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October 31, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Monday press conference notes and Sarkisian video

UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s weekly Monday press conference has concluded. There’s video of most of it below.

Also, I’lll pass along a few quick notes in handy written form, as well. …

Chris Polk was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week for scoring five touchdowns against Arizona on Saturday, among other things.

— Sarkisian said WR James Johnson is in a walking boot with a sprained ankle, so he’ll be monitored throughout the week to see how available he will be against Oregon, but that CB Anthony Gobern (concussion) has been cleared to play. If Johnson can’t go, expect more time for Kasen Williams, whom Sarkisian said is getting continually closer to where he was before hurting his ankle against Utah.

— Also said Justin Glenn may be able to play this week. Of last week, he said: “He just wasn’t quite right. He knew it. Even at halftime, we talked to him and he just didn’t feel quite right. We have enough depth at the safety spot to be okay. But I’d like to have Justin available this week so that we can really roll our safeties and keep them fresh.”

— There will be no throwback uniforms or anything out of the ordinary Saturday, though Sarkisian said he didn’t yet know what the team would wear (so meaning just something out of the combinations it already has shown).

— Here’s his opening comment: “In recapping the Arizona game, I thought our kids played hard. They played with a lot of passion, played physical…but we can play much better. I don’t think we played – or executed – nearly enough to what we’re capable of. And so that part is something we need to address. We’re better than the way we played Saturday night, so we need to work on some things to rectify that. But it was great to get a win; it was great to see our kids overcome through some adversity and to continue to battle and to compete. That part being said and putting that to bed – 24 hours is up – it was great to get the win and it was a tremendous atmosphere here Saturday night, the blackout against Arizona. We’ll move forward, and we’ll get ready to play Oregon here Saturday: The last game at Husky Stadium; all the things going on – the ’91 team coming back, coach (Don) James doing the coin toss, senior day – all the stuff that’s coming into the game. One of the unique challenges for us to to focus on the task at hand – and that’s playing the Oregon Ducks, with LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, and DeAnthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner, and (Josh) Kaddu, Dion Jordan, (John) Boyett – all the stuff they have – we have to make sure that we’re focused on the team of the Oregon Ducks and not get caught up in all the things that are surrounding the ball game and prepare for the Ducks. When the ball game comes around and we have opportunities to enjoy the experiences Saturday night, enjoy them when they are presented to us.”

— Here’s the video:

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