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May 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Sark talk with Softy

UW head coach Steve Sarkisian was on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show on KJR-AM this morning to promote a charity auction of a Copper River Salmon tomorrow that the head coach will apparently personally deliver to the winner.
Anyway, they also talked some UW football for a little bit and while there was no real news, there are a few interesting quotes to pass along.
Asked about what is going on at USC right now, Sarkisian said: “The good thing is my name is not in anything down there. I know there are always issues around the country. The one thing we pride ourselves on here is doing things the right way. We have a coaching staff that understands that and an administration that understands that. We’re going to keep pushing forward and working hard and making people proud.” (And my own comment is that I’d be shocked if you ever heard him say anything differently publicly on that topic).
Asked about the recent comments of Oregon coach Chip Kelly about the differences in the spring games of the two schools, Sarkisian was similarly politically correct, showing that unfortunately for us in the media, he has no interest in stoking the UW-Oregon rivalry. “We’re never going to be concerned with another football program. We’ve got our own issues to be concerned about. … we’re not going to be concerned about what other people are saying. We need to focus all of our efforts on what we are doing.”
Asked for general thoughts on the Huskies at the end of spring ball, Sarkisian said “we got better. Look at our football team the first three practices and look at it the last three practices, we got better. Where did we get better? We were more athletic, we played better in space. We played with better effort as the spring moved on. …. we were more physical on both sides of the line of scrimmage. And I thought our passing game from an offensive standpoint really got better. We got more efficient. Jake (Locker) and Ronnie (Fouch) each played better and the receiver’s timing and rhythm in the passing game each got better.”
Asked specifically where Locker got better, Sarkisian said “one of the biggest things is just mechanics. There’s a lot that goes into it with foot works and drops and understanding the progressions and also understanding the touch of throws, not every throw has to be thrown as hard as you can. … he’s really understanding what we are asking of him.”
He was asked about mending the relationships with local high schools that may have been fractured by the previous coaching staff and said that he’s “not concerned” about what might have happened previously but that he thinks his staff is doing a great job opf making local coaches feel welcome around the program, inviting them to watch practice and into the offices, etc.
Asked about the opener with LSU, he said “I think it’s a great opportunity for us. It’s a 7:30 kickoff on Labor Day weekend on ESPN vs. LSU. It will be a fantastic setting for us to come out and show who we are. … we’ve got a lot of work to do up until that point but I think we’ll be ready.”
And asked about differences in UW now from what he saw when scouting them at USC last year, he said “I see a lot of kids that came in here as young players that have really matured. The receiving corps was younger last year and I was really impressed with them as we moved through spring practices. . … it’s a good group of guys (he proceeded to list off all of them). Much more impressive than what I was looking at last year and will continue to grow. And our linebacking corps I think is as good as ther is in the conference, (Donald) Butler, (E.J.) Savannah and (Mason) Foster. So those are two areas that really jump out at me.”

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