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September 22, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Sarkisian meeting letdown head on

UW’s Steve Sarkisian was among the last coaches on the Pac-10 coaches conference call today and as might be expected, a popular topic was the possibility of a letdown this week against Stanford.
Sarkisian said again, as he had yesterday, that it’s a topic to address.
But UW fans and followers of the program should be at the point of starting to catch on to what his philosophy is on this stuff. And Sarkisian’s philosophy on most things is not to take a posture of worrying about a letdown, or whether this or that may happen, but addressing it up front and going from there.
“We’ve never done anything around here (out) of concernm” he said. “It’s about being aggressive in how we address things off the field and aggressive in how we attack things on the field, and that’s how we are approaching this week. We have a very aggressive mentality about it that we are not trying to avoid a letdown, but put together a great game plan to go play a very tough and physical Stanford team.”
Sarkisian said he won’t ask his players to forget the USC win — “that’s the last thing we want to do.” Instead, he said he wants them to remember the feeling while realizing that the only way to get it again “is to get right back to work.”
He said in what he’s seen of his players since then that they are doing just that.
“I don’t think it’s been very difficult at all,” he said. “Our kids understand that was a great win Saturday and I think they loved the feeling after that ball game of what it felt like to win a tight ball game in the fourth quarter when you do things right and I think they would like to recreate it. …. The way to recreate it is through a great week of practice and preparation.”
Sarkisian was also asked about what it would mean to the Huskies if they could get to a bowl game this year — the last time it happened was 2002 in Rick Neuheisel’s final year as head coach. He said that “obviously we’ve got a long way to go before we get to that stage” but said that in general it would obviously indicate progress being made and provide a morale booster to everybody.
He also talked a little bit about Donald Butler and said that “he was just really tuned into” the USC gameplan and that the hope is now he can play to that level every week.

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