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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Quick notes from the press conference

Steve Sarkisian’s Monday press conference has concluded, and his theme was similar as it was following the loss to BYU Saturday night.
He said again that this one game “won’t define our season” while noting that he is as disappointed as anyone in the fact that UW didn’t win.
But he reiterated that it was just one game, and as such, said there wouldn’t be major changes, though there will be a couple:
— The biggest change is that they will alter the scheme of the kickoff return unit to have two returners deep instead of just one, which would help solve the problems of kicks being kicked to one side and a returner having to run far laterally to get them, which helped cause the problems Saturday. He said the returners would likely be Chris Polk and Jesse Callier.
— He said they will try to increase the rotation on the offensive line this week to get true frosh Erik Kohler and Colin Porter into the game. Other than when Cody Habben left for a couple of plays, the starting five went the entire way.
— Sarkisian said the OL has to play better but said he didn’t think it was a physical issue, saying he thinks UW is physical enough. Instead, he said communication issues were the main problem. One cited example was the last third-and-five on which Jake Locker ran. Locker apparently ran to a different side of the field than the line was blocking. Locker took the blame when he spoke later.
— Sarkisian said his only real issue with the officiating was what he called “the phantom tripping penalty” on Jermaine Kearse that wiped out a first down in the third quarter on a drive in which UW ended up punting. Sarkisian called that a critical shift in momentum. He said the fumbled punt in front of the UW bench definitely was caused by the ground so it wasn’t worth reviewing. He said the BYU fumble out of bounds was ruled a lateral so that the rule is that it’s out at the spot.
— Sarkisian said the team emerged healthy and that there’s a chance WR James Johnson returns this week. He said they just felt he wasn’t ready and that Cody Bruns was playing well enough there wasn’t a need to get force Johnson to play.
— Sarkisian said he thought the team’s conditioning was fine, noting that the defense held BYU scoreless in the fourth quarter.
I’ll have more in-depth comments from Sarkisian and Locker later.

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