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September 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Sarkisian quotes and video

Here’s the video of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s session with the media after practice today, followed by a few of the transcribed quotes:

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On possibly using the Pistol offense that Portland State runs: “You know we did dabble in it I guess with Jake (Locker) there, and I don’t know if that was his last season or the year before, I think it was our second season, we did dabble in it and it was good for us, and it allows you to open some things up from a quarterback run standpoint. We haven’t gotten into as much this year, but there could be a game or two where we dabble in it again but it’s a nice offense and they do it well, they obviously have an expertise in it with Nigel (Burton) coming from Nevada, and obviously Nevada, what they’ve done, and now what Nigel’s doing, it’s a difficult offense, especially when you really invest in it and that’s what you do. There’s a lot of misdirection to it, there’s a lot of formations to it, there’s a lot of deception and there’s just a bunch of trick type plays to run off it to get the defense stuck looking at one thing and doing something else.”

How far is he from knowing what his O-line looking like for Saturday: “Thursday’s are always the best day for us to tell because it takes time for guys to kind of recoup, it takes time for guys to get out some of the soreness from a ball game, and so I think Thursday is realistic for us, once you get to Friday that’s too late for me.”

On the offensive line being challenged to get to another level this week?: “This is a little bit different, we’re challenging them there’s no doubt, we had a good challenge last week at LSU and a pretty good challenge against San Diego State from a schematics standpoint. I don’t think it’s about want-to with this group, I don’t think it’s about being a physically tough group, we just need to execute better, we need to communicate better and do things better for an extended period of time. We’re just spotty right now, and we’ll go three plays really good and then we have a bad play and those bad plays can really hinder a drive. We’re fighting for consistency, we’re challenging the guys to work together as a cohesive group, as five guys, and all signs are pointing to that being what we see on Saturday, but ultimately we have to perform on the field when the lights are on when myself or coach (Dan) Cozzetto aren’t out there with them telling them what to do and how to do it.”

On how far the offense is from the next level: “I’m not sure, we need to first and foremost put a good drive together, and then putting another one and another one together of consistently doing things right and I think we have the people in place, are we in an ideal situation? No, I think we are all aware of that but I think we have enough pieces in place to be a very good offensive football team. We can’t just look at the end result, we need to get right in front of us and then take the next step and the next step and the next step. I think that’s the mindset our guys have right now, they’ve had two really good days of practice, practicing with a purpose and that’s been a goal of ours, not just offense, but all three phases, that we are practicing with a purpose, and we are seeing that and hopefully that translates on Saturday.”

On how much of that offensive progression relies on Keith Price: “I think that’s part of it, I’ve touched on this earlier in the week, I want 17 to worry about 17 and not have to try to take responsibility for everybody and allow us coaches to do a lot of that. I think he’s had a really good week, he’s been in a really good frame of mind and throwing the ball well and understands the game plan and for him, he’s not going to throw seven touchdowns on one pass, he’s gotta go out and allow the plays to work and he’ll get his plays as we go.”

On playing an FCS school and looking at it differently after what happened against EWU last year: “I’ve mentioned Portland State one time to our guys, and it was what we talked about Monday, this week has been dedicated to us, and getting to playing a brand of Husky football that we’re proud of the product that we put on the field and that’s been the intent. Obviously we have our Scout team periods where we are game-planning them, but from a mental standpoint, we’re looking right at ourselves. It’s what’s right here and the pride in which we play the game of football, the intelligence we play it with, the physicality we play it with and the execution we play it with and those are the main goals. It really isn’t about who we are lining up against this week.”

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