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October 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Wednesday practice notes and Sarkisian video

The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday practice, after which they begin to taper down the physical activity in advance of Saturday’s game against Colorado.

And with UW having had a bye last weekend, an obvious question is whether UW has lost of any its edge.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian said he doesn’t think so, citing what he saw during today’s two-plus hour workout.

“I think (to come back well from a bye) you need to have practices like the one we just had, really competitive, high energy, physical,” he said. “I don’t know if it was our sharpest practice but from an intensity standpoint and how physical it was, it was one of the better ones we’ve had, and so that is I think one of the keys to it. The second, one thing we do is try to extend the week a little bit by bringing them back on Sunday and going half-pads on Monday which we normally don’t do on a regular work week just to get back in the flow of things and the speed of things. And the other thing we try to do is a hair bit more one-one-one teamwork type things just to get back to the speed of the game.”

Another theme of the week is staying hungry after the 4-1 start that has begun to garner the Huskies some attention — as well as some inevitable talk of what may be down the road if UW can win this weekend.

Sarkisian said the good teams he has been around “understand this is where they are supposed to be, and it’s not an arrogance that way, but just that this is where they are supposed to be. We’ve known all the great teams for years and years and years in all the team sports, or individual athletes for that matter, they don’t get surprised to be in that moment, and they also don’t beat themselves up and say ‘we’re not supposed to be this good’ and knock themselves back down. They understand when they get to that point of what it took to get to that point and what it needs to remain there or get even better. And I think the greatest teams are always striving to get better, they never become complacent with where they are at, because there is that old adage of ‘if you are not getting better you are getting worse’ and I think the great teams understand that.”

Asked if he is seeing all of those things from this team so far, he said: “Well I think so. But again we are learning, we are inexperienced at this, and so there are things we have to learn along the way to continue to grow. I don’t think by any means we are there yet.”

As far as personnel news, there wasn’t a whole lot.

Receiver Kasen Williams, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Utah, again participated fully. But Sarkisian said it was too early to declare how much he may be able to do Saturday.

Sarkisian said he thought Williams looked “a little stiff, still. I think he is getting better from day to day. But still a little bit stiff so we will have to see.”

As far as the practice itself, it appeared to be another one won by the defense.

Sarkisian agreed, saying the defense “got a couple turnovers there…a tipped ball interception in team, and then a nice, jumping interception by Sean Parker during 7-on-7.”

It was again a little chilly and breezy, which may favor the defense. Sarkisian, though, said the team will practice outdoors on Tuesday and Wednesday — the two major practice days of the week — regardless of the conditions.

“It’s good for us, it’s good for the passing game – you have to get used to it,” he said. “Realistically, especially for what yesterday was, all in all pretty good…pretty efficient. Our defense is playing better too. That’s part of it. They are getting their hands on balls and all that kind of stuff. Still, even in these conditions, it’s important to get out here and get accustomed to ’em, because the rest of the way this is what we’re playing in, maybe outside of going to Stanford and LA. Outside of that, this is what it is.”

You can see all of what Sarkisian said to the media in the video below:

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