Sept. 9, 2008
Linebacker Donald Butler talked with GoHuskies.com recently about the BYU game and the upcoming Oklahoma contest.
GoHuskies.com: About the loss to BYU...after such a heartbreaking loss like that how does the team respond?
Donald Butler: "To be honest, I feel like we can build off of that game. Anytime you have a game that's close like that and it goes down to the fourth quarter to where, with 15 seconds left in the game, we can score and it's a potential overtime game -- our team was fighting out there, we were fighting to knock off a ranked team. We played with some passion, we played with some fire, and I think everybody saw that, and like I said it's something we can build off."
GH.com: How is the linebacking corps progressing after these first two games?
DB: "It's going good, there's always corrections that need to be made, but for the most part things are going good."
Let's talk about the fumble that safety Nate Williams caused on the goaline in the fourth quarter. How did that play affect the defense as a whole?
DB: "It got us out of a drive. They were going in to score, and it was just someone stepping up and making a big play for our defense. It's something that we need to continue doing, and that's how you make a name for your defense--right there making big plays."
QB Max Hall (30-41, 338 yards, 3 TD) and Dennis Pitta (10 rec, 148 yards, TD) were able to have a lot of success. What was it that was allowing him to get open and how are you guys going to adjust?
DB: "Initially we felt we had some matchups that we thought we could win. We knew going in that he was a good tight end, and that he was one of their go-to guys. On a lot of those balls we had great coverage, it was just their quarterback was making some great throws -- really putting them on the dime -- and it was our DB on their tight end. It was just him making a some great plays."
What are you first thoughts on Oklahoma? How are you guys going to prepare?
DB: "I haven't gotten a chance to look at too much film yet, but that starts today. We'll look at what they've been doing these last couple games. They're the number three team in the nation, or number five I'm not exactly sure what number, but, you know, we'll just be getting fired up and getting ready."
Sooner QB Sam Bradford is one of the better quarterbacks in the country. What do you do to prepare to face someone like him?
DB: "Well we know that he's a pretty good quarterback, like I said I haven't gotten a chance to look at too much film. I've been focused on corrections from BYU, but today we'll be going on to looking at Oklahoma."