Coaches' Quotes - Arizona

Scott Woodward (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Scott Woodward was on the other end of this game - five years ago. The former LSU employee watched from the sidelines of Arizona Stadium as the Tigers routed Arizona 59-13. He was on the losing end Saturday night, as Washington got pounded by the 'Cats 48-14. Here's what Woodward, as well as the UW coaches, had to say.

Head Coach Tyrone Willingham:
On tonight's difficult game: "It was just that, a difficult game. We couldn't get anything going offensively. We started out in a hole with bad field positions and then some untimely turnovers. We just couldn't recover after such a bad start."

On Cody Bruns and burning his redshirt: "I don't think you look at it like that. The young man is going to play a lot of football for us, and that's a good thing. It's going to be a debate, and we'll let them debate. I made a decision to put him in."

On Terrance Dailey and the same decision (redshirt): "I thought this young man is coming along and I told our football team that. And I think he's approaching being maybe close to being our better back right now."

On possibly taking the wind to start out: "I thought it was better to take the ball and try to get ourselves going."

On Ronnie Fouch's performance: "I thought he played OK. It's tough for a freshman to step up, especially on the road. I can't say he was the reason for tonight's outcome."

On injuries: "Brandon Johnson had a hip pointer in the first half. Tried to come back and couldn't do it. Nate Williams left with back spasms and tried to come back but didn't come back after we took him out in the third or fourth quarter."

On D'Andre Goodwin and limited action: "We anticipated that. Maybe shouldn't even got the couple plays that he did."

Is this the best this team can play?: "No. We can play better. We can do a better job of holding onto the ball. We can execute better on third down. We can do a lot of things better. We obviously had a very poor showing here."

On bye week like the last one: "We'll look at it."

On shielding kids from attention toward his job status: "We never try and shield the kids, that's something you can't do. The modern-day kid is part of this communication age, he's going to hear it, he's going to see it. You have to deal with it. We all have to grow. The number-one thing they have to do is come to the field and give their best effort.

On criticisms being unfair: "I'll let others do that."

On being able to turn this around: "I think I can. A turnaround would be getting a win. I still think that's what it is. That's what you still have to do. You have to get a win."

Offensive Coordinator Tim Lappano:
On the gameplan: "We wanted to get the ball out of Ronnie's hands quick. They had two good ends that got after us the whole game. I thought he played decent. Give him some time and he made some nice throws. But we weren't able to knock them off the football. I thought we could knock them off the ball. I knew they would get on our edge a little bit, but I thought we could knock 'em off the ball. To give Ronnie the best chance to win, we have to find a way to run the football."

On Fouch: "He's good enough to win with. He threw some nice balls into some tough situations. That wasn't easy."

On doing what he wants to do with so much youth and injury: "It's what we have. There's not much we can do. We had all freshmen receivers tonight, we had freshmen running backs. All we can do is coach them up fundamentally. They are young and they just need to keep getting coached. I don't know what else to tell you."

On using Dailey and Bruns and that being a hard decision to burn their redshirts: "We're going to need them because we have so many guys beat up. And that's not going to change. We have seven games left and it's going to be physical the whole way. It wasn't hard for me at all because we're going to need them. Terrance Dailey gives us a little spark. He ran the ball up in there hard. He's got a little bit of juice. Was he perfect? No. But he did have a couple nice runs for the first time he played. We decided we needed to get him going."

On Boyles being the last guy: "Yeah, we'll see. He's still not quite ready yet, but we've brought him for him to get a feel for what it's all about. He's be next. And we're going to use all of them."

On burning redshirts: "These guys came to Washington to play, and play early."

On Jake Locker's contribution: "He always sits with Ronnie. Just being down here does not hurt and it doesn't hurt Ronnie."

On the effort: "It was tough. We can't even win a toss. We wanted to put them into wind, and we lose the toss, they put us into the wind and now we're into a hole."

On how all of this is affecting the coaches: "It's sickening. We all know the deal. We have seven games. You have to coach as hard as you can, coach fundamentals and let 'em keep playing and some are going to get better."

On the bye week: "It never hurts. We're beat up. Paul Homer was hurt, Luke Kravitz is hurt. D'Andre tried to play, he went in for a play and he snuck in. I was kind of pissed about that."

Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell:
On Rob Gronkowski: "We knew he was coming back and knew he was a good player. He got down the middle on us when he shouldn't have and we had help over the top. That's a play we shouldn't give up. When we learn to see better those things won't happen. And he made a couple of plays in the red zone that he's been making against everybody. We didn't react to the speed and sudden-ness of the inside moves. We knew they were coming. We didn't make them."

On the young DL reading and reacting and how do you help them: "You said how do we, and we haven't done that yet. It's a good question and we're going to find a way. These kids are good, hard-working kids and they are somebody's kids, and they deserve some success - and we want it to happen sooner, rather than later."

On the effort: "I don't know. I'll get that on the movie. I wanted to have us rise up and stop 'em a few times on third down toward the end. This game was really in the first quarter. They had the wind side and they pinned us in there and we couldn't get anything going. So they built a little lead and had an advantage."

On getting a deficit early and how hard that is on a defense: "It's hard on any defense any time. I hate to use the word young because we're out here and everyone knows there's a little inexperience on the defense. We'll just keep working and you'll look up and less mistakes and plays will start to be made. But it adds to the stress of it. Nate Williams, when he goes down, that adds to the stress."

On Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: "All streaks come to an end. It (sack) wasn't going to come from a blitz. It was going to come from guys working. And he works all the time."

Washington AD Scott Woodward:
On making a move mid-season: "It's obvious. It's stability. You don't want your team orphaned. It's not good. It's a bad situation. I don't think it's a great philosophy to make a firing in the middle of the season. I just don't believe in it. We have class in this program. We have integrity. Coach Willingham is coaching as hard as he can and the players are playing hard. They didn't play well, but I didn't see quit. I didn't see bad dissension. But it's not good. I don't want to sugar-coat it. It's not good."

On not imagining this: "You try and prepare for everything. I try to wax philosophically about things and life is cyclical. I was here in 2003 when LSU wiped Arizona off the field and we won a national championship. And here I am today and I'm feeling pretty damn low. I don't know if there are any answers. It's the way life is - there are ups and downs and highs and lows. I don't have much more to say but that."

On making a move changing the conversation: "What would that do to a student-athlete? It's not good for them, it's not in their best interests. They have a lot more going on than just what happens on Saturday afternoons and Saturday nights. A lot of that is important. Coach Willingham's leadership and ability to help these young men through is important. This part of it is very important and competition is a key value we believe in, but we'll assess that at the right time.

On Willingham wanting to coach the last seven games: "I would be shocked if he doesn't. I've been shocked before."

On feelings having changed from last week to this week: "Oh yeah. I'm less happy. That says it all, I think. 0-5 is 0-5 and 48-14 is 48-14. There's just no other way of saying it. But we have seven games to play and miracles happen."

On feeling comfortable asking Husky fans to come to Husky Stadium for the OSU game: "Sure. I think the kids are going to play their hearts out and the team is going to compete. That's my hope."

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