I’ve landed in Los Angeles, where for the moment it’s sunny and not all that bad out, though the forecast continues to call for it to turn pretty quickly.
While waiting for the rain to hit, a few notes and links to pass along. …
— Steve Sarkisian did his usual Friday guest spot on KJR-AM with Dave “Softy” Mahler. You should be able access it here. A couple of highlights:
— Asked an assessment of the physicality of the receivers last week, he said UW “just in general as an offensive football team last week were hesitant — I think you will see our receivers playing faster and more physical as well as our entire offensive team.”
— Asked about any potential changes to the offensive line he said there won’t be any at the start but that “we’ve gotten enough guys reps that if we need to make a change we can make a change and feel good about.”
— He said Kasen Williams will continue to have an expanded role in the offense.
— He again praised the defense last week against Oregon saying “I thought our defense played welll enough for us to win last weekend. You are not going to go out and shut out oregon. … the freshmen that are playing are starting to grow into their own now.”
— Said of James Johnson that “I think he will play. He’ll be limited. As we all know, a high ankle sprain is hard to bounce back from.”
— Asked about the Penn State situation, he said “I’m shocked and blown away.” But he saidd the lesson for other coaches is that “at the end of the day you do the right thing, not just on the field but off the field — with players and your staff, you do the right thing.”
— Asked the one thing that worries him most about the game he said “our ability to handle their front four, whether it’s in the run game or the pass game. I think there are opportunities to make plays against these guys but it’s got to start up front. We’ve got to be able to block those guys so we can take advantage of some opportunities down the field.”
In a few other notes. …
— Some of you have that the Husky Stadium renovation web cams linked last night are down. I don’t have any info on what is going on with those. But a UW official said today that the school plans to have one available soon via its HuskyStadium.com site. How soon “soon” is I don’t know, but it sounds like it will be, well, soon.
— UW reports it sold 2,000 tickets for the USC game, though as is always the case, there will surely be more Husky fans than that in attendance.
— Jon Wilner is taking USC straight up and against the spread.
— You can see how other fans are picking the game on Scott Wolf’s blog.
— The National Football Post ponders if Jake Heaps might leave BYU.