The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday morning practice at UW.
As is evident in the video, it’s beginning to look a little more like football season, with some overcast skies greeting the Huskies today — though no rain. That, however, may come Saturday — a 90 percent chance of the ever-popular drizzle on Saturday, according to the Times’ forecast.
As always after Wednesday practices, UW coach Steve Sarkisian met the media. You can watch the video, or read the quotes below:
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And here are the quotes:
On recent success against USC: “Obviously we’ve had a chance to win a couple games. I think this, Washington-SC is a classic matchup and has been for decades now and for it to be a game of importance again now today as it was a ways back is pretty cool. I think both schools appreciate it, I think the players appreciate it. We obviously have a fair amount of kids from southern California. I think it’s good that the game is competitive and that it matters.”
On if he coaches to the fact that a lot of players are from southern California: “Never. I’ve never mentioned it, no. … I don’t think (it needs mentioning). There are just so many familiar faces for these guys on the other sidelines. And for them, too, that it just makes it natural.”
On not playing USC for a few years after this: “Seems weird. Kind of doesn’t seem right, you know? But the schedule is the schedule. It seems odd that we haven’t played UCLA the past two seasons, as well. But I think at the end of the day it’s probably the best thing for our conference to have 12 teams and have a north and a south, so hopefully we can make the most of this opportunity and then take a two-year break from the series.”
On how long it takes a quarterback to feel comfortable with the continuity of the offensive line: “It just always varies. Everybody is different, every situation is different. That part, I don’t know. I don’t that there is an exact number that it happens – a day, five days, two weeks. Everybody is different and every team is different.”
On if Price is still in that process: “No, it’s everything quite honestly. We addressed that with the offense already — we’ve all got to do our part and be attentive to the details and be accountable because football, it takes 11 guys every snap to be successful, everyone doing their job at a high level, executing and making their plays. And it only takes one of the 11 to make a mistake, whether it’s assignment error, fundamental error or technique error. If that occurs you can lose that snap. I think that’s been the most glaring thing for us right now — we’ll have 10 guys right and one guy might be wrong and inevitably we’re not executing in the passing game because of that. So we all have to take our part in that.”
On if run blocking is easier than pass blocking for young guys to figure out: “I don’t know. I think sometimes run blocking you are allowed to get your aggression out because you are moving forward, where in pass blocking the majority of time you are moving backwards. And so for guys like a Dexter Charles of a Shane Brostek, that kind of nasty, physical type of O-linemen, I’m sure they prefer moving forward the majority of the time than moving backwards. But I think it varies for each guy. Some guys are better pass protectors than run blockers.”
On run blocking having come along more quickly for this group: “I think it fits their mentality, their makeup a little better than maybe some other guys that might have had to step in.”
On what he has seen out of Kasen Williams this season that he has liked: “He’s practicing awesome. I think that’s the coolest thing. He had another great practice today. And what he has understood is the total package of the preparation off the field, the taking care of himself off the field, the practicing really well in practice. All of that stuff carries over to the game and when you build all of that up, oddly enough you play really well when the games come. And we’ve seen that out of Kasen. He has high expectations and demands on himself but he is preparing the way a real marquee premier lead receiver should be preparing, and it shows — that’s why he’s playing well.”
On if Williams thrives having higher standards: “I think he does. I think he didn’t quite understand what it took initially. I think he thought ‘oh, it’s just going to happen.’ You have to work at it and we really challenged him about the middle of spring football practice to make that change and he’s done it. He had a really good summer and he had a good training camp and he just continues to grow and get better and I’m proud of him for that.”