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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

June 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM

More from Sarkisian

Here’s part two of the interview I had with UW coach Steve Sarkisian a few days ago. Part one focused on what the team will do in the next few months.
Q: How will you select captains for this season?
A: We will vote as a football team, do that in training camp. (As background, this is something of a return to how UW did it traditionally. Under Tyrone Willingham, however, the team had game captains all season and then selected captains for the season after the year had concluded, announcing them at the post-season banquet).
Q: Now that you’ve had a month or so to look back on spring practice, do you have any different assessment of the team now than you did when spring drills ended?
A: I don’t know if anything is really different. I am very optimistic about our football team and how we are athletically. I thought we became a much more athletic team through the off-season conditioning program and what we did in spring ball. I’m just anxious to watch us continue to grow as we mold our team in that direction.
Q: Some of the pre-season magazines are beginning to come out and it looks like most of them are picking UW ninth. Any thoughts on that.
A: Not really. We just need to play well and do things right. What I’ve said from day one, the big factor for us is when we learn to win tight games, and how and when that occurs I don’t know. It all depends on when we get into the tight games. But that’s going to be the moment when we can take that step of understanding how to win in tight ball games.
Q: It seems like you’ve spoken really highly of Chris Polk in interviews since the end of spring ball so it sounds like what he did the last week or so of spring really impressed you.
A: it really did. When you really analyze the stuff he’s done, he’s very talented. Obviously the key for him is to stay healthy. That’s going to be the key for him to keep getting better and move to that plateau where I think be can really be a special player.”
Q: Do you anticipate any more position changes before the start of fall camp?
A: There’s the possibility of some. We just have to analyze our football team when we’ve got everybody in here and take a look at the whole scope and allotment of our guys once they are all here and look at them all and see where they stack up and what we are doing.”
Q: Any new news on injuries that may impact players this fall?
A: Brandon Yakaboski injured his knee again, which is unfortunate, during his rehab and had to go in and have surgery on it again so it doesn’t look good for him to be back this fall.
Q: How is the progress of Jason Wells?
A: He’s doing good. He’s rehabbing, he’s moving, he’s running, so it’s just going to be a timetable thing, and even when he does get back we have to be very smart in how we monitor him.
ASU GAME PICKED UP FOR TV: Also this afternoon, the Oct. 17 game at Arizona State has been picked up for TV by FSN and will start at 6 p.m. Pacific time. It would have been an upset if it wasn’t a night start as in the 13 years I’ve been doing this now, pretty sure UW has played just one afternoon game at either Arizona or ASU.
This means six of UW’s 12 games for next season have already been picked up for TV.

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