Washington coach Chris Petersen met with the media after practice Thursday in his final interview before Saturday’s home opener against Montana (5 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
Washington coach Chris Petersen met with the media after practice Thursday in his final interview before Saturday’s home opener against Montana (5 p.m., Pac-12 Network). Here’s what he had to say:
(Reviewing Rutgers) “We did some really good things. That if you are not clicking, or all on the same page at one time, it can look not how you want it to. But there were some very good things done there. There was some really good individual play. We didn’t play well as a team, at times. We got off to a slow start obviously on offense, and that, coupled with their style, didn’t give us a chance to really get in any rhythm until the second half. And so, it doesn’t matter what is thrown our way, we’ve got to be ready to adjust and adapt right away.”
(on bouncing back for second game) “Three really good practices. And the way you say that, too, that’s how it needs to be every week. It needs to be bounce back. It doesn’t matter if you win, lose, play well, not play well and all of that – it is always bounce back. We analyzed the heck out of the game, and it is like, ‘Let’s go.’ They worked hard this week.”
(Disciples among players to spread coach’s message?) “It certainly starts with us as coaches. It’s not all on the locker room’s shoulders. But we do have guys that know, and they’ve been around here long enough, they do spread the message.”
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(Who are those leaders?) “I think Keishawn (Bierria) does a nice job. I think Jake (Browning) does a nice job. Coleman Shelton does a nice job. Vita (Vea) is making progress, Greg Gaines in those roles as well. Jojo McIntosh, I mean guys that have been around that have played that have really embraced some leadership things.”
(Better energy/better start for home opener?) “I hope so, and I am excited to be here at home, and I am really excited to see what our crowd is all about. I really, really am. When a program is doing the things they want to do, it doesn’t matter – we only get seven home games, and everybody is going to show up to see their team play. When you look at really the elite programs throughout the country, the (fans) are there – rain, wind, early, late, before school, it doesn’t matter. I…