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November 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Thursday practice notes

It kind of looked like any other practice for the Washington Huskies Thursday as they continued preparation for the No. 1-ranked Oregon Ducks in the wake of a diastrous loss to Stanford Saturday.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian agreed, but said that the events of the past few weeks — seemingly good practices followed by tough defeats — has a little more cautious.
“I know it sounds redundant but I thought it (practice) went well, especially after the way it (the game) went last week,” he said. “But I’m kind of holding my thoughts on our week of practice until I see how we play.”
In terms of news, there wasn’t much other than that WR Jordan Polk will miss the game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday. QB Keith Price walked off the field a little slowly afterward, but it was likely just the wear and tear of an intense week of work as he prepares for his first start.
Sarkisian said he thought Price had a good week.
“I thought it went well for him _ for a guy that hasn’t played, obviously, but he’s been getting a lot of reps,” Sarkisian said. “But I thought he really managed practice well. Had good urgency, good tempo, good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish. I thought, all in all, he had a good week of practice, it went well, and now we’ve got to see how he’ll do in the game.”
Sarkisian was back to just coaching today as Luther Leonard helped run the scout team, as he had earlier in the week.
Sarkisian, however, said Leonard is not a consideration as a backup QB despite the fact he played that spot in high school and was originally recruited to UW at that spot.
The Huskies are also currently without walk-on QB Mike King of Aberdeen, whom Sarkisian said had to “go home for personal reasons.” But he said that was not an issue with the team’s QB depth. Leonard gave the Huskies four QBs to run practice.
Sarkisian said again that he thinks Price is mentally ready for getting his first start.
“He’s just got a great attitude,” Sarkisian said. “He’s got a real belief in himself. He’s got a real carefree mentality. And I think the guys have responded well to him.”
Sarkisian was also asked if the way the season has gone has him thinking that a turnaround of the UW program may not happen quite as fast as he thought when he said that it it wouldn’t “take very long.”
“I don’t know. We’ve beaten three good teams this year, too — Syracuse, USC and Oregon State. So I think in a short amount of time we have beaten four ranked opponents in two years. So in that sense we have done some really good things. Unfortunately we have had some ugly losses that have made things not look as good, But we have beaten some good teams in two years.”
He continued to say that: “I never put a figure on it (how long it would take). I thought we would be competitive in all of our games and unfortunately we have not been that way this year.”

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