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December 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Saturday practice notes

The Huskies are off the field following their Saturday practice in the Dempsey Indoor.

Frankly, not a ton of news as there didn’t appear to be much of note personnel-wise. Nick Montana wasn’t there for some of it as he had to take a final. But everything else seemed status quo.

As notable as anything may have been the recruits present. There were at least 11 (Dawgman.com has a list here) and those who were noticed included seven in-state recruits — Lakes High offensive lineman Zach Banner, Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist, Mariner RB KeiVarae Russell, Auburn OL Cory English, Gig Harbor punter Korey Durkee, Kennedy athlete Jason Thompson and Juanita OL Nathan Dean. Others I saw were JC OT Nathan Menelik and WR Dwayne Washington. Washington, Lindquist, Durkee, Thompson and Dean have already committed but are simply taking their official visit.
The team was in full pads for the first time since the end of the season, and UW coach Steve Sarkisian said he liked the way the team practiced better than on Friday, which he had thought was a little sluggish. Since the Alamo Bowl against Baylor is still a ways away, the heavy gameplanning has yet to start and this was a practice still largely devoted to regular team work and fundamentals.

“We got some really valuable work in as far as situational stuff — first down, third down, a lot of no-huddle work and it was good,” he said. “I thought their spirit, their energy was better than yesterday.”

Sarkisian was also asked about two other news events of the day — the chance that Baylor’s Robert Griffin III could win the Heisman, and the hiring of Jim Mora at UCLA.

Here’s what he said about Griffin:

On the Heisman and if Griffin wins it and if it changes anything about the game: “I don’t think he gets any better or gets any worse in three weeks. He’s a great player, we understand that. They have a tremendous system that really fits what he does well, his ability to throw the ball and run the ball and extend plays, the up-tempo at which they do things. So I don’t think he is going to change a lot in two-and-a-half, three weeks. He is what he is – he’s a great player and we have to not only prepare for him but all the skill players on their offensive side of the ball. They are a tremendous offensive football team.”

On if that will fire up the defense: “I mean, just watch the film — if we are not fired up now I don’t know what is going to make us. It’s pretty clear when you look at the film.”

On if it would elevate the spotlight on the bowl: “It would be great for the bowl. It’s obviously already a great matchup of two high-powered offensive football teams and two teams that generate a lot of excitement. I think it will be tremendous for the fans that are in the dome and also for a national stage, a primetime game with the country watching, it should make for an exciting game.”

And what he said about Mora:

On Jim Mora being hired at UCLA: “I’m losing a neighbor, I know that much. Jimmy lived right around the corner from me. He’s a great coach, a good man, a good hire for them.”

On how it will impact the Pac-12: “It is what it is in our conference. Whoever it is that they hired, it would have been a good coach. We only know one way to go — we’ve got to recruit like crazy and coach like crazy and put our kids in the best position to be successful and that wouldn’t have changed regardless of who was there. But I’m happy for Jimmy and his family.”

On if his area ties would impact recruiting around here at all: “I don’t know. Who we recruit against is irrelevant to the way we recruit. We are passionate about the process, we believe in the process. We dedicate ourselves to the recruiting process. So regardless of who is coming into the state to try to take our players out of here, that part of it is not going to change the way we approach it.”

You can see all of his session with the media in the video below:

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