VIDEO: UW OC Jonathan Smith - 9/9/15

Washington Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Smith talked to the media Wednesday about improving in all facets of the offense - from playcalling to execution - after the Huskies failed to score a touchdown in UW’s 16-13 loss at Boise State last Friday. Smith also talked about true freshman quarterback Jake Browning’s performance. Browning is the first Husky to ever start a season opener as a true freshman.

On Jake Browning's performance “I thought his poise was good. Overall, his decision-making was okay for his first game. I thought he played pretty hard. There’s definitely some things to clean up, which he saw, especially early in the game. For a first performance in that type of place he played well.”

 

On if Browning’s performance was up to his expectations “I did expect him to play pretty posed. The guy is a steady-Eddie kid. He’s competitive, so I didn’t think he was going to be overwhelmed by the moment and he wasn’t.”

 

On how much harder it is to call plays when the run game isn’t there “Everything is easier when you run the ball. But at the same time you can’t just bang your head into some walls. If that’s not being effective you find some other answers. That’s part of the role I’m in, is find some other answers and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

 

On how he can try to stretch the field more “We had about four or five shots called that for whatever reason didn’t end up going downfield. A little bit was the coverage we were seeing. We need to be able to show them we can do that.”

 

On Myles Gaskin playing as a freshman “Well, it’s something to do with being able to find some creases. He has good patience and vision. He really has some good vision when he’s carrying the ball. That’s probably been the most impressive.”

 

On Sacramento State’s defense “They’ve got some guys who can run around and make some plays in the secondary. They’ve got some experience. They play really tough. We’re expecting their best effort. They’ve got some experience in the secondary. That’s a strength of theirs. Their middle linebacker has played a lot of football too. They’ve got some talent over there.”

 

On establishing momentum early “We’ve got to come out and start early, have some early success, and build confidence.

 

On Jake Browning’s response to the loss “I think his approach is back to work. His approach has been good the first couple days.”


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