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November 25, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Wednesday Sark bites

Here’s some of the uncut version of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian had to say after practice todday:
On Jordan Polk missing practices this week: “He’s been having some migraine issue, which has been not new. He’s had it in his past, and for whatever reason – anybody who knows who’s had migraines – they’re not very fun.
On Polk’s status for the Apple Cup: “We’re just holding him out. It doesn’t look good. He hasn’t practiced this week, and he had a pretty good week last week. It’s unfortunate.”
On Anthony Boyles getting a few snaps at WR this week: “We just try and keep him a little bit ready. You guys don’t come to our Friday walkthrough … but he actually does all the offensive walkthrough, in the red zone, and what not to keep him ready. That’s the beauty of being versatile, and as we move forward into the future, you’re going to see more guys kind of doing things on both sides of the ball.”

On Boyles getting work with No. 1 defense: “He’s getting some stuff over there, too. He’s come a long ways in a short amount of time. It’s a lot to ask of a guy in one or two weeks to make the full transition, but he’s doing some things that continue to show us he’s going to be a pretty good player over there.”
On Boyles having a better chance to play this week: “Oh yeah, oh yeah, there’s no doubt.”
On Alvin Logan’s injury: “He got leg-whipped on Monday and cracked his fibula, and he’s out. It’s a broken bone, but it’s not serious – serious enough he can’t play, but it’s not career-threatening by any means.”
On Cameron Elisara: “Cameron looks good, looked good again today. He looks great, got through today. He’s a go.”
On expecting a close game: “I always expect rivalries to be that way. That’s the nature of them. That’s why they’re so fun to be part of – you throw out the records, you throw out the stats, you throw out the Las Vegas lines or odds or whatever, and you go play the game, because you never know what’s going to happen.”
On if it’s close, whether it will help having lots of experience in close games: “I hope to think so, that we’re learning from those experiences of being in tight games in the fourth quarter that are coming down to the last drive of the game, and our ability to continue to execute and do things right and not try too hard, I think it will be something not only in this game hopefully we can learn from, but as we move forward into the future of this program, we can learn from those moments.”
On trying to make it another game: “We don’t try and build the thing up anymore than it needs to. It’s a football game. It’s about staying consistent. It’s about not changing your routine. It’s about doing things you do day in and day out to get yourself prepared to play football. The reality of it is, it doesn’t matter who we play, where we play, what color uniforms they have. Ultimately it’s about us, and our ability to get ourselves prepared and to go out and executive and perform the way we’re capable of.”
On Cody Bruns playing if Polk can’t go: “It moves Cody up (in the rotation) and gives him a good opportunity to get on the field.”
On Kalani Aldrich: “His knee is just too sore. He just can’t go.”
On whether that could be a long-term issue: “It could be. I don’t know yet.”
On working Apple Cup preparation around Thanksgiving: “In football this is normal. This isn’t anything new. It is what it is. This is what we do and that’s part of this profession that you deal playing Thanksgiving weekend and playing around Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. You get used to it. It’s part of the profession. But that’s also something that makes this profession special. Growing up all these kids and coaches, all of us, you are used to watching football on Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving weekend and the rivalries and all the games that go into it and you always dreamt to be part of them and we are fortunate to be part of it.”
On the desire to get off to a fast start: “I think to some degree we are still a young football team, not only physically but mentally, and when you are young and you get off to a fast start I think it kind of validates that ‘okay, we do have a good gameplan, let’s go play.’ Or ‘yeah, I can block this guy.’ Or ‘yeah I can cover him.’ Or ‘yeah, I can tackle this guy.’ And sometimes when you don’t have success early doubt can creep in, and any time doubt creeps in that now hesitation creeps in and we aren’t playing as fast as a football team. And I thought that happened at Oregon State. So it would be nice to get out to a fast start. But inevitably that doesn’t mean you win or lose if you start fast o not but the way you consistently do things and the way you finish in the third quarter and the fourth quarter.”
On Chris Polk nearing 1.000 yards: “I think it’s great for him and for our program. It sets a stage of who we are and who we want to continue to become that we are a physical football team and pride ourselves on running the ball. By no means have we been perfect in running the ball but found some consistency here in the last month of being able to run the football and Chris has done a nice job and he’s still a young player and keeps getting better.”



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