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September 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Video — UW coach Steve Sarkisian

UW coach Steve Sarkisian met with the media today for the final time before Saturday’s game against Portland State. No real personnel news, but I’ll pass along a few transcribed highlights and then the video below:

On if Portland State’s defense will change with the firing of defensive coordinator Eric Jackson: “This has been Nigel’s defense anyway, this is what he has done since he was at Oregon State all the way to Nevada and then back, so no they won’t change.”

On what are the characteristics of PSU’s defense: “Well they play an aggressive style in that they play quite a bit of man to man on the wide receivers and really try to keep the box intact with their 3 linebackers to defend the run and rely on their safeties to be that eighth defender in the run game. They’ve got a very good defensive front with the transfer, (Marquis) Jackson, (Bryant Long) on the other side and then a local kid Julius Moore on the inside. Those are three Pac-12 defensive linemen playing for them and that’s where their defense starts, they rely on those guys to get pressure on the quarterback and fuse the running game.”

On how the Huskies handled the blitz in the first two games: “We got blitzed extensively the first game for sure and that’s San Diego State’s brand and style of defense. I don’t know if it was as much against LSU, I thought LSU did a good job of relying on their front four to create pressure, they did it in a variety of ways. We’re going to get it from Portland State as well. I think we’ve done an adequate job, I think when people pressure you and blitz you, you have to create big plays off of the pressure and we haven’t done maybe as good as job of that at making them pay in the secondary when they are in those one on one scenarios so it’s been a big point of emphasis of ours of making those plays in our one on one settings.”

On how close UW is on getting big plays on offense: “I think they were just a little bit off. The continuity is just a little bit off, we’re just a hair off here and that doesn’t mean we won’t get there, it is just taken us a little longer than we’ve liked.”

On the running back’s play this week in practice: “I thought this was their best week of work, especially the two young guys, I thought Erich Wilson and Dezden Petty had another good one today. Bishop will still be our lead feature back but I think we are more comfortable getting Dezden or Erich in the game and getting them in the flow of the game.”

On defending Portland State’s offense: “Man you got to be disciplined, you have to be disciplined against the Pistol. Who has the dive? Who has the option? Who has the quarterback? And then the second thing that is really key is getting lined up. They do a lot of kind of, I don’t want to say oddball formations, formations into the boundary that you have to get lined up and do your assignment really well and be disciplined with your eyes and do your job.”

On Portland State throwing the ball more than in the past: “The same thing, being disciplined and when we are in man to man coverage, covering your man without looking at the quarterback or the dive and the next thing you know it’s a play action and they throw it over your head so being disciplined and the other thing they do a nice job of it is the designed quarterback runs, they have a big quarterback and he’s a physical runner and they have designed runs for him that challenge as well so it’s a good offense, they do a nice job.”

On how Keith Price looks going into this game: “Keith was awesome today, best Thursday this year and I always want to feel good Thursday when we are done and he was fantastic and it was the most accurate Thursday he’s had and he was on point with what he was doing. He was playing fast so hopefully that plays out into Saturday, that he plays at a high level with good efficiency and a good energy about himself, because when he is that way, we’re generally better too, we have a tendency to feed off him when he’s in that frame of mind.”

On the offense and Keith being just a little off: “I don’t know if it is him so much, maybe. Just a couple bang-bang plays. I think too last week and there are four plays that stand out to me, the second play of the game, the angle route to Bishop, we don’t catch the ball, the third play the corner route to Jaydon (Mickens), in the second quarter the deep ball to Kasen (Williams) on their sidelines and he is out of bounds by an inch and then a third down play to Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) on their sidelines, he’s just out of bounds again so we’re just missing just a hair and so I think when we get clicking, it will only start to steamroll and get better and better and better and then we’re on the right path because we were good today.”

On the progress of the No. 2 tight end spot: “I feel better. Those guys have worked hard at it. We’re trying to spread the responsibilities out a little more whether it’s Michael Hartvigson, Evan Hudson, or now Josh Perkins, we’re trying to spread the responsibilities out a little more, not putting so much on their plate and they can focus on what they need to focus on, the things they do well, so that they can be successful when they get their opportunities.”

On Josh Perkins getting a bigger role: “Yeah he is, he’s done a nice job and I know that he kind of had a rough couple of days their in training camp and to his credit, he’s come to work everyday with a professional attitude and he’s earned his way onto special teams which is important for us at that position and is now earning playing time on offense, so I’m happy for him.”

On further explaining the new policy on not reporting injuries: “I don’t mind commenting, I think hopefully you guys can understand where we are coming from on this. We don’t have a rule that governs us by the NCAA or the Pac-12 that mandates us to report injuries and the majority of our conference does not. And as you start to get into conference play, it’s a pretty big competitive disadvantage if I’m telling the opponent ‘this is who is playing, this is who isn’t, this is who is going to be limited’ and I don’t get any information back. And until they change that rule, which they may, or may not, we have to put ourselves in the best competitive advantage to be successful on Saturday.”

On how the policy evolved: “I’ve been thinking about it and we’ve obviously endured what we’ve endured this training camp and early in the season with the amount of injuries that we’ve had and we’re gradually going to start to get some of these guys back and as guys start to come back, I’d like to have a little bit of something in my back pocket as we go into some ball games.”

And here’s the video:

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