Fall Camp Day Two - Smith talks improvements

Washington Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Smith spoke Tuesday afternoon to the press after the Huskies' second day of fall camp, held Monday at the east field next to Husky Stadium.

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On the mandate for the offseason - “We wanted to build on what we had improved on for the year, for sure. I think we have a better idea of what we’re working with compared to what we did starting out a year ago. So we know what those guys’ strengths are and build on those strengths, establish some depth - and we’re working on that for sure - but the ability to run the ball and throw the ball and improve on both areas, and we did throughout the year, again take that next step.”

Statistically it looked like an improvement the last three games. Did it feel that way in the room? - “It felt like we had some improvement there for sure. It felt like we got a little momentum going toward the end of the year. But it’s a fresh year. We’re trying to build on that and we’ve got some new guys doing it but returning players as well. It’s just back to work.”

What’s your experience with coach Tedford been like? - “It’s been really good. I knew coach Tedford a little bit just through competing and being in the business for a while. Actually I spent some time individually with him before back in the day. It’s been great having another set of eyes. He’s been through a lot on the offensive end and has developed with working with players, so the daily conversations we’ve been having have been awesome.”

What are you working with him specifically? - “Everything. He’s observant. He gives his opinions. If we’ve got a couple ways of doing things and trying to decide on something for sure he’s chiming in on that. He’s got perspective at all positions on offense, definitely with some quarterback experience. All that has been good.”

On putting more on guys’ plates this year - “You’ve got more confidence because they’ve been around it, you put more on their plate. Ask a little bit more of the quarterback, ask a little bit more of every position for that matter. At the same time you don’t want to get too far away from what you’ve been doing, what they’ve known, so you get a little bit better at what you’re doing. But yeah, you’re more confident, put a little bit more on their plates.”

On competing against that defense and making it tough for the offense - “Yeah. Some of that is putting pads on and feeling like we can do some stuff when we’re not just tagging off. But there’s no question that’s a challenge. That group on the other side is a challenge, day-in and day-out. But at the same time we have to build and battle back. We’ve got some success, we’ve got to get some more and be able to finish some drives like what you’re describing at the end of practice.”

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