UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on KJR-AM today with Dave “Softy” Mahler. You can listen below.
Here are a few transcribed highlights:
— Asked some general thoughts on the spring he said he “saw quite a bit of individual improvement. Saw a lot of young players who redshirted last season who made strides. … ultimately I saw a football team that is beginning to mature and that starts with Keith (Price). … a lot of really cool positives. …and saw some areas where we still need to improve (he then mentioned specifically the kicking game, offensive line). So a lot of good, still some question marks out there and still some room to grow for this program the next four months before training camp.”
— Asked about Price’s ability to run he said “I think we will see more of it but I don’t think Keith will ever be considered a running quarterback.” He said he envisions Price more as a guy who can use his legs when he needs to and in the red zone, but not as a regular part of the offense. “But it’s always great to have that in your back pocket. … more than anything those legs come into play in your ability to buy time.” He said Price is “one of better players been around in ability to bide time and make plays off of that.”
— Asked if he was concerned about the play of the offensive line in the Spring Game he said “I’m really not as concerned about our front line guys” and noted that of the seven sacks, five came against the backup line and that one of the others was the result of what he said was a quick whistle. He said he expects Drew Schaefer and Colin Tanigawa back for the fall.
— Asked if he’s pleased with the progress of Erik Kohler he said “oh, without a doubt” and said that “In a perfect world” Kohler would have redshirted in 2010 and played as a reserve last year.
— Askeed a few players who had standout springs, he mentioned, to list a few, Sean Parker, Desmond Trufant, Tre Watson, Justin Glenn, John Timu, Kasen Williams and Bishop Sankey.
— Asked about the backup QB job, he said he expects Derrick Brown, Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist to all battle it out in the fall. He said he thought Brown progressed a lot during the spring.
— Asked if they’ve gotten a clearer idea what happened with Chris Polk falling in the draft he said “we really haven’t” but that he “loves the way Chris is handling this” and thinks he’s in a good spot with the Eagles and that he hopes “Chris can continue to use this as a motivational tool.”
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