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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 2, 2012 at 1:42 AM

More Sark bites

Here’s some more of what Steve Sarkisian had to say after the opener against San Diego State in handy written form:

On the injuries and how they impacted the offense: “We had a couple of guys go down so the huddle changes a bit. Jesse (Callier) injured his knee, he’s getting an MRI so we’ll find out what that is. And then Ben Riva fractured his forearm essentially. We tried maybe a little too hard offensively. We got out of ourselves and held onto the ball too much at quarterback and a credit to San Diego State, they did a nice job of pressuring us. When they were blitzing and throwing the quick stuff we just couldn’t quite step out of the tackle to create some big plays that you need to do when a team is playing that way against you.”

More thoughts on the game: “We leaned on Bishop (Sankey) quite a bit obviously, we’ll have to find a way to fill Jesse’s role if he’s out a significant time. I thought defensively especially early, we played really really well. Guys were flying around, they were playing hard, we got beat on a play that I still don’t know if it’s legal or not, I still got to find out. My interpretation of the rule is that you can’t substitute or you can’t run a play with the intent to deceive and I sure thought there was intent to deceive and then I thought we called timeout and we didn’t get a timeout called. Sometimes that just didn’t go our way on that play and then we missed the quarterback. (Ryan) Katz got out on some scrambles that I think is an area that we can fix quickly. Whether it’s (John) Timu, being free in the A gap blitzing or not losing contain on 3rd downs, we covered them well but we lost contain and he got out on some long runs. For guys that had to move positions, I thought (Travis) Feeney first game, wasn’t perfect, played hard, Shaq (Thompson) doing what he did out there, we saw a lot of new faces. Tre Watson with the interception. SO on that end it was good. Special teams wise, I thought we were okay. I would have liked to see Travis (Coons) hit the field goal. All in all it’s good to be 1-0 but I think we’re a better football team than this. But they have to be addressed and we have to start on that first thing on Monday.”

On if not having Callier changed the running game: “A little bit of ourselves there. We had a pretty decent plan for the two backs being in there together and it just wasn’t at a comfort level of getting to that stuff. That’s not an excuse. We should run the ball better than we did. We’ve got to find our identity in the run game — who are we? And how are we going to become that? Where our run game is, I don’t know if we’re going to lead the country in rushing but it needs to be a good complement to our passing game. Tonight it wasn’t where it needed to be.”

On San Diego State’s trick play touchdown: “They hid him on their sidelines coming out of the timeout. We’ll have to see. Part of the rule is that he has to come inside the numbers before he comes back out and it has to be after the official blows the play into play. They can only have 11 guys in the huddle so there is a lot of things to look at on the film. The rule at the end is with the intent to deceive, and it sure felt like there was an intent to deceive because they got us. In talking back, this happened a few years ago, I was part of this very similar play, I want to say I was at USC, and I want to say it was against the Huskies (it was, in fact, in 2006) and we did it on a field goal and threw that touchdown and I thought at that point that’s when the rule got changed. I kind of got burned on one of my own deals here.”

On Desmond Trufant’s injury: “Tru’s okay, he tweaked his hammy, we don’t think it’s serious. He was running, we kind of held him out precautionary, he went to run and his foot gave out. Kind of an awkward play. We think he’s going to be okay. And Princeton (Fuimaono) kind of banged his head — they don’t think it’s serious at all. Minor at best. He was kind of woozy on a big hit. That’s what happened with Jesse, there was no one around him and he kind of just fell down.”

On concern for offensive line and Ben Riva’s chances for playing soon: “I don’t know, I don’t know enough. I would say that’s doubtful for it to happen that way (playing with a broken forearm). Mike Criste got in and got to look at the film to see how he did. Again that’s why we practice and move guys around and be prepared for stuff like this. Potentially moving (James) Atoe back in at guard full time and moving (Erik) Kohler back out there at Tackle. Or leaving Criste in there and seeing what he can do. We got some options which is okay.”

On if he changed his play calls as the game went on: “The game got a little funky. I’ve called better games and I’ll call better games than I did tonight. I’ve seen Keith Price better than I have tonight. He just didn’t feel quite right, comfortable all the way through it. We’re probably not going to be great on offense if Keith and I just aren’t in the rhythm of the game so we’ll get better with that.”

On the pressure put on Price: “There was times where there wasn’t as much pressure and Keith maybe thought there was. And we can help him. We can do some better stuff to take car of him that way. I was glad that we were able to get the ball to Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) and Kasen (Williams). I wish we could have got the ball to Jaydon Mickens a bit more. Maybe Kendyl Taylor and some of our speed guys. Because when you play a team like that, that’s playing so much man to man and so much pressure you have to try to get the ball out to one on one settings. You have to win one-on-one settings because when you do, you make big plays. And you’re not going to get them out of that style of defense unless you make plays. If you’re nickel and diming your way down field, they will just keep eating you up. And we weren’t able to create enough big plays to get them out of that.”

On being prepared for all the fourth-down attempts: “I think we were. I thought we were prepared for it. So much of early in the season type games, and I saw it all day today and on TV and with our stuff tonight. Substitutions are always an issue. Special situations within the game are always issues. Some of those plays like we saw tonight. And penalties and how you respond to them. We were prepared in that aspect of it. They got us on a couple other things. That’s a good team. Rocky Long does a nice job. They are going to win a bunch of games this year.”

On the playbook compared to Eastern Washington or Baylor or somewhere in between last year: “Volume-wise we had a pretty decent amount in the game plan. A bit of my concern in the gameplan coming is I’m trying to protect our guys as best we can. We’re playing some young wideouts and I wanted to ensure they could have some success and not put too much on them. Two new tackles making their first starts. I wanted to take care of those guys. And when we lost Jesse there early in the first quarter, I wanted to make sure I could protect Bishop there too. We probably got scaled down there quicker than I liked. What I didn’t want to do was lose our stinger. I thought a little bit in there we lost our stinger. When we’re at our best, we’re an attacking football team and we stress you whether it’s through how we run the football, how we throw the football down the field with our up tempo stuff in no huddle how we change personnel groupings and that was probably mostly on me.”

On if the kickoffs were shorter than he would have liked: “Travis has just had a bit of a fatigued leg here as of late and so we almost went in with trying not to just burn yourself out here. And his groin had been a bit sore and the last thing I wanted was to swing and try to hit it as hard as he could and injure it to a worse degree. We just told him to strike it well and place it in the left hand corner and he did exactly what we wanted him to do. We just didn’t fit the first return. We fit it completely wrong. There were some things we are obviously going to be able to fix, they are glaring and we will be able to address them and fix them quickly.”

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