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September 21, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Monday press conference notes

The Monday press lunechon is over for another week and as you might expect, still a lot of focus on the win over USC.
“There is obviously a lot of excitement in the air and it’s well-deserved for a lot of people in this,” said UW coach Steve Sarkisan.
Evidence of the excitement —- UW officials say 600 ticketes (both as part season tickets or individual games) had been sold from after the game Saturday to Monday morning, a much higher total than usual.
Foremost of those deserving credit may be Sarkisian himself, the architect of UW’s stunning turnabout this season.
He said he’s been inundated with congratulatory calls and text messages since the game — some coming in even during the game itself. So many, he said he hasn’t had time to get to them all.
One he shared was from longtime friend Lane Kiffin, now the coach at Tennessee.
“He said ‘well, you should retire now,”’ Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian said his personal task for this week is to remain humble. For the team, he said it is to stay focused.
“We’ve got to get to that level of focus (that the team had against USC) as quickly as we can,” he said.
I’ll have more from Sarkisian later.
For now, here are a few other notes:
— E.J. Savannah did indeed re-break his hand early in the game Saturday, requiring a bigger cast, one reason he was shuttled in and out a bit more than usual with Cort Dennison. But Savannah said he should be able to continue playing with the injury.
— There were apparently no other significant injuries.
— Sarkisian said he’s not sure if Everrette Thompson will stay at defensive tackle or return to defensive end, saying the move to DT was specific for the USC game. He said it’s possible he will keep doing some of both. Apparently, one reason Thompson was able to play more and better last week was that trainers found a different way to tape his ankle that lessened the impact of the injury he has had there.
— Sarkisian said Demitrius Bronson has been struggling with a shoulder injury, one reason he has yet to play this season. But he said he envisions rotating the tailbacks more going forward and that Bronson is in the mix to play with no plans to redshirt.
— Asked about the sideline interference penalty on Nick Holt, Sarkisian laughed and said one goal this week is to increase “our spatial awareness on the sidelines.”
Jake Locker began his meeting with the media by announcing the formation of a run benefitting Kyle Roger, a young boy Locker befriended who died recently of brain cancer. Here is information on Roger and here is information on the Run of Hope Seattle, which will be held Oct. 18.
All for now.

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