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October 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Wednesday Sarkisian video and quotes

UW coach Steve Sarkisian talked to the media following Wednesday’s practice.

Below is the video, and following that is some of the transcribed quotes of what he had to say:

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On if there is an update on Erik Kohler’s status: “He’s not playing.”

On preparing to face Oregon because of how complicated they are in all three phases: “I think if you are a team that doesn’t have any no-huddle to your offense it can be really difficult because when you try to implement that tempo of it for the defense it’s challenging when you try to do everything off of cards on the service team. We are fortunate in that we have quite a bit of no-huddle in our offense so we can almost service the defense with our offense from a tempo standpoint. They still have to work their plays and how they are going to fit all that stuff from a service standpoint, but from a tempo standpoint not as unique as it was maybe four years ago. The other two phases, they are relatively conventional outside of their field goal unit where they use a variety of formations for extra points and stuff. But outside of that they are pretty conventional.”

On doing as much no-huddle as they did against Stanford: “That was the plan going into the game. We wanted to use a good amount of no-huddle, especially in the first half of the game and that’s why we did it as much as we did.”

On what can be taken away from the 2010 game at Autzen: “I think what can be taken away from it is Keith (Price) having played in that stadium before. That was his first career start. So we definitely can take that away.”

On what Kasen Williams has done well lately: “He’s been practicing awesome. He’s been practicing so well and I think when you do that, that covers right over into the games and that’s why you play good in football games because you practice really well. Kasen has really adopted that mentality of every snap in practice is a championship snap and the end result is he is playing well on game day.”

On if Williams will get more attention now from defenses: “I don’t know that. I’m sure he will get some cloud coverage and stuff, but that’s not unique to what Oregon does, and so the key for us is to recognize what they are doing and adjust accordingly so he can have some opportunities.”

On going against longtime Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti who has been there for 20 years total and consecutively since 1999: “I think it’s great for continuity and I have a great deal of respect for Nick Aliotti. I think why I respect Nick is if you look at his defense 10 years ago it’s drastically different from what he is doing today. To show the willingness to change and adapt to what is going on in college football has been impressive.”

On if the running game has progressed to a place where it will loosen up opponents: “It’s been effective the last couple of games and we are hopeful it can be effective. We like to be a balanced offensive team. Run it, play-action pass, throw it. So it has been effective the last two weeks which is where we like to be.”

On if he wants a committee or one running back: “Just whatever is best for our team. If we’ve got a lead back that can do that, that’s great. If we have to give guys multiple carries and balance it out then that’s what we’ll do. I think Bishop (Sankey) right now has established himself pretty good as a lead back but we’ve got some other guys that are very capable.”

On what he likes about Kendyl Taylor in the backfield: “Just the versatility. He’s a guy that…when we lost Jesse (Callier) obviously we lost a lot of our offense, the stuff with the two tailbacks back there and throwing the ball to the back out of the backfield, things of that nature. He did it in high school, so he’s very comfortable being back there.”

On if he is getting into a rhythm in terms of play calling now that he is are starting to understand the identity of the running backs group: “I’m starting to figure out what they like to run and the things they are good at – which is important for me. You don’t like to be searching for runs. You like to know what you want to do and what you can do and then go out and execute it. We’ve seen that out of these guys. I’m starting to get an idea of what they can do well, which helps me as a play caller to find rhythm.”

On if it is important that Sankey had a breakout game to build momentum toward a bigger game: “I’d like to think so…we’ll find out. I don’t know that yet. I’d like to think that he’ll continue to build off of that, but that remains to be seen.”

On if the changes in pass protection has changed what Price does in terms of improvisation that much: “I don’t think that changes that much. We’re just trying to put ourselves in the best position to be successful and then allow him to be the player he’s capable of being – so I don’t think it’s changed that much.”

On if Oregon changes in the third quarter or if teams wear down: “I think they do a nice job of recognizing the defenses that they are getting faced with because you can only have so many going into the game because you have to get lined up. And then they start to call things that really fit to the defenses that they are seeing. I think they are a very well-conditioned team and I do think that once they recognize what they are getting they can speed things up a little bit. So the challenge is to make sure you have enough versatility in your calls defensively, that you’re in good condition so that you can play with the tempo and then ultimately the mental toughness to understand that I’ve got to get lined up and tackle really well even though I’m fatigued.”

On how he feels going into the game and if this could be the breakthrough year against Oregon: “It’s Wednesday, man. There’s a lot of days to go until we know. I think our guys have practiced well, but I don’t know.”

On how the offensive line has responded to the challenge this week: “They showed a lot of resolve the other night, Thursday night, and definitely in need of some improvement from a pass protection standpoint but I like their resolve, I like their ability to make the necessary blocks and the most critical moments – which is what I’ve been impressed with.”

On getting the needed yards on short yardage situations: “I thought they blocked their best at the most critical moments, which is what was impressive.”

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