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November 9, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Quick press conference notes

As always, I’ll have more-detailed quotes later from the press conference here today. First, a few quick notes:
Steve Sarkisian said the team is pretty healthy heading into this one. No new injuries and they hope to get DT Cameron Elisara back this week. Said there’s a chance that E.J. Savannah could be back and that it will be in part a pain tolerance thing for Savannah. Jason Wells hurt his foot but should be fine. And Jake Locker and Chris Polk, he said, are fine.
— The LT spot is open this week between Drew Schaefer and Ben Ossai. Apparently, Ossai had a stomach condition Saturday that caused him to leave the field a few times and that’s the biggest reason Schaefer got so much time. However, Sarkisian said Schaefer played well ennough to warrant getting more time.
— Wells is likely to again the starter at FS but he said they’ll assess it this week. All the other starting spots look pretty status quo barring the impact of injuries or guys coming back (such as Elisara on the DL).
— Sarkisian said he tried to call time out as he figured out that there was not going to be a booth review of the controversial Terrance Austin TD. But he said he couldn’t get it called in time. He said that since two other plays had just been reviewed that he figured Austin’s catch would be, as well. So he said he wanted to call TO but couldn’t get it done. However, he also said he wanted to be cautious with his time outs — the reason he didn’t do it immediately — and also isn’t sure that the play would have been overturned, saying he’s not clear on whether the ball hit the ground. The school has not heard anything officially from the Pac-10 about why they play wasn’t reviewed.
— He said Locker was looking to exploit a one-on-one situation on the final play to Jermaine Kearse and underthrew the ball a bit. He said a better decision might have been for Locker to go to Devin Aguilar, who was running a crossing pattern and also had a one-on-one. He noted that Aguilar had been getting open and appeared to be open again on that play.
— He said there are some mechanical things in Locker’s throwing motion they are hoping to clean up. Locker said in his press conference they are related to footwork and making sure his feet are where they are supposed to be.
— Sarkisian said that he doesn’t think the team has lost confidence in losing five of six and that that won’t be an issue. “We won’t let it happen,” he said. “It won’t happen.”
— He said the apparent Wildcat play the team ran in the first half isn’t really the Wildcat, just Polk and Locker switching spots. He said they wanted Polk to run that play instead of Locker so Locker wouldn’t take an unneccessary hit running up the middle.
— A school official said there are 64,500 tickets sold for the Apple Cup, though that includes 900 given to Washington State that the Cougars have apparently not yet sold. There are about 55,000 sold for the Cal game.
More later.

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