UW’s Chris Petersen on Chico McClatcher, NFL protests, Oregon State, kicking game and more

Washington coach Chris Petersen had his weekly press conference Monday and reviewed the Huskies’ victory at Colorado and looked ahead to Saturday’s game at Oregon State.

Washington coach Chris Petersen has his weekly press conference Monday and reviewed the Huskies’ victory at Colorado and looked ahead to Saturday’s game at Oregon State:

(Opening) “Well, looking at the tape I thought our guys did a great job. Kind of everything I said after the game. Colorado started fast, kind of weathered the storm and settled down on defense and played really good defense, and then in the second half got a little more going in the run game. Did what we needed to win. I thought some individuals made some really, really good plays, and you could see those guys stepping up and getting better. It was awesome to see Quinten Pounds make a catch like that. I’ve seen him make some big plays in practice and you could kind of feel him coming on, it was good to get confidence in the game and see him play like that in a game. Thought Vita Vea was playing at a really, really high level — not only on special teams but on defense. Myles Bryant doing a good job, Jordan Miller getting two interceptions, there’s just a lot of guys playing good. I thought our offensive line played well.

“So, yeah, it was a good game, a good game to build on. So we move forward.”

(On the slow start) “Everybody is trying to figure out how to start fast. No one wants to come out there and it’s a little like turnovers. I don’t really have the answer there. We’d like to start faster for sure. Two out of the four game we’ve kind of started out fast but this one we didn’t. Maybe it had something to do with being on the road, I don’t know, and emotions being different. I don’t know. But we’ll continue to pay attention to it and try and figure that out.”

(Did you sense the run game was coming?) “I think the run game, like I keep saying it, the run game is not always pretty. You need all those guys on the same page and when they are on the same page and block it pretty clean the running back still has to make somebody miss to get something done. And Myles is usually pretty good at that. And we’ve got to call enough runs – I think this is the game where we called the most amount of runs. You start to get into that rhythm. There’s multiple factors, but I think we took a step.”

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