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September 11, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Catch me on KJR-AM, and other notes

Another shameless plug to note that I’m scheduled to have my weekly appearance on KJR-AM tonight in the first half of the 5 p.m. hour with Mike Gastineau.
So for reading that, some actual other Husky news that slipped through the cracks this week:
— I talked with Johri Fogerson earlier in the week and actually thought I might make a notebook out of some of what he said, one reason I didn’t get it up before now. But he said a few interesting things I want to pass along. First, I asked him about the pass thrown to him in the end zone in the fourth quarter that a lot of people have called a drop. Fogerson disagreed saying he got his arms tied up with the LSU defender and thought pass interference could have been called. “All I could do was fight for the backside shoulder and I couldn’t get my arm free so it was hard,” he said. “I was in a position where I either had to stop and the ball would bounced in front of me or keep going and try to push him a little to come back to the ball. But that didn’t work either because he pushed my arm and had my back shoulder in an awkward position.”
Also, when I asked Fogerson what he thought of his first game back at tailback, he said the biggest surprise to him was that the speed of the game didn’t seem even faster than practice. “It felt like practice,” he said. “The tempo of the game was actually a little slower than what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a faster game because they are a fast team, so I thought here would be a lot of bodies flying around everywhere. But it wasn’t as fast as I thought and I really complement coach (Steve Sarkisian) for that because that’s how our practices are. Our practices are a lot faster than what the game was and that’s how he explained it was going to be from day one.”
And as for worry over a letdown this week he said no. “Nobody is satisfied with the loss. I don’t think we will be satisfied with a win. Everybody is hungry to win more than one game. Honestly, to get a win under our belts would be better than what we have. But just one isn’t good enough so we are going to keep pushing. There won’t be a let down.”
— Also talked with special teams and defensive line coach Johnny Nansen and asked him what he thought of Jordan Polk returning kickoffs. “I thought he did an outstanding job,” Nansen said. “Right now he is our guy and we’ve got to make sure we put him in good situations. A couple of times we probably put him in there when he was tired because he was on offense. But we’re looking for him to have a big day on Saturday.”
— And also spoke with Joel Thomas and asked him about the running back rotation against LSU and going forward: He said “I’d like to” when asked if ideally the carries might get spread out more than against the Tigers. “But obviously when a guy is playing well (as Chris Polk was) you’re not going to take him out,” Thomas said. “And then it turns into more of a conditioning thing than a set number of plays thing. If he can we are going to ride the hot hand for a while. I thought Chris did a nice job. Johri played because of some scheme things we had planned and Chris had some helmet issues so he played a little more, and Willie (Griffin) got in there. We’d love to play the entire group and they would all love to play. But you can only play 11 guys at a time.”
All for now.

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