Ikaika Malloe loves the DL flexibility

Washington Defensive Line Coach Ikaika Malloe spoke Monday afternoon to the press after the Huskies' eighth day of fall camp, held inside Husky Stadium.

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On Damion Turpin “He has been a leader for our group. It’s something Coach Petersen pushes all along; you don’t have to be a starter. You don’t have to be a senior. We want leadership all throughout and that’s what (Damion) Turpin has done for us. He’s been up front. He learns all positions. He’s able to teach the young guys and able to do what he needs to do on the field. He’s been a huge success for us.”
On the importance of having guys who can play multiple position “It’s huge, not only so that we can move them from position to position, but it gives them the benefit to learn what else is going on around them, from a linebacker perspective and sometimes from a DB perspective. Knowing if it's man coverage and we need to get there a little bit quicker or zone coverage and we have some over hangs and can take some shots. For those guys it’s been really beneficial for us and I think it will pay off during the season.”
Would you rather have three clear cut starters or a stacked rotation “The depth and versatility is almost a must nowadays with the no huddle offense. The tempo of the game has really picked up and not even substituting. So we want to be able to rotate as much as we can and see how fresh we can be, get guys who can go full speed play after play, and hopefully yin the fourth quarter we can be fresh and can finish it out.”
On Jaylen Johnson replacing Tani Tupuo “Right now in our seating chart, you’re right, Jaylen (Johnson) is running with the ones. He had a great spring. He put on some weight so he added some physicality to his game. He already had the athleticism, so for us we’re trying to piece together and kind of fill Tani (Tupuo)’s roll. Right now Jaylen is on the speed side and hopefully we can get Bow (Shane Bowman) and Vita (Vea) to finish off the physical side.”
Is there an ideal body size for a defensive lineman? “It’s kind of where you’re body is naturally at. We would like to get them as big as we can, but not lose athleticism. That’s really Coach Socha’s area of expertise and he’s done a great job. He’s put on good weight so they can be more physical, have some more weight behind them, but not lose their quickness and versatility.”
On the redshirt freshman “For the younger guys, you have Jason Scrempos. He’s going to start off at the end. He’s actually learning all three as well. Like you said. He missed spring and now he’s back. So he’s really competing to get into that rotation. Jared Pulu is in the same spot as well. He’s having a good camp so far. The other names you’ll see are Ricky McCoy and John Clark. Those guys are really battling on the inside. They two are starting to learn the outside. The more knowledge they have the more ready they can be to get on the field.”
What have you seen from Levi Onwuzurike? “What we saw on film. He’s brought the quickness to his game. He’s actually put on more weight already. It’s a typical freshman thing where he’s starting to adapt to the program, starting to learn the package. It can be overwhelming to some freshman. But once he gets settled in and he knows and understands where he’s going and what he’s doing I think everybody will expect to see what we saw on the film in the highlights.”
What’s the hardest part for freshman to pick up on? “Really having the mentality you have to compete every single week, from one game getting over it and the next game keeping your body healthy and being able to compete again at a high elite level the next week. That’s the advantage and disadvantage of being in the PAC-12. The advantage is you have elite teams, but the disadvantage is you have to bring your ‘a-game’ every single week. Consistency in terms of health, physicality, and mental toughness is pretty much the people that are going to be on top of the PAC-12.”
Do you do hockey shifts or mix and match? “A little of both. We have some days that we’ll do those types of hockey rotations and we have some days we want to mix and match. We’re trying to just feel them out and see where we can put them in certain situations. Can they be an all down type package or can they be a specific type package? We’ll keep playing around with it in the fall and see what we come up with."

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