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September 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Coachspeak — Steve Sarkisian

UW coach Steve Sarkisian was also on the Pac-12 coaches teleconference today. Here are a few highlights. …

— Asked about Utah’s defense, which leads the Pac-12 with a plus-nine turnover margin, he said the scheme isn’t “necessarily unique” but that its “great trait” is that “they play hard, with amazing effort and they fly to the ball, and in turn that is why they create so many turnovers. … that’s the thing that jumps out at you is just how hard they play.”

— Asked about playing a team coming off a bye, he said he’s not sure there’s any way to really know if that favors one team or the other.

— The Oregonian newspaper surveyed every coach on the call today about their policies concerning open practices and injury information. UW has practices that are generally open to the media, though it did close morning practices during camp and one the week before the Hawaii game, and also closes all Friday walk-throughs. Sarkisian said that “there is some potential for us to close some more (practices) as the season wears on. As far as injury information, he said he is “still going back and forth on what is the right thing to do” in terms of talking about injuries. He said he has no problem talking about injuries such as that suffered by Hau’oli Jamora, since it’s obvious he is out for the year. But he said he is still wrestling with what to do with talking about injuries to players who could factor into the game plan that week. “It’s definitely one of the hardest things in college athletics right now because you want to stay connected to your fans but when you are gameplanning and doing certain things, you’d sure like to keep things private and not put some things out there,” he said.

— Asked what he considers a good quarterback effiency rating, he saiid anything over 140 for an entire season is an indicator that a quarterback “is playing pretty good football.” Eight QBs in the Pac-12 right now are over that number, including Keith Price who is at 176.6.

— Asked again about his relationship with Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow — Chow was his OC when Sarkisian played at BYU and then they were on the same staff at USC —- he again said that he learned a lot from Chow. But he also said that he doesn’t think that’s something that needs to be regarded as “a monumental” deal that he needs to be concerned about this week, saying “it’s about Uta versus Washington” and each team trying to get a conference win. He said what each may know about the other isn’t that big of a deal because each has changed their offesnes a bit since they worked together and that because each is on offense, they won’t be strategizing directly against each other on Saturday. (I detailed the history of the Sarkisian-Chow relationship in this story in 2008).



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