Coach's Corner: Getting ready for UW

The Wildcats are still suffering from a ton of injuries, but that didn't stop them from giving Oregon all they could handle. This week they try to step it up another notch and upset Washington in Seattle.

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Wildcat coach John Mackovic on the Wildcat defense:
"The whole defense played really hard on Saturday. Oregon came out and ran the power at us similar to what Wisconsin did, and they pounded on us for the first six to 12 plays. The defense was around the ball, and we moved around more than we had in previous games. We had a lot of people flying to the football more the other night. We played a very good offensive team last weekend. Oregon was sharp, and they didn't make a lot of mistakes. But, we definitely had more tackles on, near or behind the line of scrimmage than we've had in any other game this year.

"There were some guys who played well and played hard. Spencer Larsen did a nice job. Young Thompson played real hard in the middle of the line and made some plays, and Gary Love had a really good game. Jason Martin was baptized into college football, and Jarvie Worcester was around the ball a lot."

Talking about freshman linebacker Spencer Larsen:
"Spencer Larsen played quite a bit. We thought that Spencer would play the run well. He is smart, and he is a collision player who plays hard, makes a lot of tackles and gets around the football. He does not get fooled a great deal. Our coaches felt it was a good opportunity for him to get in there and do some things, and he did that."

Jason Johnson is always a topic with Mackovic:
"We need for Jason to play well. He had some great things going the other night. We had a couple of opportunities for big plays, but he didn't get the time to do it. When the score was 31-14, on the very first play out of the box, we had a guy open for a touchdown, and Jason couldn't get to it because Oregon broke through the line. Overall, he did a lot of good things Saturday night."

Bobby Wade had a great game against the Ducks:
"Bobby's performance the other night really was a competitive performance. He caught a lot of balls and picked up extra yardage, which is what you need from a top player. He played at a high level of performance."

Freshman cornerback Jason Martin got a baptism by fire against the talented Ducks:
"He really has quick feet. I think he would be a terrific receiver for us, but that's also what you need at corner. He is a guy who can run with the fastest receivers."

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