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June 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Q-and-A with Sarkisian

As mentioned last week, I had a chance to catch up with UW coach Steve Sarkisian for a few minutes last week to talk about the plans for the next few months, and a few other things.
Here is the first part of that talk focusing on what happens from now until camp begins in August.
Q: So what is the plan for the next few months?
A: This time of year is actually really interesting because our coaches just got done with spring recruiting for the month of May so now they are back in the offices and we have a lot of film to evaluate, a lot of kids to get evaluated. And we have our summer camps coming up here in the month of June and we are also looking at training camp and trying to get training camp ready for August. And the month of July is a vacation period for our coaching staff to get them a chance to recharge their batteries. And then we’ll be back in the office that first Monday of August, Aug. 2, and the kids report Aug. 9th and the first practice is Aug. 10th.
Q: Obviously, coaches can’t be directly involved in summer conditioning but I’m sure there are some things you want to get out of it?
A: I think we have our speed where we want to be but we want to maintain that. We’ve got to make sure our strength is where we want it to be because it’s a long season and the pounding can take its toll, so want to make sure we are physically strong enough to hold up. And then the key part is that the NCAA doesn’t allow us to be on the field with these guys throwing, so for them, the leaders of this team to manage their time that they are out working on throwing the football, running routes, offensive and defensive lines working together, those are key times because we don’t get to be with them at that time, so the leadership really has to step up
Q: What kind of attendance do you expect for the summer program?
A: I expect them to be here. Hopefully our guys recognize the opportunity to take advantage of going to summer school, getting credits done and also taking advantage of the time to work out and get more physically fit. And then the third thing is to take advantage of the camaraderie, that bonding that great football teams make. And I think our guys are understanding that. And I assume I imagine all of our guys will be here all summer.
Q: Do you anticipate any academic issues with incoming players?
A: There are always issues with new guys. That stuff goes down to the wire every year. It doesn’t matter where you are at — there are final grades and test scores and graduation dates and everything that goes into it this time of year. We have to stay on top of them and keep them focused until they finally get here. (Sarkisian also said he expects all freshmen to be part of the summer bridge program).
Q: Who do you expect to step up and be the leaders of the off-season programs?
A: A lot of the onus is going to be on the Jake Lockers and Donald Butlers and Nate Williams and Jermaine Kearses and D’Andre Goodwins of the world. The guys that have already asserted themselves in somewhat of a leadership-type role and are going to be the guys holding guys accountable to get there because this is their football team and the better attendance they get amongst themselves the better off we are going to be in fall camp.
In part two I’ll have some general thoughts on the team post-spring as well as a few other things.

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