Utah football: Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham full Week 2 press conference transcript (+video, audio)
He missed a couple reads in the zone schemes. Particularly down at the goal line, there was one that would have been a walk-in had he been able to see the daylight, but he just has to keep getting better.
There's no harder worker on the football team than Karl Williams. He's a guy that puts in all the time necessary, in the film room, on the practice field, in the weight room, he does it all. I expect that he's going to continue to get better.
I didn't think Bubba got on track in that game. He's more elusive and more dynamic than what I think you saw in the game Thursday night. Now a lot of that is due to Utah State's defense. They're a very good defensive football team, but I think Bubba Poole is going to make some very big plays along the way for us this season.
Reporter: How much of your offensive playbook did we see last week? Is it just a matter of execution or is there more to roll out?
KW: Well, there's more to roll out, but again that's a week-to-week thing. There are things that will be in the playbook that aren't in it right now based on the opponent. When you study the opponent's film and you see things that you may be able to exploit, you put a thing or two in each week for that exact reason. I think as per what we were facing against Utah State — a new defensive coordinator, a lot of unknowns going into that game — I think we had a really nice game plan.
You're going to see that alter and modify as the season goes on based on what we start to do well as well as what the opponent that particular week is vulnerable to.
Reporter: What's your read on Weber State? What's your takeaway from their win over the weekend against Steven F. Austin?
KW: A lot of offense. More than 300 yards rushing, 50 points, their receiver had a big day and went over 100 yards. The coordinator has an Oregon background, and so it's very similar to what just about everybody's doing with the spread and the hurry-up, and so we've got to be ready and do things better defensively than we did last week by a long shot.
Reporter: You talked about your film work leading up to that game. In running that onside kick, Nate (Orchard) talked about being a little tipped off in film study on the play that led to the sack, fumble and recovery. How much pride do you take as a coaching staff in your players in the film room and the recognition that comes from that in their ability to be able to dissect what an opponent might be able to do?
KW: A great deal of pride, and I stress to our guys all the time that film study is as important if not more so than practice itself. Being able to study your opponent and know exactly, based on split or alignment or stance or all those little details and things that oftentimes make the difference, you pick up in film study. I tell them the coaches watch film for hours on end, but a player that's watching concentrated film on one guy, he can pick up things that a coach can't because a coach is seeing everything.
I harp on them all the time that it's got to be hand-in-hand with practice. It's every bit as important as practice, and our guys really take that to heart and do a good job of getting in the film room all week, and they have their iPads where they can watch it on their down time. It's invaluable. Film work is an absolute must.
Reporter: The offense seemed to struggle trying to punch the ball in inside the five-yard line against Utah State, what do you guys have to do better going forward to correct that?
KW: We missed a couple reads with the back where the hole was actually there, but we didn't find it. That's part of it. More violence in the run game, as I mentioned . Being able to roll people off the ball a little better and create more movement with the double teams.
We might have got a little predictable down there in this game, and maybe a little more diversity in our offensive play calling down in tight to keep people honest instead of packing the box in and defending the zone cut snap after snap.
Any more questions?
KW: Thanks guys!
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