Nothing much in terms of new information from coach Steve Sarkisian at today’s press conference, but quarterback Keith Price opened up quite a bit about his frustrations after Washington’s 3-2 start.
Here’s some notes from Price.
— Price said he has to channel his emotions and learn to be disciplined and not try to do his own thing when the Huskies are struggling offensively.
— Price said he has to stick to the camp rules and said he’s been getting away from that. The rules are simple things like sticking to the reads and letting the offense work for itself and letting guys make plays.
— Price said he has to forget about last year. He said losing James Johnson and Jesse Callier was big and called it a different challenge.
— Price noted UW gave up one sack and credited the offensive line, line coach Dan Cozzetto. He said talking to the linemen is different than talking to the receivers.
— Price said he has to focus on himself and not worry about everyone else. He said he has to enjoy the game. He admitted that he hasn’t been playing with the same passion and swagger that he had last year. He met with Sarkisian, who echoed those sentiments. “I’m anxious to get back to that and you guys will see a lot of that this week,” Price said.
— “I’m pressing too hard and I’m trying to be something that I’m not,” Price said. He said he’s trying to be serious and he’s more of a carefree-kind-of guy.
— Price said it’s hard to have fun when you’re frustrated. He wants to go back to his rules and making the game easy for him and the Huskies.
— He said he hasn’t “snapped” on too many people, but admitted that he hasn’t had the same mentality that he had last year. “But it will get better. I feel a lot better. I feel a lot more confidence,” he said.
— Price said when things go awry he’s going to let the coaches make the fixes and concentrate on playing football. “I’ve been having a tough break these past couple of weeks, but I’ll get back on the horse,” he said.
AND HERE’S SARKISIAN:
— When asked about USC coach Lane Kiffin, Sarkisian said he has a “great deal of respect for Lane and what he’s done there. They have a great football team.”
— Sarkisian said he felt frustrated after the Oregon defeat. He believes the Huskies are still a good football team. He said: “I believe we have a good plan in all three phases.”
— When asked about the passing game, Sark said: “I think we’ve addressed our run game and our run game has responded. Now we need to address our passing game so we can become a balanced offensive team.”
— Sarkisian praised running back Bishop Sankey who has had three straight 100-yard rushing games. He also gave a compliment to Kendyl Taylor.
— Despite the lopsided loss, Sark said the Huskies improved last week. UW gave up one sack and noted quarterback Keith Price could have avoided the sack with a pass on that play.
— When asked if Price – a junior – is going through a sophomore slump, Sark said: “No.”
— Sark said Price has been “too hard on himself.” He noted UW lost some offensive linemen and a few running backs and said Price might be trying to do too much.
— On Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley, Sark said he has a vast understanding of the system because he’s been with USC the past four years. Barkley also shows composure in the pocket and Sark said he’s an excellent leader.
— On Oregon, Sark said there were some plays that impacted the game in all phases of the game. He noted the dropped punt, a blown coverage by the defensive backs and Price’s pick six. “Once we settled in, I think we could have hung around and made that a much better game,” Sarkisian said.
— On Autzen Stadium, Sark said “I didn’t think the moment was too big.” He said UW only had one false start penalty.
— On Marvin Hall’s muffed punt, Sark said he gave the OK from the sideline to Hall to return the punt when in fact the Oregon gunner was barreling down on Hall. Sark said videos show Hall taking a peek at the Oregon player, which probably led to the fumble.
— On Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Sark said he’s second in the nation among tight ends in receptions. Sark doesn’t think defenses are playing him any differently.
— Sark said the Huskies will “get back on the horse,” following what he described as a frustrating loss.
— On the offensive line, Sark noted Dexter Charles and Shane Brosteck and Micah Hatchie when asked who has played well recently.
— Sark said he inherited a spread, zone-read offense and has implemented the schemes he ran at USC. The Huskies still do shotgun formations and zone-read stuff just like the old days, but they also do two-back formations like he did at USC.
— Sark said USC is “probably the most talented team in the conference when looking at the starting 22.”
— On UW’s schedule, Sark said: “You can’t worry about who you just played and you can’t worry about who is coming. You got to worry about the task at hand.”