturday night's second quarter, which has the Warriors at their own 43-yard line, Moniz takes the center snap, sticks the ball in the belly of tailback Joey Isofea, reads the Buffs linebackers, then deftly pulls the ball back and runs virtually untouched for a 57-yard touchdown.

Brown blinks . . . and blinks again.

Zone read option?

Lots of great quotes in that article. Good stuff.


There are quite a few Washington Huskies-related blogs which will have a lot of news leading up to the game. I probably won't be able to keep up. Here they are:

The Seattle Times' Husky Football Blog

The News Tribune's UW Huskies Insider Blog

Seattle P-I Huskies Blog

Dawg Blawg: Official Washington Huskies Athletics Blog

UW Dawg Pound: SB Nation Blog

The Husky Haul blog


After barely getting by Eastern Washington and their 473 passing yards, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian hopes his team doesn't let Hawaii do the same.
Moniz manages the Warriors' run-and-shoot offense, presenting Washington with a second consecutive opponent that will spend most of the day spreading it out with four receivers or more.
"They could become very similar (to Eastern) if we allow the game to go that way,'' Sarkisian said. "Hopefully we can get them out of that mold of dinking and dunking their way down the field.''
Dinking and dunking. He's expecting about 60 dinks and dunks this Saturday.
"It's only going to get more challenging," Sarkisian said. "We will probably see another 60 pass attempts from Hawaii so we better figure it out."
Actually, he does give UH lots of props in today's press conference. Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times has a transcript.
"...Last year, they had a veteran group of wide receivers and he got into that system and played a very fast, mentally fast, brand of football where the ball was out, the anticipation was there and he's an accurate passer. This year they are breaking in some new guys at the wide receiver spot, why he pulled the down a little bit more last week, I don't know. Maybe the sync - they weren't quite there yet. But they will get there. He's too good of a quarterback and they are too good of coaches not to get there.''
Sarkisian also talks about his offensive line matching up against the UH defense.
"These guys get after the quarterback, so the game's going to start there and it's going to be a real challenge for our offensive line," Sarkisian said. "They need to respond. We didn't play real well last week, not up to the standards of the University of Washington that's for sure."

The Huskies do have second-year players who are starting on the offensive line, so Sarkisian didn't know what to expect going into the first game. But after what he saw and didn't like to open the season, expect them to be more motivated against Hawaii or there may end up being changes along the line.
Condotta must be a fast typist -- he also has a transcript from Sarkisian's radio show.

GoHuskies.com has a game preview and some game info.
The Washington-Hawai'i game will air live to a regional audience on ROOT Sports television (formerly FSN Northwest) with Tom Glasgow, former Husky and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, Jason Stiles and Jen Mueller providing the commentary.
I'm sure Moon will provide some run-and-shoot insight.

And UW Huskies Insider has UH's weekly press release before UH does. It'll probably be on HawaiiAthletics.com tomorrow morning.


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