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September 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Notes from Sarkisian’s radio show

As always on Monday, a few notes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s radio show. …

— As might be expected, there was a lot of talk early about the third quarter at Nebraska and how the game got away from the Huskies there. “It takes its toll. You look back at that entire sequencing of plays, to me that was the entire ball game,” Sarkisian said.

— Sarkisian said he continues to dispute the interference call on Desmond Trufant in the third quarter saying the officials said that Trufant “didn’t give him a chance to catch the ball. He caught the ball, that means he had enough room to catch the ball, so I don’t agree with it. … I don’t know what else to tell our guys. The rule states he has to have a chance to catch the ball, … some tough breaks for our special teams I thought, but we did also do some pretty good things. … I’m a little hesitant to just hammer our special teams for some of the field position.”

— As for the second-quarter returner interference penalty that negated a UW fumble recovery, he said: “I think it speaks for itself, I don’t know if I have to go any further into it, but some tough breaks, and a good learning lesson for us that you can’t get caught up in things you can’t control. … when the other team was playing well we were playing as a distracted team, we were getting beat.”

— Sarkisian also said in looking at the film he continues to disagree with the offsides penalty on Will Shamburger that negated a touchback kickoff. “I’d still today argue that he wasn’t offsides,” he said.

— Of the penalty on the coaching staff, he said: “They called sideline interference and that’s a live ball penalty, not a dead ball pe

— He said the punting competition will be open again this week after Kiel Rasp had some struggles against Nebraska. He said Will Mahan “deserves the opportunity to compete this week

— He said one call he’d do over is the second on-side kick, that Nebraska recovered at the 43 and quickly drove for another score. He said Nebraska changed its alignment and he should have called off the on-side kick and instead just kicked it deep and left it to the defense.

— He said he’d still go for it on fourth down at the 12, down 37-17. “They had all the momentum with all that was happening and I felt like we had to go for the touchdown. The one thing I would change is the call. Wish I could have that one back because I think we could have given ourselves a better chance out there.”

— He said of the defense that “the biggest thing I’m seeing is we’ve got to let it loose, we’ve got to let it go, let the dogs off the porch — take the chains off and let it go.”

— He further said that: “I know it’s killing Nick, it’s killing me. There is a brand of defense we believe in and we are accustomed to and right now we are not seeing it. I don’t think it’s a scheme thing or a talent thing but it’s an attitude thing and we need to get it fixed.”

— He was asked about the criticism of Holt and said that their relatationship is great and that ”
he’ll get it fixed. He is a really good teacher — behind the snarls and the growls and the bald head is a really good teacher and we’ll get it fixed.”

— He noted that each of the last two years the defense has gotten progressively better as the season has worn on. “It’s just that want it to happen sooner now and that’s the frustration for everybody, we’ve just got to make it happen.”

— He assessed the defensive issues this way: “We got blocked. It’s one thinig to get blocked, it’s another to stay blocked. We got blocked and then we stayed blocked and that put a lot of pressure on our safeties and thank goodness for Justin Glenn, he made a lot of plays in the back end.”
— He said that they will continue to look into rotating more players on the defensive front. “You’re going to see more of that,” he said.

— He was asked about the Nebraska TD where Hau’oli Jamora was covering a receiver on a wheel rout and said that is a very common defense and something Jamora has handled many times. “He’s accustomed to that play and seen it numerous times and I’d like to think he’s going to cover it more times than not.”

— He again heavily praised Keith Price and said one of the most impressive things about his touchdown passes is how they have had such a variety, some being deep, some intermediate, some on the run. “All in all, he is playing at a high level,” Sarkisian said.

— Also, the team held the usual no-pads practice today. Price participated fully. Callier sat out as did Nate Fellner and Taz Stevenson.

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