UW-San Diego State leftovers

Some notes and quotes that didn’t make the newspaper on the Cowboys’ football game Saturday with San Diego State.

“He’s really good, but their offensive line is playing well and they have a lot of experience coming back there. They open holes up for him — UW coach Dave Christensen on SDSU sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman.

“Our wide receivers have not progressed as much as we hoped at this time of the season, but there has been some improvement” — SDSU coach Rocky Long.

“We saw a lot of No. 9 last year. All of them are high motor guys. They have some significant speed, guys that are good with their hands, their linebackers are fast and their defensive backs are some of the best in the country. Their (defensive) personnel will be a lot higher from some of the other teams we will see.” — UW senior offensive guard Brandon Self on SDSU senior linebacker Miles Burris and the rest of the Aztecs defense.

“They’re still going to take their shots because they have a good running game.” — UW defensive coordinator Marty English on SDSU throwing the ball deep, which was a big weapon for it last year but not as much this season.

“I told them if they catch a ball, don’t get down. Just come back and make a better play next time.” — UW senior safety Tashaun Gipson on what he’s told true freshman cornerback Blair Burns and sophomore Marqueston Huff to expect from SDSU’s receivers and pass game.

“Our offensive line work their butts off. They’ve been doing a great job and I take every opportunity I can to make sure they know it.” — UW junior running back Ghaali Muhammad.

One last note: Saturday’s game will be UW’s first and only contest (at least in the regular season) on natural grass.