VIDEO: Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen talks to the media post-game after Washington's 49-0 win over Sacramento State at Husky Stadium

Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen spoke to the media post-game after Washington's 49-0 win Saturday over Sacramento State at Husky Stadium. Petersen talked about the true freshman and their improvement from game one to game two, as well the defensive shutout.

Feel like progress today? - “I think it was. Got off to a slow start, that was not the mission. But again, once they settled in I think that has to do with a little bit of young and a little bit of just confidence. Continue to grow that as the season goes on. But it was progress. They worked really hard in practice and if that can continue we’ll continue to progress. So we’re pleased with that.”

How nice to see a Zero on the board for the defense? - “Yup. I think our defense for the last six quarters has played really well. We put the young guys in in the fourth quarter, put them in a bad situation and kept competing. Game not on the line, that changes things a little bit but still it was nice to get them in there and not have them hit their teammates and see those guys make plays - and they really did. I think they had fun doing it and it was good to see. Interesting to see out there just so many first year players, whether it was true freshmen or redshirt freshmen - at one time I think the whole field was that - and that’s good news. That’s good for the future. If these kids keep working and grinding and all those type of things we’ll progress.

How did Jake Browning progress? - “We have to put the tape on, because there’s a couple things that he’s making a lot harder on himself than he needed to. But you see a kid that can throw it in there, he can do that. And sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good on some of those throws. He’ll settle down and trust his protection a little more and I think he did some good things.”

How big was Myles Gaskin's early contributions to settle the offense down? - “Real important. Myles is a shifty runner. You can see that. A couple times things opened up pretty well and he made a little bit of progress there, and a couple time it wasn’t blocked pretty well and he was still fighting to get some things done. That’s what we’ve seen out of him all fall camp. If you can just keep guys covered up he’s got a knack to be patient. That’s uncharacteristic for a young guy. That’s a little bit of his style. I think we’ll keep building on that.”

What have you seen out of Chico McClatcher? - “Chico is similar to Myles. Both those guys are really shifty, both are kind of physical players for being young guys. Chico’s really a physical player. He’s just on the short side, but extremely physical. And he’s also a unique guy. Is he a running back? Is he a receiver? Is he a sweeper, punt returner…he’s all those things. He’s one of those guys were we have to continue to figure out ways to get the ball to.”

Seen enough out of the frosh to know they’ll be a big part of the plan going forward? - “Yeah. We really don’t have much of a choice in a lot of this. Those are our guys and the handful of veterans that have been around here, those are the guys we’ve got. They are great kids and they’ll keep working hard. With a little luck they stay healthy and progress.”

On attacking the middle of the field with the passing game - “A little bit of progress there. I think we can make more progress as we continue to develop that area of our game. I think as the protection gets better…it’s hard. A couple times when they were blitzing us we didn’t pick it up well. That can spook a young quarterback sometimes. Then we go back to throwing it again and maybe it’s getting out of there a little bit soon and doesn’t really need to. That’s what we need to work on. It’s a hard thing, playing that quarterback position and really trust protection when we make some errors up front and guys are coming free or guys slip off. So it’s a fine balance of when to trust it and when to get out of there and we’re still working through that.”

Prefer this as an opener instead of going on the road to a ranked team? - “I think when you have a young team you’d maybe like those games flipped a little bit. But we don’t control it and I think we gained a lot - I’m hoping - from going over there in a tough environment and a good team. We’ve got a very similar type team coming in next week. We’ve known this for a long time. The two best teams in the Mountain West. We’ve known that for the last handful of years. They’ve done a great job. We better continue to progress or we’ll be in trouble.”

Austin Joyner dinged up on the kickoff? - “Yeah, we’ll have more later on Monday or Tuesday or whenever we talk to you guys again. He didn’t return, so it’s probably not good.”

Couple things noticeably better this week than last week? - “The only thing I can really tell you without putting the tape on is we were able to stay on the field a little bit longer and get a little bit of a rhythm going, the run game, get more plays run. That was better. I thought our defense, once they settled down, because Sac State did a great job of converting those third downs. We did not. We didn’t on fourth down, didn’t convert on third downs…there were like four or five right away, and then that went away. Our defense started settling down and made them punt. So you’d like to start a little bit faster. But once we got warmed up I think we settled down and were able to stay on the field and make plays. It was nice to see the special teams show up again with another blocked kick.”

Did you notice Sac State was seven yards off the line of scrimmage on that kick? - “I didn’t play close attention to that. Sometimes teams will cheat up a little bit; sometimes they put it back. There’s variance, depending on their operation time and the elevation their kicker gets. We didn’t change what we did, we were just coming after it.”

Talk about decision to play Trey Adams - “We need Trey. We need to get these young guys going. He’s going to be a heck of a player. We’re excited about him. We need to get him up to speed. We wanted to play him in the first game but wasn’t quite there. It was good to get it on tape. He’ll continue to grow each week as we give him more and more reps so excited to see him in a game.”

First time playing a true frosh on the OL? - “Yup. First time. Also the first time we’ve had a guy like Trey on the offensive line.”

Why is he so much different, apart from his size? - “Just physically different than a lot of the guys we’ve been around as a true freshman.”

What was your opinion on the improvement of the frosh from game one to game two? - “To really answer that question I’m going to have to watch the tape. I think it was just good for those guys to go out and score some points. It was good for our defense to keep points off the board. Confidence is everything in this game. It really is, so we gained a little confidence today. I know that. We’re going to need that because the next game is going to be significantly different in terms of matchups and those type of things.”

Did the early kickoff contribute to the slow start? - “Nah. I’d like to think so but we’re up every day at the same time. Usually practice is almost over by the time the game kicked off. I don’t think that had much to do with it. I just think it has to do with being a young team and still not being completely dialed into our assignments and being ready to play game speed.”

Looked like Jake was really comfortable in that last two-minute drive of the first half - “That’s a little bit of his game. We need to figure out how to make that his game the whole time. I think you saw it at Boise as well. We’re playing so much better ball when we’re spreading it out and going fast and can see things. Did a great job, practice at it a lot. We got some things done there.”

You’ve said he is a guy that won’t make the same mistake twice. Did he progress that way today? - “I do. I still think we’ve got to work really hard on our pocket presence, trusting protection and knowing when to get out of there. It’s interesting because that’s not really his deal, spinning out of there and making guys miss. It’s unique speed. I’ll use that word - unique. It’s not really fast. Guys over-run him and somehow he gets out of it, but that’s not really his game. But he’s been doing that. If we can keep him in his game, which is pocket-passer, hanging in there, taking some shots and throwing the ball downfield, let’s get him going.”

Do you think Azeem Victor got your message (for his taunting penalty)? - “That is a good question. A lot of times I think guys get my message and some guys get it faster than others. I hope he did. Azeem’s a good kid, he really is. Plays with a lot of emotion and is going to make a lot of plays for us. To compete the way we want to compete it’s hard to keep your poise at all times. We’ll make progress in that area as well.”

What did he do? - “I think he flexed his muscles at a guy.”

Is that automatic that you pull a guy when that happens? - “No, it’s not. We have to be able to see it, what it is, the situation, and all that. We talk a lot about that, and it’s hard. It’s easy for me to sit up here and relax and no one is running me out of bounds or saying something to me. It’s easier said than done, but we’ll get there as well.”

Throw more at Jake and on the offense in general this week? - “Our plan was significantly different. That’s the thing that’s a little bit hard with a different scheme - you have to attack it a different way. That’s the one thing that can be a little unsettling with all these young guys. We worked on the plan for Boise for a while and when you get a completely different scheme you have to put different things in. We’re always trying to carry as much over as we can so we can get those groove calls and those banked reps - but it’s not always going to be like that. Everybody brings a new set of problems and you’ve got to give them a chance to attack it right. It’s that fine line between having these new things in and is it too much mentally? Yeah, it’s the best thing on the chalk board, but can they get it done in our short practice window?”

What was going through your mind when Browning threw that pass to Marvin Hall? - “He had two of them…there were some things going through my mind you guys can probably imagine, and then heck it’s better to be lucky than to be good. And it was good to see Marvin hang in there. Those are hard balls to catch. Those guys do a bazillion ball drills, every kind you can imagine - tipped balls and all those things and hanging in there and making something happen. We’ll have to put it on tape. I don’t know if he should have thrown the ball but Jake’s gonna take some chances throwing the ball into some windows. You can see him do that. A lot of times it very pretty and other times it’s like maybe that ball need to go down to the back. Those are things we’ve got to put on the tape and analyze and he’ll get better at.”

Ever had a freshman QB that could do that? - “I had one like that.”

Does his first name start with a ‘K’? - “It might.”


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