As we usually try to do on Monday, here are a few notes from Steve Sarkisian’s radio show. …
— Sarkisian elaborated a little on his criticism of his playcalling Saturday night, saying in particular that he thought they had a good plan early and should have stayed with it. He said San Diego State’s defense stayed the same throughout the game and that “we should have been back doing what we did in the first half because they never changed.”
— He also said that as it became obvious SDSU was ganging up on the run he should have thrown more passes in running situations and should “have been throwing the bal more on first and 10 to get him (Keith Price) some easy completions .. maybe reversed my philosophy in the second half as we started to struggle a little bit …”
— A caller asked if Sarkisian has ever thought of scripting plays to start the second half as he does the first. Sarkisian said it has been a thought and that he talked about that Sunday with new offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau and that they kicked around extending “to a larger number (the scripted plays) that the guys know are coming and can execute at a very high level.”
— Asked who will emerge at receiver to help support Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams, he said “the two guys naturally sitting there are Kevin Smith’‘ and Jaydon Mickens. He said as Price’s comfort level with each grows he expects each to make more catches.He said Kendyl Taylor will also get into that mix. He said he’s not sure ASJ can continue to get nine receptions every game but he wants Williams getting about six a game and a few of the others 3-4 and “then we are in the right framework.”
— He said when Jesse Callier was injured that “a pretty big part of the gameplan went out the window.” But he also said he thinks some of the other backs can emerge tp where “I think we can get back to that quickly.” He cited Dezden Petty and said to expect to see him in pro formation sets running downhill.
— He elaborated on the Callier injury and said “I didn’t realize it was the severity it was when it occurred. Most guys, when they tear an ACL, they are on the ground and in pain and the trainers are on the field. He literally got up and walked off the field and at the time we had an issue with the down markers … I was completely enamored with is it first or second down and then we actually score on the next play.”
— There was much discussion about the number of injuries UW has suffered this season and he noted again that Callier, Hau’oli Jamora and Deontae Cooper were all injured in non-contact situations. He said Jamora was injured “just turning and running.” He said they are having a lot of talks in the football office to try to see if there are any common traits to the injuries.
— Asked if the Huskies might have been saving some things for LSU, he said “I do think there were some things that maybe we did offensively to set a couple things up and maybe some things we kept in our back pocket that would better serve us to run against LSU than against San Diego State.”