VIDEO: Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski talks Tuesday before the Utah State Aggies come to Husky Stadium Saturday

Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowksi talked Tuesday about takeaways from the 49-0 win over Sacramento State, Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton and the special problems he’ll present to Washington’s defense - now working on a string of six-straight shutout quarters.

On the six-consecutive shutout quarters “Yeah, we’re excited about the shutout. After two games I think we’re coming along like we thought we would. We just need to keep getting better everyday, and it’s not going to get any easier.”

 

On if starting slow on the first drive and picking it up as adjustments are made is standard progression for defenses “Definitely they settled down. I think the guys’ performance anxiety is high and sometimes they’re just a little bit out of position because they’re over-pursuing or over-dropping or whatever the case may be. For whatever reason it seems like it takes a minute for these guys to settle down and just get in the flow of the game.”

 

On Kevin King “Where he’s a big time advantage for us is when we go to nickel and we’ve got him on the slot. Most slots are smaller guys and his length can really smother those guys. We’ll play any type of man coverage; he can really lock those guys down. It makes the quarterback’s read that much harder and helps the pass rush.”

 

On the challenge Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton presents “First of all, he’s just a great competitor. The guy just keeps coming at you and he’s going to find ways to make plays, whether it’s with his arm, whether he has to buy time and extend the play, or if he’s running the ball in the run game. He’s a guy we’ve got to do a good job of getting off blocks and have great leverage on him and we’ve got to get more than one guy around him to tackle him because he’s a good enough athlete that he makes guys miss.”


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