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October 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Monday practice notes — and more from Sarkisian

The Huskies are off the practice field after about a one-hour, no-pads workout.
Among those participating were WR Devin Aguilar and LB E.J. Savannah, each going through lots of team drills and looking on pace to return to action this weekend, as head coach Steve Sarkisian said earlier in the day.
Sitting out were WR D’Andre Goodwin and S Nate Williams, each wearing red while recovering from concussions. With Williams out, the starting safeties were generally Greg Walker and Victor Aiyewa, but there looks to be lots of sorting going on there.
While we were watching practice, a member of the media relations staff helped sort out a question — who was the last true freshman walk-on to see action in a game for the Huskies before Cole Sager did it Saturday? Sager played on the kickoff return team. The answer? Deep snapper Scott Ask, who played in 1998. Nine walk-ons have seen action for UW already this season.
Also, I’ll use this entry to post a few quotes from Sarkisian from his press conference earlier today:
GENERAL OVERVIEW: “So now it’s almost 48 hours since the ball game and I think, just to reiterate what we said after the game was, that was a great college football game. And it was great for a lot of reasons; the emotion standpoint, the electricity in the air, for the fans, for the kids on both sidelines. That’s why kids play college football, for games like that and to be part of games like that is very exciting. I thought our effort was excellent. It was something we addressed heading into the game throughout the week that we needed to play with great effort. That’s something we pride ourselves on. We did not do that versus Stanford, and I think it showed. It was evident to everybody. Our kids responded with a game of tremendous effort. If we look at the ball game, the bottom line is that we didn’t execute in the critical moments. We didn’t execute the way we were capable of executing. We didn’t execute plays that we had ran throughout the ballgame that when, it came down to the critical moments, we weren’t able to do so. And that comes in time; that comes with belief; that comes with believing in calls; that comes with believing in each other; that comes with doing your job and trusting the fact that if you do your job and everybody else does their job that that’s good enough to win. We’ll get to that point. We’ll get to that point. When you look at the whole ballgame – and you can talk about instant replay and talk about opportunities and whatnot – we had an opportunity to win the game and we didn’t do it. In time, as we move forward, as we mature in this program, we’re going to win those ballgames. There’s a lot of great lessons for us to learn from. It was obviously an emotional moment, an emotional game, a heart-wrenching loss, but one were going to take a lot of really good things out of, and also a lot of teachable moments that are going to help us move in a positive direction here. I’m proud of our guys for the effort they gave. To get in that environment, to play that game, to have the game won and conceivably have the game lost, to come back and tie the game, to get to overtime, to get to those opportunities, I’m proud of our guys and there’s a lot of things we can grow on from it.”

ON HIS THOUGHTS ON THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE POLK TD AND THE TWO-POINT CONVERSION: “The bottom line with the rule of replay is there has to be indisputable evidence, overwhelming evidence, and I didn’t see that. But that’s not my call. I’m not an official. I think one thing we will learn here from a football program standpoint is lets just control what we can control and not get concerned about things that we don’t have control over. And we can’t control replay, we can’t control a decision that is a judgment call. That is out of our control. So the more energy, the more time, the more effort that is put into that that’s taking away from something that we really can put our effort into. We’ll move forward. We are going to move forward and learn from it and regardless of those two things we had an opportunity to win the ball game and we weren’t able to do it.”
ON WHETHER HE THOUGHT ABOUT GOING FOR IT ON THE FOURTH DOWN BEFORE THEY KICKED THE FIELD GOAL GO TO UP 27-22: “I wanted to for it because after everything that had happened I still believe that one more snap we are going to score but from a head coach’s standpoint what is best for our football team we needed to kick that field goal and we needed to make it a touchdown game and it was the right decision.”
ON ANY PLAYS HE WISHES HE CALLED DIFFERENTLY: “The second QB sneak on the first goal line stand. Jake was so close on the first one that I ran another one out of a different formation, a different personnel grouping. That, in my opinion, we probably should have run something else. But he was so close on the first one I almost challenged the first one because I really thought he had gotten in when he spun and he had the ball on his left arm that I felt, man we are getting enough push that he can get into the end zone on another one hindsight is 20-20 you look back at it, probably should have done something else on that play.”
ON GETTING PAST SECOND-GUESSING: “It’s easy for me. I don’t change. Win or lose, I’m going to evaluate every call of every game separately. I’m going to look at them and I’m going to analyze them from a schematic point of view and from a momentum of the game point of view. And there are always in every game – the games you win 50-0 and the game you lose 34-14 – there’s always roughly 7-8 calls where I would do that differently. I might have called this here and that there. This game was no different. There’s always stuff you look at you might do a little differently and take back, but you learn from ’em and you move on. You can’t second guess yourself. You’ve got to go with what you’ve got and you go with what you called and believe in what you call. If you’ve got a good fastball, you throw a good fastball. If you have a great changeup, you throw a great changeup. That’s the way it is.”
ON JAKE LOCKER NOT TALKING TO THE MEDIA AFTER NOTRE DAME GAME: “I looked at it really simply, that this guy has been speaking to the media for three years in the worst of times, in the hardest of times he stood tall and was a man about things, and after this ball game he was emotional. he had a big part in the game. we could have won the game. he was emotional. i don’t blame him for not wanting to talk, because when you are emotional you can say things sometimes that you might regret later adn some things are better left unsaid. he didn’t feel like talking. i felt this guy deserved a mulligan on that one. he’s had so many tough attempts and so many tough shots and faced every qustion imaginable that he deserved this night off.”
ON THE SAFETY SITUATION WITH JUSTIN GLENN OUT: “I thought Victor Aiyewa did some nice things for us when he got his opportunities, some nice things on special teams and on defense. So I think you’ll see more of Victor. Obviously Greg Walker will get some opportunities back there as well. We’ll see where we stack. Jason Wells is on the come. Nate Fellner is a kid that’s been growing for us, doing a nice job on special teams. So we’ve got some flexibility there to allow some guys to play.”
ON THE TALK WITH ERIK FOLK BEFORE THE TYING FG: “We had a nice moment. I think we talked about, one – not worrying about the other 10 guys. Let them do their job. Focus on your job. Don’t change your approach. Allow the blockers to blow, allow the snapper to snap, allow the holder to hold. And then, check out this setting that we get to kick in, it’s unbelievable. It’s raining. The grass is wet. The crowd is roaring. You’re on national television. There’s nothing better. Let’s go do this. Have a blast, it’s a memory of a lifetime. He did smile.”
ON HOW JIMMY CLAUSEN HURT UW THROUGH THE AIR: “My thought is, one, he threw a couple nice seam routes. I think we were so concerned about the outside throwing lane, he did a nice job hitting the seam routes. What I was upset about is we had some things in our rush lanes that we didn’t execute the way I know we should have executed – but we have executed in the past – that allowed him time to play football like he did in the park when he was in the second grade to the eighth grade. He kind of just floated out to his right, and receivers were off their normal routes, they were just finding open spots in zones. That makes it hard on any defense when a quarterback has that much time, and has the vision and the arm strength he has to make the throws that he made are going to make it difficult on us. So we’ve got to do a better job in our rush lane of keeping quarterbacks contained where they just can’t throw out of the pocket and have the ball for 6-7 seconds. It’s hard.”
All for now.



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