VIDEO: Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski talks USC Trojans

Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski spoke to the media Sunday as the Huskies continue to prepare to travel to Los Angeles for their Thursday night game against the USC Trojans. Kwiatkowski spoke about trying to keep pace with the calls and substitutions as they expect a lot of Steve Sarkisian's up-tempo Trojan attack.

On what USC tries to do offensively “They like to start fast, play with tempo, and then they settle into their game plan. It’s run the ball, take shots, and spread it around to their wide receivers. They’re really balanced and they’ve got some really good skill guys.”


On if this will be the fastest tempo team they’ve played “Yeah, they mix it up, but they run that real fast tempo and they’ll just keep running plays within 10, 12, 14 seconds. They mix it up, but when they go fast, they go fast.”


On what kind of challenge an up-tempo offense causes “It’s just getting the call, seeing the numbers and formation, getting lined up, and then executing. When teams go tempo it adds stress. The guys have got to get their eyes right, from the sideline to the formation, and then they’ve got to be able to execute.”


On how a fast tempo offense makes it hard to substitute “You’ve got to be careful how you sub. When they do that they aren’t subbing, so we can’t sub.”


On if it’s as hard to adjust now to the fast tempo compared to a couple of years ago “I think everybody’s a little more used to it, because when teams are going with that tempo you’re stuck with who you’ve got on the field. Whether it’s a base or a sub-package you’ve got to roll with those guys until they go out of bounds on their sideline or something. They sub and then you can roll your d-linemen or get into a different personnel group. That’s the challenge besides the fact they’ve got to get their eyes to the sideline. They’ve got get the call, they’ve got to find the ball, and then they’ve got to see the formation. There’s a lot of moving parts there and when it’s happening they’ve got to process fast.”


On if the Trojan offense looks similar to the Husky offense under Steve Sarkisian a couple years ago “There’s a little bit of that, but it’s a combination of that and what they did in the bowl game we played them before they went up-tempo. There’s a lot more pro-style stuff. They’re max protecting and taking shots and that type of stuff.”


On if they look back at film of the Huskies under coach Sarkisian “No. You’re teaching the kids to be aware of the looks but they game plan so they’re going to have different formations, they’re going to have different motions, they’re going to have different looks, but at the end of the fay they’re going to run the ball and they’re going to pick and choose their opportunities to take shots, and get the ball into their athletes’ hands.”


On Adoree Jackson “Our guys need to be aware when he’s in the game, because when he’s in the game he’s in the game for a reason. He’s very dynamic with it, but at the same time they’ll put him in and use him as a decoy too. They’ll set up some other things because they know we know he’s in the game.” Top Stories