A couple of us had a chance to talk briefly today with UW coach Steve Sarkisian (pictured at right during a practice earlier this spring) after the press conference to announce the move of the UCLA game. Here’s some of what he said:
— Sarkisian said the team has emerged from the spring healthy enough to have what will essentially be a full game for the Friday Night Lights spring game on Friday. He had said earlier in the spring he needed to see how many healthy players the team would have before deciding, but with just one full-contact practice left, the Huskies have yet to suffer a significant injury. “We’ll have a Purple and a White team and we are going to play. What we won’t do is we won’t have kicks and punts to try to save our legs, so if a team scores we’ll kick the extra point, and we’ll have field goals throughout the game. But as opposed to having a kickoff you’ll get the ball at the 20-yard line and if you get stopped it’s an automatic 40-yard punt.”
Sarkisian, however, said it had not been determined yet how the teams would be selected.
— Asked what the film of the scrimmage Saturday showed, he said: “I thought that we are playing at very competitive level, we are playing fast football. Our top tier guys are playing at a very high level and there is a second wave of guys I’m hoping can take that next step, and that’s what I’m hoping this week is for. I thought last week a lot of our guys improved and got their game to even a higher level, but now we need to bring the next wave of guys with them.”
— Asked about the mixing and matching on the offensive line, he said it’s part of what spring is for, to experiment and see who works best at different spots. “You’ll keep seeing that. To me this isn’t about game planning and what’s the best group to go beat BYU with — we’ll do that in fall camp. This is about giving guys’ opportunities so we can elevate as a football program. So you’ll keep seeing that stuff.”
— Asked if there was any one thing that had stood out about either of the lines in the spring, he said: “I think the move of Cameron (Elisara) to end tells us a lot. He’s a very physical guy at the point of attack and he’s a very difficult matchup for a tight end when he’s at defensive end. So that one opened our eyes right away, because you go play a team like Stanford or Oregon, who you know is going to run the football, it gives you a unique matchup. You can play him over the tight end and maybe solidify yourself at the point of attack a lilttle bit better.”
He said the move of Elisara to end won’t be permanent but will be used situationally throughout the season. “It just gives us versatility from week to week. Depending on who we are playing can move him around in there, so from that standpoint, doing these moves has been helpful for us.”
— Asked about the offensive line, he agreed that it will be hard to completely put it together until Cody Habben, likely to be the starter at right tackle, returns in the fall: “Cody obviously has a lot of experience and he had a really nice year for us last year, quietly. So not having him back there at the right tackle spot, that’s why we are getting so much movement over there. But that’s not a bad thing to get Skyler (Fancher) his reps there and Danny (Kanczugowski) his reps there, and Drew Schaefer some reps. All those things we are going to benefit from in the long haul.”
April 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM
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