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October 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Sarkisian conference call notes, and a few links

Here are a few notes and quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s appearance today on the Pac-10 coach’s conference call, followed by a few links.
First, Sarkisian:
— First, Sarkisian said there is nothing definitive yet on the knee injury suffered Saturday by starting DE Talia Crichton. He said that news is “somewhat encouraging” because the “worst-case scenario would come right off the bat.” But he said it “remains to be seen” what the diagnosis and prognosis is following some further tests.
— As for Erik Kohler, Sarkisian said that Kohler’s weight didn’t drop all that much during his bout with mono, so that shouldn’t be a big problem in him returning to the lineup. Sarkisian said Kohler’s weight “sustained pretty decently” and that “it wasn’t like he had a drastic weight loss.” Kohler practiced yesterday for the first time in almost two weeks.
— Asked about the matchup of UW’s OL against Arizona’s defensive line, he said he is “obviously very concerned. I think that’s a real strength of Arizona’s football team is their ability to rush the passer, especially off the edge. So that’s a real concern of ours.”
— Asked about Mason Foster, who continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles, he said that “he’s got a very high football IQ and, two he is talented. Combine those two things and it gets him around the football then and his physical abilty allows him too make all the plays that he does make.”
— Asked about how Arizona’s offense might change with Matt Scott at QB, he said: “The biggest thing you have to prepare for now is the quarterback run stuff, the zone reads, his ability to run the football — that’s the biggest difference.” He said he thinks Arizona will keep much of its base offense but will add a few more QB runs.
— Asked how to break UW’s win one, lose one cycle, he said: “The biggest thing is to focus on the task at hand and not get caught up in worrying about what just happened or the what if’s of what’s down the road, it’s (concentrating on) the task at hand.”
— Asked about the team learning to win, he said he thinks the Huskies are doing just that: “Part of it is some guys are learning how to win again, and some guys, that’s all they know, some of the young guys that are playing for us, so it’s a nice combination.”
— He said one difference this year is the ability of the team to finish off close games: “We talk so much about finishing ball games. We had so many heartbreaking losses last year that they have shown the ability to stay in the ball game and get refocused even when things don’t go your way and finishing against though opponents, because in this conference so many games come down to the fourth quarter.”
— Asked about Chris Polk, he said that 74 of his 105 yards against Oregon State came after contact and that “he just brings a real mental toughness attitude to our team.”
NOW FOR A FEW LINKS. …
— Though first, a note that the UW-OSU game will be replayed tonight at midnight on ESPN and ESPNHD. It’s a two-hour version, however, so you’re not going to see every play, obviously.
— Lots of good UA notes here from the Arizona Daily Star, leading off with some concern that the Wildcats are getting sacked a bit too much — six in Saturday’s game at WSU.
Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen writes that tougher tests await for Arizona but that so far, so good for the Wildcat defense.
— Here’s a link to Monday’s Husky Roundtable on KJR-AM with myself, Hugh Millen and Chuck Nelson.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with some quick previews around of the Pac-10 games this weekend.
— The Eugene Register-Guard’s weekly Pac-10 notebook has UW at No. 5 in the conference and notes that Jeff Tedford is beginning to feel some heat.
— Lots of Pac-10 links from Vince Grippi.
More later from practice.

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