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September 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Seahawks WR Mike Williams talks about UW-USC game

Seahawks receiver Mike Williams has a unique vantage point on this week’s UW-USC game, living now in Seattle and playing for Pete Carroll, but also having played for Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin when each was an assistant for the Trojans under Carroll. Williams played at USC from 2002-03.
Times reporter Percy Allen caught up to Williams this week to ask him about the game and some other topics:
What do you think about the UW-USC game?: “It should be a fun game, but then it’s always a fun game. Even when I was playing against Washington it was fun because so many kids come from LA. So many kids from California and the area go to Washington. A bunch of guys. Guys like Roy Lewis. Washington has always been pretty prominent in California. Then you have that edge by guys who go to Washington who didn’t get recruited by SC and thought they should have got recruited. There’s a lot of underneath stuff that goes into that game. I’m just excited because the coaches are so familiar with each other. They know what to expect. They know what they’re going to get. It’s going to make for a good game.”
Who has the edge between the coaches?: “I’m going with SC. I’m going with SC because that’s my school. V for victory and all of that good stuff.”
What was it like to have Sarkisian and Kiffin on the same staff?: “They were good. They were on the same page. They looked for the same kind of things. They’re kind of like the same type of guys. They go about their business a little different with how they present themselves in the media and how they respond to different things, but football-wise they’re the same guys as far as how they game plan.”
Those meetings must have been dynamic?: “They were intense. Very intense. They’re showing you their plays and they’re showing you things that make you think about football a little different than most coaches. They’ll show you a defense and then they show you five plays on how to beat that defense. Even way back then that’s what helped me in my career to move on and play under different coaches. I had a great foundation. As Kiffin would say, I learned to conceptually understand offenses. They’re two good coaches and for guys like me who played for both of them and was on offense for both of them, it’s going to be fun to watch.”
Any wages going between Trojans and Huskies in the locker room?: “Nah. I wish. But 36 (Lawyer Milloy) doesn’t even want to look over here or talk about (if) he wants to put something on the game.”

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