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September 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Sarkisian on KJR-AM: No word yet on Polk, Richardson likely out

UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show on KJR-AM a few minutes ago.

In terms of the key personnel questions, he again said that he has yet to make a decision on whether Chris Polk will play Saturday against Eastern Washington, saying he will meet with Polk later today and then make a final call.

He said he has a “pretty good idea” of what he wants to do but that he wants to meet with Polk to “make sure we are on the same page.” He noted, however, that Polk increased his work throughout the week and got progressively better.

He also said that he won’t take the opponent into account saying that the chances to play college football are rare. “We only get 13 opportunities to take the field and play football and put on the purple and gold, so if we are healthy enough to do that we are goinig to go play no matter who the opponent is,” he said. He also admitted that “I like the suspense a little bit.”

Sarkisian, however, pretty much removed the suspense about Quinton Richardson, saying he would “be surprised” if Richardson could play tomorrow. So Greg Ducre will start there.

He also said Johri Fogerson should be able to play, lending depth at tailback if needed. Jesse Callier will start if Polk can’t go, and Sarkisian repeated that Bishop Sankey will play this season and said the team has installed a special package of plays for Sankey “to get him involved in the ball game.”

In a few other notes. …

— He reiterated that he does not plan to rotate quarterbacks in any way — a question that probably does not need to be asked anymore given how emphatic he has answered it all week — or plan to try to get Nick Montana a series or two in the middle of the game. He said he’s not a believer in rotating QBs or playing two QBs, in part saying he doesn’t think it’s fair to the starter. He said he’d like to get Montana in the game in the usual backup quarterback role if things are going well.

— He said again he thinks Price has played well the last two weeks, going as far as to say he’s not sure Price could have done anymore the last two weeks. “I think Keith is going to go out and play very well for us,”’ he said.

— He said Kasen Williams should have a chance to get both some punt and kickoff returns and also will be on the field “quite a bit” at receiver. But he also said that “you won’t see him every snap.” He said he’s learned with other heralded true freshmen receivers to try to develop a package of plays for a receiver that “you want him to know and know really well and that he can do really well so he can develop that confidence and execute those assignments.”

— Asked about the fact there may be only 55,000 fans or so there tomorrow, he said he thinks more fans may soon be jumping on board, saying that “this is a year-changing year for the Huskies, the most talented team we’ve had, and hopefully as we can get a few wins here and the season goes on we can fill the stadium up even more.”

— Asked his biggest unanswered question about the team, he said: “The biggest concern I have is I think we are a good football team, I think we are talented and have depth and our kids have done nothing to make me feel any different. They have practiced their tails off every day and been competitive yet fun-loving, been a team, been a family. What keeps me up tonight is that we are going to start 13-14 true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores and what keeps me up is how we respond to real football.” He elaborated to say he’s curious to see how the young players will react to mistakes or trick plays or any of the things that can happen in a football game and “what is the right button to push with him to get him back in the mode of playing (well).”

— He said the biggest difference in the offense will be the reintegration of the tight end because that “gives us a lot more versatility to our offense and we don’t become the one-dimensional team that is in the shot gun and spread out.” He said his preference is to emphasize a pro-style attack with the sprinkling in of “some of the spread-style things in our offense.”

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