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October 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Coachspeak — Arizona’s Tim Kish

Tuesday means the weekly Pac-12 Coaches Conference Call, and Arizona’s Tim Kish just completed his availability.

Kish, who took over on an interim basis two weeks ago when Mike Stoops was fired, said the the mantra for his team has been to “have fun.”

“That was the most important was that these kids went out there and enjoyed playing the game of football again,” he said. “That was the mantra leaving the hotel on Thursday night and going to the game.”

Kish said the coaches have tried to tweak some things in practice to break up the “monotony and the routine” of the season to “make it a little more interesting for them and exciting at practice. … there are some things that I think the guys have really embraced and they’ve got some smiles on their faces when they are out there so obviously we are doing something right.”

Indeed, it all seemed to work as Arizona blew out UCLA 48-12 last Thursday, painting the Wildcats as a dangerous team the rest of the season.

One key to the win was running the ball well as a team that had previously struggled to get a running game going went for 254 yards on 46 carries against the Bruins.

“That was our plan going on,” Kish explained today. “We wanted to establish the run if we could and the way we were handling (UCLA) up front with our offensive line, they were doing just a great job staying on blocks and giving the running backs some holes to cut up in and do some things that we haven’t been able to do in the past. So establishing the run was a huge part of our gameplan and it worked basically to perfection in that game so we are hoping to improve in that area.”

One challenge this week is all the changes the team will have to make in the secondary due to the suspensions against UCLA (explained here). Arizona will be without four players for either half or alll of the game.

“Obviously that was something we weren’t really counting on going moving foward,” he said. “But it was justifiably done by the Pac-12 office. … We’ve had to move some people around in the back end a little bit, rotating some guys around and moving a couple of offensive guys (to defense). I’m not sure how that is all going to be put together by Saturday.”

Asked about Washington, Kish said: “They have a tremendous offense and obviously are playing at a very high level. I know they had a setback from their early form against Stanford but I expect them to be on task on Saturday night. I think they are a very powerful offense. Obviously they are struggling at times as we are on defense, but he (Steve Sarkisian) has done a tremendous job and Keith Price stays within the framework of what they are trying to get done offensively. … they are a well-balanced machine there, too.”

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