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November 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Sarkisian notes from Pac-10 coaches conference call

With UW having a bye this week, and the Huskies not exactly at the forefront of things any longer, Steve Sarkisian’s time on the Pac-10 coaches conference call this week was brief.
And it mostly involved out-of-town writers picking his brain on other topics.
— The first thing he was asked was about whether the talent gap in the Pac-10 is truly catching up to USC, as Trojans coach Pete Carroll suggested after Stanford’s win over the Trojans Saturday. Sarkisian said that he thinks a couple of things have happened — that all the Pac-10 schools have “great coaches and that all the staffs have recruited well,” making the talent pool in the conference as good as ever. He also said he thinks the style in the conference has changed since USC started its dominance in 2002. He said he thinks the Pac-10 has gone “from a finesse conference when (USC) first going where Pete brought a brand of football where we are going to run the ball, play great defense and take shots in the passing game.” He said he thinks other teams have begun to copy that formula, if doing so in different styles. He said that “in and of itself” has closed the gap “because team’s aren’t trying so hard (with different schemes) but are just being disciplined and doing things right.”
— Asked about OSU QB Sean Canfield being in the mix to be the All-Pac-10 QB he said that Canfield definitely deserves mention though he also said Jeremiah Masoli, Jake Locker and Nick Foles would also be in the discussion, if not others. “I would have to evaluate all those guys to say who is the first team all-Pac-10 QB. I’m not sure what we are going to do with that one yet.”
— He was also asked about the value in recruiting in southern California of having a win over USC and said that “it’s not just in southern California” that such a win helps. “It just shows that we are a program on the rise and headed in the right direction but I don’t think it has to be just in southern California (that that is noticed),” he said. “Any time you get some landmark wins like that you are able to use it to your advantage in recruiting whether it be in Washington or California or Hawaii or anywhere else.”
— And having forgotten to do so yesterday when I had the chance at the press conference, I asked about injured players Brandon Yakaboski, Vince Taylor and Skylar Fancher and where they are in their recovery. He said all are in various states of rehab and that it’s “still too early to know” whether any of the three will be available for spring practice. All have missed the season with various injuries — Yakaboski and Taylor, a running back and WR, respectively, are each out with knee injuries while Fancher, an OT, had surgery on his ankle.
And that was pretty much it.



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