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September 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Sarkisian interview on KJR-AM

UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on KJR-AM this morning with Mitch Levy. The biggest revelation may have been that Sarkisian is a fan of Mumford & Sons.

But here are some other highlights:

— Sarkisian said he was very happy for the veteran players on the defense who have gone through a lot and were able to have that kind of a win. He said among the keys on defense was how calm the players were throughout and simply handled assignments and got lined up right.

— He said of the entire team that “we’ve got a good amount or pride in our locker room, too. This football team is maybe different than the ones we’ve had in the past. These guys are kind of self-starters. There is something within them internally and we’ve got great leadership. The challenges that I naturally pose to them they have already done it to themselves and in the lockerroom. They knew going into this game that they had to stop the run. They knew that. They are not na√Øve to what was going on around then. They did it stopped the run we ran the football.”

— He also said of UW’s running game that it “wasn’t a gimmick-type of run game. We ran inside zone. We got on guys, we blocked them, we fell forward when we were running the ball. And we knocked the pile back when we were on defense.”

— Asked about Bishop Sankey’s TD run and the timing of it, he said there was some thought on the sidelines to let the third quarter run out but he wanted to get it off right at the end of the quarter saying he is “always looking for just one more edge here or there. Give me something. … I think a little bit outside the box and sometimes people like it and sometimes they don’t, but I just felt like if we could get just a little hesitation there it would help us on fourth and one.” He said he thought it worked to create just a little opening and then Sankey

— Levy pointed out what rough sledding it was for the offense much of the night, and Sarkisian said “oh man, it was hard” and joked that he would have given his call sheet to Levy a few times. “They (Stanford) were really good up front,” he said. But he said UW knew that going in and that “you’ve got to have patience” on offense when going against a team like that. He said he “felt for” QB Keith Price with the struggles in protection and that they were trying to gap block instead of blocking man-to-man but that “that didn’t work out” so they just “totally invested” in the quick passing game. “We tried to make plays down field and we just couldn’t do it,” he said.

— Levy asked about the offensive line and where there will be any players returning anytime soon. Sarkisian said there was a chance that Ben Riva could be back for Oregon but that it was too early to say. It looks like Riva would be the only addition to the line this season, though, so what you saw last night is mostly what there will be going forward.

— Sarkisian said of the O-line that “the guys we had in there were battling and competing” and noted they did enough to allow Price and Kasen Williams to make the one play needed for the winning TD. “We’ll dig and we will keep grinding away and we will find a way to take our shots down the field,” he said. “Will it be as much as I would like? Probably not. But we will find a way to make it happen.”

— Sarkisian said of the offense that “we are going to adjust to our team and do the things we do well.” He said he continues to learn about the team and what it does well. “I get that we are young, but man, we are tough,” he said. “We are a tough group. And sometimes playing to the heart of our guys is a little more effective than playing to our minds. We will get there.”

— Levy asked if there was a thought to challenge the call that Marvin Hall was out of bounds on the long punt return. Sarkisian said he was “reassured by members of our staff that he had stepped out” and that to “use a challenge at this point is just not worth it” given that they had also blown the play dead during the run.

— Asked about the black uniforms and making it an every game thing, he said that won’t happen and that the Huskies will be “wearing white jerseys” down at Oregon next weekend. But he said that the black uniforms might be out again at some point this season.

— On the play where UW drew Stanford offsides on the final drive, Sarkisian said the play was initially designed to go on the first sound but he called Price over and changed the cadence to have it go on two and try to draw Stanford offsides. He noted that play was a testament to the way the offensive line played with discipline throughout. “The same guys who were getting beat on the pass rush won the game for us right there by not jumping offsides and allowing their veteran player to jump offsides and win the game.”

You can listen below:

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