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September 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Notes from Sarkisian’s radio show

UW coach Steve Sarkisian spoke again on his radio show tonight of his disappointment over how the Huskies competed on Saturday in a 56-21 loss to Nebraska.
“I don’t know if Nebraska respected the Huskies at the end of that ball game Saturday, and that’s not okay,” he said, then repeating a little later that “I don’t know if they respected us at the end of that game so its been addressed and it won’t happen again.”
— Sarkisian said that Nebraska was “as good as I’ve seen in maybe 10 years covering the pass.” Because of that, he said that the plan going into the game was to “to run the football predominantly anyway which we eventually did if you look at the numbers.” He said the Huskies hoped to establish the run to open up some play-action passes and shorten the game but that Nebraska covered the pass so well it was hard to get that part of the game going. And that once the deficit grew he felt they had to pass to try to get back in the game.
— Asked how Erik Kohler played, he said “unbelievable” and that Kohler handled his one-on-one battles with Nebraska DT Jared Crick well. “He blocked him,” Sarkisian said. He said the main area Kohler struggled was in “exotic pressures,” times when Nebraska brought more than the usual number of rushers.
— Asked if Jake Locker should run more, he noted that Locker had 71 yards gained on nine attempts Saturday (excluding 12 yards lost in two sacks) and that that is about the number they are looking for. “We’re there, were close to finding the balance of him throwing it and running it,” he said. “And with the quarterback runs comes you break one, you’ve got a long one. .l. thought his efficiency running the fotball wasn’t bad, just didn’t break a long, long one to get the numbers where we’d want them to be.”
— Asked if UW should do more option with Locker, he noted UW does do some option plays (and in my own note on this I will point out to remember that the zone-read is an option play even if it doesn’t involve pitching the ball) and that “we will continue down that path. That won’t be exclusively who we become, but we will continue down that path.” He said of Locker overall that “we need to do some things to get his mojo going, to get his confidence back.”
— Said the poor tackling was a little perplexing because “we tackled pretty well the first two weeks. But for whatever reason we didn’t tackle as well … we have to get back into drilling it and doing some live team work.” Said the major issue was players leaving their feet.”
— Said of the special teams that while he doesn’t like making excuses that “reality of it is you have to get to why (things happen) and we are playing some young guys and they are going to make mistakes. But we are getting better. We were better in week three than we were in week one.”
— Said again that some different play calls could have helped Saturday. “I can do a better job,” he said. “I can take care of him better, get him back in rhythm.”
— He said the pressure from some of those “exotic pressures” impacted Locker’s throwing, saying a QB “can get your feet a little fouled up where accuracy becomes an issue.”
— Asked about Garret Gilliland’s play, he said: “All in all for his first start could have been a lot worse for that young man.”
— Asked about some fans feeling disappointed in the play of the team so far, he said: “I understand the people being upset and that’s fair, we all want to win. … for a good 24-36 hours afer a ball game like that nobody feels worse than I do.” But he said that “that’s why you coach — you battle back you stand up. … We’ll get right. We are very, very close. When you keep fighting and keep fighting and keep fighting, sooner or later you pop through those clouds and the sun will be shining.”
— Said Hau’oli Jamora had his eight tackles in just 26 plays and that “you’ll see him play more.”
— Said he plans to recruit Thursday and Friday and be back home for the weekend to watch other Pac-10 games on TV.
— Asked about recruits being here for the Nebraska game, said the loss wouldn’t have a big impact on what any of them thought of their trip, saying they all noted how much they liked the stadium and the atmosphere and that “it’s more than just the game, it’s the relationships that get built.”



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