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September 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Steve Sarkisian on PSU “A healing process”

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Here’s a quick rundown of Steve Sarkisian’s press conference this afternoon.

Erik Kohler underwent an MRI on Monday morning, which leaves a hole at right tackle. He’s a long shot to play Saturday and the Huskies have a bye next week. Sark wasn’t sure if it will be a long-term injury at this point.

— The Huskies would like to keep Drew Schaefer at center and leave Micah Hatchie at left tackle. On Hatchie, Sark said: “He showed some bright sides against two of the best defensive ends he’ll probably see all year.”

— Redshirt freshman Dexter Charles who was the backup at left tackle may get a look at right tackle.

Nate Fellner and Jamaal Kearse are scheduled to begin running on the treadmill this week. Ben Riva and James Johnson are still a few weeks away from recovering.

— Sark lamented a handful of mistakes on the offensive line that led to sacks and botches in the secondary that resulted in big plays. He also said it’s difficult to overcome 13 penalties.

— Sark called Saturday’s game against Portland State “a healing process.”

— When asked if he re-thinks scheduling a team like LSU, Sark said: “No. It makes you want to puke. That’ how I felt the past 48 hours because we’re better than that.

— Sark said quarterback Keith Price may be distracted by the personnel changes on the offensive side. “He can’t control if the left tackle doesn’t get out of his stands. … He can’t control if the running back misses a block. … He can control what he does.”

— Sark said the 13 penalties isn’t indicative of Washington and said the team will address the problems this week.

Justin Glenn played in the second half because Will Shamburger hurt his eye and needed 14 stitches to heal a cut. Shamburger is questionable for Saturday because there is a considerable amount of swelling that needs to go down.

— Sark on the injuries: “We’ve dealt with some pretty significant injuries on or roster … but we’re more than capable to win big football games and we’ll see that as we go on.”

— Sark said the adversity is as high as it’s ever been since he’s been at UW. He said: “Something good is right around the corner. … Sooner or later, we’ll get a good hand. … In the meantime you got to keep fighting, scratching and clawing and doing the little things right.”

— More from Sark: This week is totally about us and our ability to play the best quality of football. … Geting ourselves right and putting what we do right on the field and seeing if that’s good enough to win.”

— When asked what he learned about the running backs and receivers, Sark said he hopes Bishop Sankey can get his confidence going. He was encouraged by Kevin Smith. He said UW needs to be more creative to get Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams the ball. He would have liked to have gotten Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor more opportunities.

— Sark said there’s some miscommunication that exists between Price and the receivers.

— When asked if Shaq Thompson could play offense, Sark said the UW staff has considered it, the freshman standout will stay on defense at this time. Sark said it wouldn’t be fair to Thompson and stressed good teams need a strong defense. He said Thompson has a big impact on the defensive side of the ball.

CORRECTED: 3:31 p.m.

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