VIDEO: Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski Tuesday Media Briefing - Arizona State Sun Devils spoke Tuesday with Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, and he broke down what went wrong in the Huskies' 34-23 loss to Utah, and what he expects to see from Arizona State as UW travels to Tempe, Ariz. to play the Sun Devils Saturday at Noon.

On Arizona State’s offense being similar to Utah State “Yeah, Utah State. The team we just played, Utah, they’re similar. One back sets, two back sets. Their quarterback can run it a little bit and they have really good backs.”


On if Arizona State throws to their backs more than other teams “Not more than any other team. They definitely want to run the ball. They start to run the ball and then play action after that and get the ball down field to their pretty talented wide outs.”


On if the team has highlighted Arizona State’s 22 fumbles (only 9 lost) and want to target that “If we can create turnovers it changes everything as far as momentum, field position, and if we can do that right from the get go that would be awesome.”


On if he saw missed tackles as a problem against Utah “Yeah, in the second half, definitely at the end of the game there. A couple of their touchdowns were off where we had them and then missed them.”


On how much missing Elijah Qualls and Budda Baker contributed to tackling trouble “I don’t know. I just know those guys have made those tackles before and we just have to finish. It’s an emphasis and for whatever reason we haven’t made those plays.”


On Greg Gaines “He’s been playing really well and solid. Like any young guy as a coach you’re always worried about them feeling too big for their britches. He’s got to keep working to get better. What he’s done in the past is in the past and now this week is a huge challenge for him.”


On if he was surprised by the missed tackles because the staff has emphasized it so much “Yeah, I mean it’s just they made plays and we didn’t. That’s the bottom line. We work the tackling drills and emphasize tackling low around the thighs. It comes back to honoring your leverage. To do that you have to take the space, you have to bend your knees, you have to have your eyes in the right place, and you have to finish. They’ve got good players too, but at the end of the day we have to execute when we’re supposed to.”


On the biggest challenge with ASU “The run game. Their backs are big, physical backs, both of them. Their o-line is big and everything starts with the run game. How we go upfront is how we fit and how we play the run, obviously the front seven but especially our d-tackles. The more active, the more physical they are two-gapping, getting knockoff, and playing with good edges, we’re pretty good. At the end of the fay, when the ball does break through we have to have great leverage on the perimeter, keep the ball in the chute, and then we have to get them down so we can line back up.”


On what teams have done to limit Mike Bercovici's effectiveness “Teams mixing up coverages on him, playing tighter coverage. The window’s got to be tight. The ball’s got to be right there. The receiver has to be able to create separation. I don’t think there’s one magic thing that anyone has done; I think it’s just a combination of getting some good pass rush, playing tight coverage, and mixing coverages.”


On if ASU ever relies on Mike Bercovici to  make plays with his legs, especially later in games “Yeah. Not as a whole, because they have really good backs. But critical situations, for sure. Just like (Travis) Wilson. They’re pounding the ball, pounding the ball, pounding the ball, and all of a sudden you take your eyes off where they’re supposed to be and you over play the dive and you’re the quarterback player, he pulls it and it’s a big gain.” Top Stories