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October 6, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Highlights from Sark’s radio show

If it’s Tuesday night, it must mean another edition of Steve Sarkisian’s radio show.
The disclaimer tonight is I had kid duty so I couldn’t follow it all as closely as I sometimes do. But in between racing home and cooking a quick meal for the kids, here are some of the highlights:
— Would Sark have gone for two if UW had scored in OT? No question, he said. “That’s an easy one,” he said, saying that the circumstances of the game, being on the road, the health of the team as Nate Williams had just gotten hurt meant he was going to go for two and try to win it right there.
— Sarkisian also said he told his team on Monday that the first five games of the season prove that “we don’t have to lose again this season.” He said that the five games prove “we can play with anybody in the country, so let’s go play with them.”
— Asked about the scheduling news today he repeated most of the comments we had here in this space earlier today — that only five home games in 2012 wasn’t going to be acceptable and that it makes sense to downgrade the schedule a bit instead of playing two or three A-list teams every year. He said “you should never be worse than 2-1 (in non-conference games) that’s the goal” and that easing off the schedule a bit will make that easier to obtain.


— Asked about the goal-line stands, he said again that “the bottom line is that at the 1-yard-line, you’ve got to score. He while he might have reconsidered some of his calls that there also were some execution errors that he thinks were in part because players got caught up in the environment of the game and tried to do too much. “Next time we are in that situation, I promise you we will get it done,” he said.
— He said the conditions — rain and a grass field — were a concern heading into the game and did cause some issues during the game with footing. He said that the coaches will have to be smarter to figure out how to prepare for that during the week in the future. He said that means that “we’ve got to get on grass throughout the week.” Whether that means taking the team somewhere else for a practice or two or installing grass on one of UW’s fields I’m not sure as it wasn’t followed up. I’ll try to do that in the next day or so.
— He said he would admit that he might have gotten a little frustrated and stubborn in calling a second QB sneak on the one that failed on fourth down in the third quarter and when asked if it might have made sense to stick with a spread formation instead of going with a short-yardage look he said that made sense.
— However, he said he would go for it again and not kicked a field goal there, saying that being aggressive and showing belief in his players in such situations is a hallmark of his program. “We’re going to go for it again,” he said. “That’s who we are.”
— He said he views the game as another missed opportunity saying “in our opinion, we should have won the game” said as the LSU game.
— Asked about surprises and challenges of being a head coach, he said the surprise would be the support he has gotten here; the challenge would be time management and trying to be as involved in the offense as he wants to be while juggling other head-coaching duties.
— Asked about walk-on RB Cole Sager getting on the field on the kickoff return team he said he has worked really hard and done everything asked of him and that “you’re going to see him on the field even more.” He said the fact that guys like Sager have gotten on the field is proof that the coaches will play those who show they deserve to play.
— Asked about Williams and D’Andre Goodwin he said he doesn’t know when they will be back.
— Asked about the replay controversy he repeated what he’s said since Saturday that it wasn’t something he could control so he wasn’t going to worry about it. “There’s not much I can do about it,” he said. He said the players need to realize that, as well, and that they are. “We’re okay,” he said.
— He talked about Erik Folk and said “he’s just having a fantastic year for us” and that it was easy to overlook how good that final FG was because of how the game ended.
— Asked about the pass defense issues he said the major problem was the pass rush. “We just didn’t rush in our lanes and when we did, we missed him (Jimmy Clausen),” he said. He said Clausen sometimes had 6-7 seconds to throw and that “you can’t cover a guy that long.”
— He talked about Desmond Trufant and said again what a good game he played and that he thinks Trufant will soon turn some of those passes he has batted down into interceptions as he grows more comfortable being on the field.
— Asked about using Demitrius Bronson in some of the goal-line situations against Notre Dame he said he thought about it but thought it unfair to put him into that situation as a true freshman who has not had a carry yet in a game and that there was never a point where it worked out to take out Chris Polk to put in Bronson to get him a carry in a different situation. But he said again Bronson deserves to start seeing some action.
— He said there were some tackling issues in the game that are being worked on this week and that he liked what he saw in that area in practice today.
— Asked if he could be UW’s “Joe Pa” (Joe Paterno) he said “I can promise you I will not be coaching football at 80 years old.”
And that’s all.

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