Here are a couple of quick notes from Steve Sarkisian’s appearance on the Pac-12 football conference call today. …
— Asked if he thinks the offensive line is getting back to the level of the Washington teams of old, he said “I think we still have a ways to go to where we are back to the days of old where they are really dominant on both sides, so the line of scrimmage, it’s a work in progress. But I think we still have a ways to go.”
— Asked who is playing the best on the offensive line, he said left tackle Senio Kelemete: “He is really playing well in the run game and in the pass game. He’s playing at a very high level righ now,” he said.
— Asked about the challenge for a young quarterback going on the road, he said that the first and foremost is to “not get caught up in the distractions and emotions of the game and don’t change your demeanor of who you are and what makes you successful at home.” He said the keys in terms of the game are to stay out of third-and-long situations when the home team can get aggressive on defense “so if you can be efficient on first and second downs and stay out of third-and-longs when maybe they can create some turnovers is a key.” He said the other is simply taking good care of the ball and “not making those costly errors, especially early in the game, that can give them some momentum and get the crowd in the game.”
— Also, here’s what Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said on the Big 12 call today, which was not very much. I actually missed most of that call, but got on in time to ask the question about Ta’amu and the answer was actually a little more full than that with Pelini adding that “I thought they did a good job of using him” which I presume to mean that he means the Huskies found some different ways to use Ta’amu in the bowl game than they had in the first meeting.
— Also interesting this morning is this list of Pac-12 players in the NFL from Ted Miller, showing UW with the fewest of any conference team with nine (this doesn’t include practice squad players). And it’s simply more evidence of what happened to UW in the last decade.