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November 29, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Monday practice and radio show notes

It’s the last Monday of the regular season, which means a short practice and then the Steve Sarkisian coaches show. A hodgepodge of notes from each. ….
Senio Kelemete sat out the practice with the sprained ankle suffered Saturday. Sarkisian called it a high ankle sprain, which sounds ominous. But he also said later on his radio show that “he looked really encouraging today to me just moving around and walking around.” He said there was a chance he could return to practice Tuesday and that being limited in practice this week wouldn’t mean he couldn’t play Saturday.
— He also talked of how the injury occurred, calling it “an odd deal” and saying that after Kelemete blocked his man on the last play that Drew Schaefer leapt in the air to celebrate and landed on Kelemete’s ankle.
Sean Parker wore red in practice today. Of the starters, everybody practiced as you would expect.
— With Kelemete out, Erik Kohler slid to left tackle with Ryan Tolar moving in at guard after sitting out last week with a sprained ankle. The rest of the line was the same.
— I asked Sarkisian what he would have done had UW been up only one or two points and had to attempt the extra point. He said what you all said — he would have just taken a snap and downed it.
— On his radio show, there was a lot of talk about the final play and the decision to go for it, all similar to what was printed in the earlier post from his press conference so I won’t repeat it here. But one thing he added is that he thought Jake Locker got in the end zone on the second down play which was one of the reasons they called it again on third down.
— He talked of how Locker ran so much on the final two drives and said “I thought number 10, the light switch clicked on. He was playing quarterback the last two drives, it really clicked that ‘you know what? I’m playing Jake Locker football and if I’m injured I’m injured and I’ll see how long I can last.’ And he played long enough for us to win the ball game.”
— He said the last drive “was really a Jake Locker drive, with him running and throwing and all the things he was doing.” He said he thinks Locker thought “I came back to do something special, that’s to get to a bowl game, and here’s another chance to get to that point.”
—- Of the last deep pass to Jermaine Kearse, it was noted that Locker said later it wasn’t a good throw. Said Sarkisian: “I appreciated it much better there (over the middle) than out of bounds. The other way, he gave Jermaine a chance to make a play.”
— He said he thought the offense wasn’t playing with much passion or energy in the first half and that he tried to light a fire under them at halftime. “To our defense and special teams’ credit they had the energy, they kept playing. But I thought our offense had lost a llittle bit of energy, so that was the challenge. We made some adjustments but we had to play with passion.”
— He talked of the improvement of Quinton Richardson and noted that he’s a fourth-year junior beginning to come on. “He’s just playing fast and physical and confident and it’s really fun to see.It takes you back to the old-school approach that they can get better in their junior and senior year, and we are seeing that with Quinton.”
— He said the entire secondary played well against Cal and that “Our DBs and our backers were tuned into their rout concepts and as the routs came they were all over them.”
— Of the potential for bad weather in Pullman, he said “at the end of the day you go play ball regardless of what the elements are.”
— He said he “could definitely agree” with an assessment that WSU might be the toughest game of the final three that UW has had to try to win to get to a bowl. “They’ve got a lot of confidence, they are playing hard and playing passionate. They are a dangerous team.”
— And of the question over how much time was left at the end of the first half, he said: “I don’t understand it. He got tackled and I looked up and there was no time on the clock, that’s over. They said there was one second left. I was hoping they would review it. I thought it was really clear the time was gone — it was almost gone by the time he caught it … to get all that done (in that amount of time) was pretty amazing.”

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