You can watch Steve Sarkisian’s meeting with the media after today’s scrimmage below. And below that, I also have the transcript for those who want to get their info the old-fashioned way.
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On Jermaine Kearse not playing: ”His foot was sore and it was a good chance for some of those young guys to play, I need Jermaine Kearse two weeks from today, that’s a little more important. And Senio (Kelemete) and James (Johnson). They are not that long of injuries. Now if we keep pushing them and pushing them those are the kind of injuries that can linger. … We are just trying to get them 100 percent healthy and not 85 and throw them back in and that thing hovers around 80 percent all year so trying to get them as healthy as we can.”
On which side won: “I’d give it to the defense today. Especially early on we were kind of lackluster on offense, almost a little bit like in slow motion, in a sense couldn’t get out of our own way because of penalties and just poor execution would be the best way to describe it.”
On the impact to the offense of not having JJ and Kearse and Senio: “That definitely is a factor. Talking about two All-Pac-10 performers that you don’t have out there. It’s great to have your left tackle and one of your go-to wide receivers. But I think we have enough talent offensively we can perform better than we did early on.”
On no turnovers in either scrimmage: “I think first, the biggest upside is not turning the ball over. That’s one of the big keys. When you look at the turnover margin and winning and losing there is no more telling stat than winning the turnover battle equates to W’s, and the biggest way to win the turnover battle is to not give up any — at least you are even. So I think that. I think potentially a lot of turnovers can occur on quarterback sacks and different things and they are not allowed to hit the quarterback right now, so that’s a hard one to tell as well. But I think our defense is ball hungry and they will get after the football every chance they get. I’m appreciative of our quarterback play making good decisions and our running backs and wide outs playing with a high and tight mentality. The reason they are the way they are is because of the way we practice and the focus by our defense on the football that now it’s become a real focus for our offense.”
On whether anyone is ahead in the backup QB battle: “I don’t know that. We’re going to assess these first two weeks here over the weekend and then next week and come to some at least clear sense that I’m not going to wait god forbid sommeting happens to Jake that I make the decision off the cuff on the sidelines wherever we are. I’m going to have a plan in mind. Whether I tell you or not (the media) is the question.”
On how Keith Price is playing right now: “He’s playing pretty efficient, that’s for sure. I think he’s played consistently. Nick might have had a lull here or there – I thought Nick did some things today, as did Keith — but I think from a consistency-standpoint for probably the last 5-6 practices, Keith has been playing at a pretty high level.”
On whether it is advantageous not to let the public know who the backup is: “Sure it is, because they’re different players in a sense. It is our system still, but they are different players. I think it keeps our ability to move the quarterback around as a distinct advantage for us — not that Nick can’t move, but his ability to throw the football all over the field and see coverages is something advantageous for his game. I think if somebody knew who the backup would be, and they put him in, they could already have their plan in order. That is something we have to assess if we do announce, or we don’t announce. We’ll see.”
On Kevin Smith: “I like Kevin. I think Kevin is a football player that is physical. He is really put together for a freshman. Some parts of the game are a little new to him, so it takes him a while. Once he gets it, man he can be a dominant player. We’re excited, not only on offense, but on special teams. We saw him in the return game today, but some of the stuff we don’t see is the other aspects of special teams where he’s blocking or running or tackling. He’s a nice player.”
On Zach Fogerson sitting out: “Got a shoulder deal from last practice — sprained. Not serious, but it’s serious enough where he couldn’t go today. I would have liked to have him go today, but he couldn’t. That one is a little disappointing because he is one guy I really wanted to see today.”
On when he will make decisions on redshirting freshmen: “It will clear up here this week. We start to game-plan for BYU, and we’ve got to know from a rep-standpoint — there is ‘X’ number of reps we’re trying to get done, the percentage of reps in practice if you’re going to play. It will start to get pretty clear here early into next week, and mid-week next week.”
On Erik Kohler getting a few series at No. 1 tackle: “Yeah, we want to take a look at him, see what he looks at going against some good guys. We’ll have to look at the film, it’s hard to watch all 22 guys every snap. I thought he looked like he belonged, but we’ll have to see.”
On the placekicking: “I’ll tell you what, Folky (Erik Folk) has been fantastic. yesterday, that one was from 58. And (Eric) Guttorp, man, I don’t if he’s missed a field goal in a setting where he’s had a line, a snap and a hold yet since I’ve been here.”
On the long snapper: (Brendan) Lopez is probably the most consistent, but we’re still going to keep pushing (Evan) Hudson and (Peter) Becker to get them ready.
On when he might have a two-deep: “By the end of Wednesday, we’ll have a really good idea — into Thursday. We’ll have our mock game Friday, so we’ll have a pretty good idea Wednesday or Thursday where we’re at.”