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October 13, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Sarkisian conference call notes — team to practice inside the next few days

UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s time on the Pac-10 conference call has come and gone, and maybe the most notable thing he said is that the Huskies will practice indoors most of the rest of the week to prepare for what could be 100-degree heat in Tempe Saturday.
“We’ll be okay,” he said. “It’s been chilly here so we’ll go inside the next couple of days, which should be okay. But it’s a 7:30 kickoff and by the end of the first quarter the temperature will start to decrease and we’ll be okay.”
Sarkisian also said he liked what Demitrius Bronson did in limited time Saturday and that “I think his role is going to continue to expand.”
— Sarkisian also heaped praise on ASU’s defense saying “they are excellent up front” and noting how physical the front seven plays. Asked if that would impact how he calls the game and maybe be more conservative, however, he said “I don’t know that. They are very good against the run, only giving up 1.7 yards per carry, so if anything they try to force you to throw the ball, then their pressure can really kick in. So the challenge for us is the same that it is every week, to remain balanced, to not become a one-dimensional football team where we shotgun snap it to Jake (Locker) and he’s running around trying to make plays. We’ve got to fight for balance and got to be able to run the football, establish the running game so we can utilize the play-action pass as well as our other passing game.”
— He was asked a couple of general questions about replay in the wake of all the calls in UW’s last couple games. He said the one thing worth looking at is the fact that the number of cameras and where they are positioned varies from game to game based on the network televising the game and that can lead to differences in getting the proper view of plays. He also said he thinks replay should show “indisputable” evidence for a call to be overturned. “If it’s 95 percent there is doubt, and there should be no doubt to overturn a call,” he said.
— Asked what players or positions have surprised during the first half of the season he mentioned the depth of the receiving corps and the physical running of Chris Polk on offense and the play of Donald Butler and Mason Foster on defense. “We knew they were good players,” he said of Butler and Foster. “But they are playing at an extremely high level for us.”
All for now.

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