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December 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Sarkisian, Briles meet media to kick off Alamo Bowl

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian and Baylor coach Art Briles helped the Alamo Bowl kick off its month of activities in San Antonio, attending several different events, including a press conference.

These are two schools without much of a history with each other — they’ve played only four times and not at all since 1965.

And located two time zones apart, they also don’t run into each other much in any other fashion.

Asked if he recalled ever crossing paths with Baylor on the recruiting trail, Sarkisian said all he could remember was his own recruitment as a junior college quarterback in 1994.

He said a Baylor coach met with him “for about 15 minutes.” Otherwise, he said he thought that was the closest he had been to Baylor in recruiting.

Briles answered the same question with an obvious reference to Denver quarterback Cyler Miles (though without naming him), who is committed to UW. “There’s a quarterback out of state for both of us that we both made a run at that right now is committed to Washington,” he said. “That’s about the only time I can remember crossing paths with the Huskies.”

If rumors that Briles could be a candidate at both UCLA and Arizona State are to be believed, however, it’s possible their two paths could be crossing a lot more in the future.

Otherwise, many of the questions centered around Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, emerging as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

Sarkisian recalled watching ESPN Gameday earlier in the season when Griffin had more touchdown passes than interceptions. “The scary thing is when he creates with his legs, he can still hurt you running and throwing the football,” he said.

Sarkisian said the offense UW has played that most compares to Baylor’s is that of Oregon.

“With Robert Griffin there, it is no secret they rely on throwing the football more than Oregon,” he said. “But the pace and speed at whichc they play, (Oregon) is the most similar.”

That Baylor is second in the country in total offense at 571 yards per game while UW has also shown an ability to score — and with neither team boasting a great defense statistically — the obvious assumption is of a shootout.

“On paper you would think it would be a high-scoring game,” agreed Briles. But he said “the crazy thing about football” is that you just never know. “We are just going to go out there and do what we do and if it ends up being a 7-3 game, that’s just the way it is.”

There wasn’t much news revealed (the format was more of talking in general about the game). But Sarkisian did say he hopes Keith Price will be “if not 100 percent, close to 100 percent.” Both Sarkisian and Price have said in recent weeks there is a chance he may have to have some surgery at the end of the season, indicating that he has injuries that won’t necessarily completely heal by the end of this season.



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