VIDEO: Washington Defensive Backs Coach Jimmy Lake Tuesday Briefing - Arizona State Sun Devils

Dawgman.com spoke Tuesday with Washington Defensive Backs Coach Jimmy Lake about the secondary, life without Budda Baker and whether there's a chance the Huskies might have Baker available Saturday when they travel to play Arizona State.

On Arizona State’s running backs “Two big, physical running backs. They feed them the ball. They have a really unique scheme where you don’t know where the ball is at times. Sometimes they put both guys back there. You don’t know if four (Demario Richard) is going to get it. You don’t know if number nine (Kalen Ballage) is going to get it. They also have (D.J.) Foster who is a former running back; now he’s a wide receiver. They’ll hand him the ball. This is a tough running attack. And then after those guys get done pounding the quarterback will keep it. This is a very, very efficient offense and it’s a tough running attack to stop.”

 

On Arizona State’s receivers “Very talented receivers that have played a lot of football, junior and senior laden team. This is a really talented football team; don’t let their record make you think this is not a good football team. This is a very talented football team. Receivers, their tight ends, their quarterbacks, their running backs, their o-line has played a lot of football. A lot of juniors and seniors. It’s really going to be one of the more talented offenses we’ve played all year long.”

 

On if turnovers are a point of emphasis this week “Turnovers, that’s every week, it doesn’t matter really who you’re playing. We know if we can create some turnovers we’re going to win the football game. They’ve done a good job of protecting the ball. They’ve thrown a few interceptions here and there, but they’re very efficient with the football. I think (Mike) Bercovici throws a really nice ball, has a quick release; he’s on point. We’re definitely going to have to make some plays on the football to try to get it back from him. And the running backs don’t lay it on the ground too much. So we’re going to have to make sure we do a good job of hunting packs and try to strip the ball out when we can.”

 

On takeaways from the Utah game “There were a lot of really good things, really a lot of good things. I think for the most part we slowed them down in terms of yardage wise. We got obviously put in some really bad situations, had some short fields to cover, and you would hope that we would step up and hold them to field goal attempts, which we did a couple of times. But they scored a few touchdowns too. Really, I think at the end of the day it was an overall good performance, but if it was a great performance we would have come out with a win.”

 

On Budda Baker “Day-to-day. He’s as tough as they come. Hopefully we’ll get him back for game day.”


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