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September 20, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Quick press conference notes

I’ll have a more complete review of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s press conference today a little later.
For now, a few of the highlights:
— Sarkisian said one of his biggest disappointments in reviewing the Nebraska loss was some of the lapses in the team’s “competitive nature,” especially as the deficit grew in the second half. Sarkisian promised that that “will never happen again” and said it’s on him to make sure that it doesn’t. Said UW will always compete for 60 minutes from here on out “I can promise you that.” Said he hadn’t felt that had ever been an issue previously during his time at UW.
— He said he doesn’t think there is a big gap between the talent levels of UW and Nebraska up front but that the Huskies just didn’t play to their potential.
— Said nothing has changed for him in the goals for the season to be competitive in the Pac-10 and get to a bowl game.
— Said Senio Kelemete was sick today and that’s why he wasn’t at practice. Said Cort Dennison should be able to return soon and that otherwise there do not appear to be any lingering health issues. Said James Johnson had a good practice today — said it was the first time not limping in six weeks — and appears on the road back. Johri Fogerson also practiced today and Sark said he also appears on the road back.
— Said the coaches will have to figure out how to incoporate more live tackling during practice to improve that facet of the team’s game.
— Said the coaches will take another long look at Josh Shirley at defensive end during the bye week and could still decide to play him this season — he has not played so far. Said Shirley has had some good practices recently.
— Said the bye week will also be big to get some younger guys such as CB Greg Ducre, WR Kevin Smith, DE Hau’oli Jamora and DT Sione Potoa’e ready to take on more substantial roles the rest of the season.
— Said Jake Locker was going to get the day off today as is the custom for the starting QB on the Monday of a bye week. But he said Locker walked into the office this morning and said he wanted to practice. Said that speaks to Locker’s character and commitment to bouncing back.
— Said Locker was far from solely to blame for what happened against Nebraska, saying the protection wasn’t what was needed nor did the receivers play the way that was needed.
— Said some of the passing game issues fall on him to call some different plays earlier in the game to get Locker comfortable and into a rhythm. “I didn’t do a very good job of that,” he said. Said he felt Locker got “hesitant” after the early interception and said the protection issues then helped lead to Locker’s footwork going awry.
— Said he didn’t put any stock into the quote by a Nebraska player that the Cornhuskers could tell by the way UW receivers came off the line if it was a run or pass, noting that it didn’t do them any good on the long TD to Jermaine Kearse.
— He also defended the run-pass ratio Saturday noting UW had 39 rushing attempts to 20 pass attempts.
— Said his team isn’t “shell-shocked” by what happened but that “they are disappointed.”
— Said Erik Kohler and Garret Gilliland each graded out well.
Anthony Boyles was back at CB during practice today. Taz Stevenson remained at RB.
— The Huskies practiced for about an hour today in helmets only.
More later.



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