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October 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Sarkisian notes from conference call

Steve Sarkisian’s time on the Pac-10 coaches conference call today has come and gone and here are the highlights:
— In terms of personnel news, he said that it’s still uncertain when WR D’Andre Goodwin or S Nate Williams, who each received concussions in Saturday’s game, will return. He said neither passed the test to return to practice on Monday but each will get tested again today. Sarkisian said that for now “our frame of mind and where we are at, we will assume they are not playing so we’ll get the guys ready to play that we have available to us now and if we get them prior to Saturday then they are a bonus.” Goodwin’s absence, if he can’t return, will be mitigated by the return of Devin Aguilar. If Williams can’t return, it could mean a safety tandem of Greg Walker and Victor Aiyewa.
— Sarkisian, however, said Jason Wells could work his way into the mix there, as well. Wells has not played in more than two years dealing with knee and Achilles injuries, the latter being the issue this year. “We’ll get a good look at him today and tomorrow and make a better assessment of that as we move forward throughout the week,” Sarkisian said.
— He also said Nathan Fellner could work his way into things there, as well. Asked about Fellner today he said “he’s a guy who has been working extremely hard and has done a nice job with his stuff on special teams and is starting to understand the defense more and more. He showed up on the special teams last week with a couple of tackles and he’s got a nice feel for the game. He keeps growing on everybody because he does stuff right and he plays physical and fast and obviously he has the blood lines with coach Jim Sweeney being his grand father. He’s got football in his blood and it shows.”
— Sarkisian also said there is no doubt that the penalty called against Notre Dame for roughing the snapper was deserved. ND coach Charlie Weis questioned that call in his press conference Sunday saying “I believe that that call was in error. Roughing the snapper is when you put a guy over the center, over his head — it’s trying to protect the center so the center doesn’t get killed. If you line up over his head and run right through him, that is a call. I think if you go back and watch that play, at least from the multiple times I watched it this morning, Ian got called for it, and Ian (Williams) was on his left shoulder, on the center’s right shoulder, but he was on the defensive left side trying to penetrate into that A gap, and it didn’t look to me at all like he was trying to go through the guy’s helmet.” Said Sarkisian today: “It’s blatant. I don’t see how anyone couldn’t see that as a penalty — it was blatant. He lined up right on our center, on our snapper, and ran over him. It was a blatant penalty.”
— He also talked a little bit about Arizona saying that “I don’t know why people aren’t talking about them. I think they are really good” and that “they are a really challenging football team.”
All for now.

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