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February 4, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Some quick LOI day press conference notes

Well hopefully you got a chance to hear some of Steve Sarkisian’s press conference today.
If you didn’t, you can still access it here. It was definitely different from some of the past such press conferences as he talked excitedly and specifically about his plans for many of the players. I’ll try to pass some of that along later, but first some quick notes:
— Sarkisian said he expects that this will be it for this class. He said UW could add a player or two later in the spring, likely out of the JC ranks, but he didn’t expect any new immediate signings.
— One player UW had been interested in who hasn’t officially signed is JC DT Brandan Warner. But the LA Daily News reports that he’s going to sign with UCLA but he just hasn’t been able to yet (read the story for the details).
— Sarkisain said he would give the class a “C,” though I think he meant mostly that he would never be satisfied and would always feel he could do better.
— He acknowledged the lack of OLs in the class — just one — but said there wasn’t a lot to choose from in the late going. He said that will be a priority next year.,
— He said he thought the key player in the class was James Johnson, whom he said was in doubt until last night. He said Johnson can play immediately and he thought it important to get a WR “who really understands the game. He brings a lot of savvy to the position.”
— He said much of what UW did in this period was lay the groundwork for 2010. He said the school has already offered about 20 scholarships for the 2010 class.
— He said he hopes to have a new WR coach in place next week but said he still has a number of candidates on his list. He said he wanted to get through signing day first before concentrating on that.
— He said Jake Locker is progressing as expected, throwing and all that, and should be ready to go for the first day of spring practice.
— He talked a little about the violations and said he wanted to “make it clear” he isn’t trying to push the envelope or any of that. He said both were simply misunderstandings. He said on the fog machine, he thought it wasn’t a violation because it wasn’t something UW had done before during its gameday experience. On the second one, he said he informed both the reporter and the player “at the time that we wouldn’t speak with them. It turned out that wasn’t good enough.”
—Sarkisian said every player signed has a chance to play next year, saying he doesn’t recruit players with the thought of redshirting them. But he said there is a chance a player or two could grayshirt out of this class.
— He said he expects every player signed to make it in academically.
More later as I process the tape.

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