As the headline says, here are some notes from practice and UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s radio show. …
— With rain falling, and sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s expected in Salt Lake City this weekend, the Huskies practiced today in the Dempsey Indoor for the first time during the season. John Timu and Greg Ducre were in red and Taz Stevenson was not participating. It was a pretty brief workout, about an hour or so.
— Now for some notes from the radio show. ….
— Asked about the last play of Saturday’s game, he said that in general fade routes are the “lowest-percentage completed pass in football.” But he noted that Cal is good at it and had won the Colorado game with a similar play earlier i the season so “we weren’t surprised it was coming.”
— Sarkisian reiterated what he said after the game that he took a time out on the last series so that if Cal tied the game, there would be time for the Huskies to try to get down the field and kick a game-winning field goal.
— He also said that while he tries not to meddle in the defensive play calls during the game, that he did try to let the defensive coaches know what personnel Cal had on the field as the Bears were huddling on the sidelines then breaking onto the field.
— He explained further that Hau’oli Jamora’s knee injury occurred as he was attempting to avoid a block and that he just “tweaked his knee a little bit and that quickly he tore his ACL.”
— He explained that John Timu was moving the entire time he was on the ground but that “it was just the pain that he was in that was the concern.” He said “sure, I think there’s a chance for that” when asked if Timu could return against Utah. (It was revealed during the show that Tedford had texted Sarkisian during a commercial break to ask how Timu was).
— He said Greg Ducre will be in pads but won’t have contact on Tuesday but could be back to full contact on Wednesday.
— And on Johri Fogerson he said that “he took a great shot on the knee, helmet right on the nerve of the outside of the knee.” But he said that appears to be the only injury, with no ligament damage apparent, so Fogerson should be able to return sometime soon.
— There was lots of talk about Keith Price’s play and Sarkisian specifically pointed to the two throws to Devin Aguilar in the first quarter as the ones that stood out to him on Saturday. “It’s the downfield stuff that has been the most impressive to me,” he said.
— He was asked if he would have gone for it on fourth down after Tedford accepted a penalty to make it third-and-11 — UW converted to keep a scoring drive alive. Said Sarkisian: “On those fourth-and-ones we have a tendency to go for it so I don’t know, you’ve got to be your own judge there, find out next week.”
— Sarkisian said they are attempting to be more aggressive in the secondary but that that also needs to happen while limiting pass interference penalties and said that “as you grow confident enough and are more comfortable you see the ball coming, and I think we will get better at it. It is just another area of our whole team where I think we can definitely improve because I think our kids are talented enough to do that.”
— Said Erik Folk had his best day kicking off.
— Said they knew it would be tough to get Chris Polk a lot of yards up the middle so they wanted to get creative in getting him the ball in some other ways, one reason for drawing up plays like the pass that turned into a 70-yard touchdown.
— Said they need to get Polk going a little more because the run sets up the play-action pass, one of Price’s real strengths.
— Said of the two turnovers, he will leave with the fumble by Price because scrambling is part of his game, but that Austin Seferian-Jenkins needs to get better at protecting the ball, saying he was a little loose with it throughout the game.
— He said he thought after the first series that the defense “played with that right type of passion. We were hiting people and striking and playing the relentless brand of football that is needed to play defense.”
— He said of Utah’s defense that the Utes play “a lot of man-to-man football, pressure and getting after the quarterback, and that’s what we will see Saturday night.”
— Said Utah is running a little bit more of a traditional-style offense and less of the spread stuff now that Norm Chow is the team’s offensive coordinator.
— School starts Wednesday, and he said having a bye next week will be ideal to allow for that transition.