Soares shares the credit

November 30th, 2009
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Linebacker Blaze Soares was named the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the week today. He recorded 12 tackles as part of an impressive defensive effort in a 24-17 win over Navy.
“The defense did such a great job it could have gone to anybody,” Soares said.
>> Head coach Greg McMackin said the theme for the defense against Navy was “stay alive.” While it applied to the Warriors’ effort to keep their bowl hopes breathing, more specifically it referred to playing against Navy’s cut blocking.
“What I was so proud of was how well they handled the cut blocks. That was my big concern,” McMackin said. “(Safety) Richard Torres, he didn’t get cut one time. He was using his wrestling moves and different things. Our theme on defense was to stay alive. Don’t get cut, or if you get cut get back up because if you’re not on your feet you can’t make plays and they did a god job of that.”
>> McMackin said the coaches turned their attention to Wisconsin on Sunday.
“Right now they’re scary to look at,” he said. “Their linemen are all 6-7, their running back looks like a lineman. They’ve got a guy that can throw it. They’ve got one of the best receivers in the country. … They’re a good football team and we know it but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

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