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September 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Sarkisian conference call notes

Tuesday morning means the weekly Pac-12 Coaches Conference Call, when each coach spends 10 minutes or so fielding questions from various members of the media.

Here’s some of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian had to say during his time on the call today:

— Asked about the pass rush off the edge against Eastern Washington, he said: “I thought we got good defensive end play out of Hau’oli Jamora. I thought he was able to generate some pass rush and they were able to do some things sending the back his way and turning the line his way and unfortunately we didn’t get enough out of the other side and that’s something we’ve got to work on whether that’s Talia Crichton or Josh Shirley or Everrette Thompson when he goes out there. We need to be able to apply pressure from both sides and not just Jamora’s side so that’s something we have been focused on for this week.”

— He was asked about not playing fast enough on offense this week and said one of challenges as a coach is getting a feel for how a team will do once the lights go on come gameday. “Ultimately until you get into a game, especially when you get into a huddle and you’ve got a few young faces, the first time you are out there on that field by yourselves, it’s a different feeling without the coaches screaming at you to get going and get moving and get lined up and things of that nature. It’s the first time they are out there by themselves and that can be a concern. It was definitely a concern of ours going in and it’s a concern of ours coming out of that first ball game so it’s definitely a point of emphasis for us on the offensive side of the ball this week.”

— With USC playing Utah this week (a matchup of Lane Kiffin and Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow) there were lots of questions about Chow to various coaches with whom he has worked in the past, including Sarkisian. Sarkisian said “I dont need to get into the personal side of it” but repeated what he has said in the past about having been fortunate to coach with and play for Chow and that he learned a lot from Chow in terms of his ability to be an innovate play-caller and ability to call trick plays “at not the most normal times.”

UW’s practice begins at 1 today — and will all this week since school is not yet in session and practicing at 1 allows for the Huskies to practice at the same time as the 12:30 kickoff of the next two weeks. So I’m heading up there and we’ll have some of the usual post-practice stuff afterward (but a little earlier than last week).

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