WATCH: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Stephan Blaylock discuss preparations for game in Washington, latest takeaways in Arizona
The Bruins’ flagman and strong security start spoke to the media following Monday’s practice.
UCLA football quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson spoke about what he’s doing to prepare to travel to Seattle for the first time in his college career, as well as the advice he’s received from both former Washington quarters now with him in Westwood. Safety Stephan Blaylock spoke about going against running back Brittain Brown in practice and the new mindset of his defense against Arizona on Saturday.
Angry Brittain Brown help you?
Yeah, very beneficial when you have a guy like that especially with all the defensive reads I have to do it’s a 50-50 or it’s a quality look I know he can punch that arm tackle , do it play well for that. He’s helping us a lot and he’s improving every week so I’m delighted that he continues to do so.
Washington gets most of the fans in the Pac-12, different preparations for a heavy road environment?
I don’t think there is really a way to prepare for it. They can make the music louder in practice or whatever, but we’re not focusing on that or something like that. It gets pretty quiet when you’re tuned in and locked into the game and your mission, anyway. But it should be a fun atmosphere to play in and see all these guys out there.
Did you notice Seattle’s playlist in practice today?
See, exactly, I didn’t even notice they were doing that. I’m so locked up here in training and what’s going on.
Did Garbers and Yankoff, both from Washington, prevent them from being eligible here?
I’ve talked to Garbers a bit about it and he’s kind of giving me tips and hints and tips since he was on their scout squad against their 1s defense in his time there. So he gave me some tips and hints throughout practice and throughout the week so far.
60% risk of rain on Saturday, prepare differently? Change of game plan with rainy forecast?
It’s Monday, so I wouldn’t say yes or no to that question, but I’m sure we’ll have something planned for that. But as far as I know, we’re going to practice and practice like we always do and keep the same game plan and execute and continue from there.
Locked up as a passer when you launch into the rhythmic race?
Again, yes and no. I think finding a rhythm comes from starting early and starting fast and being locked into your mission from quarterbacks to receivers to the tight ends. And the same with the execution scheme, I think just having everyone locked into their blocking tasks is definitely a way to find a rhythm. And so I would say they both help each other, but I don’t think one can concede the other and really help the other like that, as you might think.
Washington secondary is doing similar things defensively to Arizona which makes the windows harder?
I wouldn’t say they make it difficult, I would say they are very disciplined in what they do. Play a really solid defense, and so when you play really solid it’s very hard to take big hits and big X plays. They’re going to make you take whatever they give you and therefore make sure you’re disciplined everything. throughout the game and you don’t comply, so I think that’s the best way to attack them this week.
Importance of the racing game against the big pass D? Easier for you when running the game is working?
Yes sir, most certainly. We need a racing game every week, and of course racing sets up the pass with all the gameplay action and everything we do. And so yes, I think the racing game is going to be vital this week as it does every week.
Facing Brittain Brown in practice?
Practice is the same thing you get in the game – runs hard, ends in tackles, tries to get through the end zone and is just a great player and a great teammate, always showing linemen like to support him and overall a great player so what you see on the pitch is what you see in practice.
Lowering further into the blanket, keeping the ball in front of you as part of the game plan?
Yes the coach wanted to change things and we just play what the coach gives us.
How did it go?
Yes. Yielded just 16 points, forced two turnovers, then left with the dub.
Fourth stop, what was the size to finish it at the end?
Really big because I mean in the third previous game I could have done the same game and I didn’t, so when the opportunity arose again I knew I had to. grab.
How important is the tackle gan?
That’s huge because in training we always focus on running the ball, so running in training to the ball leads to running to the ball in a match, so like we do, we just keep playing games.
Ups and downs today?
No. Luckily none of us had to do the ups and downs, I mean I probably had a bun, but it was a quick day so we just started the exercises today.
So nothing for anyone?
Satisfied with high school overall?
I would say never satisfied and there is always room for improvement, even after that last game we were against each other just as we were playing the men’s covers to play tighter and even in the zone covers , fall into our good areas and it gets better every day, every week so i mean as the week goes by we get better and better but i just mean again never satisfied .
Susceptible to the tempo of Arizona? How are you improving there?
Uh, just have a room ready if they keep doing it. I want to say this is the first time anyone has had such a fast pace against us this year. We played against Arizona State and a few other teams that had a good pace against us, but nothing like Arizona, so I’m glad we [inaudible] to prepare against other teams.
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