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August 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Sark on KIRO

UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on the Brock and Salk Show today from the Seahawks’ training facility, where Husky coaches are spending the day.
No real news but a few interesting thoughts — you’ll probably be able to get the whole interview on a podcast here soon.
Here are some of the highlights. …
— Sarkisian said the UW coaches were spending the day with the Hawks in large part “to get the juices flowing that football is right around the corner. It gives them a chance to start their engine again.” He said such visits are more common in the spring but that the UW coaches didn’t have the time then to get over there.
— He said there’s a little talk of X’s and O’s but mostly it’s “about technique and coaching style and how things are run.”
— Asked about the Seahawks’ facility, he said “this is a pretty impressive facility from a guy who is hoping to get a new one here down the road. This is an impressive place.”
— Asked what he’s most nervous about for the first day of camp on Monday he said with a laugh “that we have balls at practice. … There’s all kinds of issues as a head coach you didn’t worry about as a coordinator, just a lot of the logistics that go into training camp, that if it’s lunch there is food there, things like that that you never worried about before as a head coach you are looking at.”
— He said one thing that has helped has been his relationship with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and defensive coordinator Nick Holt. “That has allowed me that opportunity to be the head football coach and not have to worry about some of the operations of the coordinating duties.”
— Asked about his relationship with Jim Mora, he said it’s been great and that “he’s very proud to be a Husky and he’s been a great supporter of us. He’s been good to our staff.”
— Asked about Jake Locker and fitting into Sarkisian’s system, he said “fit” is the operative word and that “there has to be some give and take” utilizing Locker’s running skills but within the framework of the overall system. He said they need to “find that common ground that is good for both of us” and that finding that will be “critical for us as coaches.”
— He also compared Locker to Steve Young at BYU, noting that Young came to BYU with a reputation as a great runner and athlete and then sat for a few years behind Jim McMahon and didn’t really play much until his junior year. “It took him almost three years and into his fourth to really understand passing the football and being efficient with the passing game.” He said Locker’s progression into the new system, however, will be enhanced by already being the starting QB and getting more of the reps in practice.
Brock Huard noted that he told people at SEC Media Day last week that Locker is such a good athlete he could be a first-round pick as a safety if he desired. Sarkisian agreed saying that “what I love about him is that he’s willing to put in the time and effort. He wants to be a great QB. … He has the skill set to make those throws and do the things accuracy-wise and mentally he can handle it. I just think the sky is the limit for him.” But he also noted that Locker has just two years left and that “it’s a race how quickly we can get him there.”
— Finally, asked about LSU, he said the UW staff has been poring over film, including that of Tennessee’s defense last year as the new LSU DC is John Chavis, who worked for the Vols last season.

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