Here’s a few quick notes from coach Steve Sarkisian’s weekly press conference.
— RB Jesse Callier and sophomore DE Haoli Jamora, who missed the season opener, are out for the season with ACL injuries. Callier will redshirt this season. Not sure about Jamora, who had surgery last Thursday.
— RT Ben Riva suffered a broken bone in his forearm. He’s seeing a specialist and it’s unknown when he’ll return.
— Sark said nine players on the roster have had some type of ACL injury. The team is studying why there’s so many knee injuries, but doesn’t have solid answers.
— Sark on the loss of Callier: “We’re going to find out more about Bishop Sankey in a hurry.” Sark said Callier could have done a better job blocking and reading holes. He said Callier ran “a bit conservative after the fumble. … He has to keep the ball high and tight.”
— Sark also said freshman Erich Wilson II, sophomore Willis Wilson and redshirt freshman Dezden Petty should also see action at tailback.
— To fill the loss of Riva, backup James Atoe will start at right guard and Erik Kohler, who started the season opener at right guard, will move to Riva’s spot at right tackle.
— Sark was generally pleased with the performance of the freshmen. He said: “All in all, nothing glaringly bad, nothing glaringly great. I think we’ll see them get better as we go on.”
— Sark singled out Desmond Trufant, Travis Feeney, Talia Crichton as the defensive stars. He noted Tre Watson and Shaq Thompson made some big plays.
— Sark said he was happy with the win, but thought the team could play better. He quoted basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy and said: “Don’t condone in victory what you wouldn’t in defeat.”
— And finally, quarterback Keith Price talked about traveling to LSU on Saturday. He said: “The competition is a lot different. Know offense to San Diego State. I’m going to make sure I’m on my A-game. I’m not a man of too many words. I just got to make sure I go out there and make plays.”
— On the San Diego State game, Price said: “I just left so much out there on the field.”
— Price said he came out of the game uninjured. “I feel lovely,” he said. “I’m a little sore. I could sprint right now if I needed to.”
That’s it for now. Bob Condotta will have more later.