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October 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Thursday from Montlake

The Huskies are off the field following their Thursday practice.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian met the media afterward and in one bit of personnel news, said that right tackle Ben Riva could be back this week. Riva has not played since breaking his forearm against San Diego State. He’s been listed on the depth chart the last two weeks but has not played. However, he did suit up last week, an indication he was getting closer to returning.

“We’re hopeful (he’ll be back),” Sarkisian said today. “Especially with a guy coming off that significant of an injury it will probably be more of a gametime decision. But we are hoping we can get something out of him.”

Otherwise, Sarkisian said it is pretty status quo personnel wise saying that “we’re looking pretty good for the guys that have been available, we are looking pretty good.” You can probably read into that that Shaq Thompson may be able to go — Sarkisian said on his radio show Monday he would likely be able to play — and that no other players who have been out will be returning.

You can watch what Sarkisian said below, and after that are some quotes:

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On how important this game is to jump-start the second half of the season: “I think there’s quite a bit of significance. We’ve been in some real hard-fought battles, and so have they. I think both teams would love to come out the second half of the season and start fast, come out and establish themselves and playing good football. I think both teams recognize – at least we do – recognize the significance of this one for the second half of the season and getting some momentum for the second half of the season and really playing well.”

On why Matt Scott is a good fit for Arizona’s system: “He’s got a very quick release, he’s a really good runner and then he has enough arm strength so when they do take their shots to throw it down the field he has the ability to do that. So he’s really good in their quick game, he’s really good in their zone read stuff, and then to throw it down the field he’s got the arm strength to do it.”

On if he’s doing anything similar to what he did two years ago: “I wouldn’t say they are the same, but they are similar – the no-huddle approach, the shotgun-oriented offense and all that stuff. It’s similar, but I’m sure from a verbiage standpoint and all that it’s very different.”

On if it helps from a defensive standpoint already having played Oregon: “I think that helps in understanding the tempo of it and having a game-like situation that way and not just in practice…understanding TV timeouts and timeouts and first downs and out of bounds and the ball getting spotted…we generally in practice try to make it harder than it really is in the games and going as fast as we can go, but sometimes the guys realize in the games it can slow itself down a little bit. We’re prepared for as fast as they can go, and now we’ve to tackle them.”

On Ka’Deem Carey and how dangerous he is: “He’s such a versatile guy. Ka’Deem is a tremendous player, he’s had a great year so far obviously running the football and what he does – but he’s such a threat out of the backfield to catch the ball, whether it’s in their screen game or the wheel route out of the backfield into the boundary…he’s a real threat that way.”

On if they’ve played a team that has used a RB in the same way: “Oregon does it quite a bit too, you have to prepare for that stuff with Oregon of them getting the ball to De’Anthony (Thomas) or Kenjon (Barner) out of the backfield that way as well. They are probably the most similar in that sense…but the difference is that it’s Ka’Deem Carey. There’s not two of three different guys. We know 25 is going to be their guy back there, so we’ve got to find a way to tackle him – especially when he gets to the second level because he will at times and he does a real nice job of making safeties miss, so we need to tackle well.”

On if there is someone to spell Bishop Sankey Saturday: “We’re hoping Kendyl Taylor can continue to expand on his role. Making the transition from receiver to running back isn’t always the easiest, especially mid-season. But Kendyl has shown us some real bright spots and different things running the ball and catching the ball, so hopefully his role can expand. I’d like to get Dezden Petty a bit more involved because of his physical running style and what he brings — he’s been productive when he’s gotten in. And then we’re always looking for ways to get Erich Wilson some carries because he’s such an explosive back. I don’t know how much it is going to change from a distribution standpoint. We do recognize the heat in this ball game, especially early in the ball game in Tucson. So we will probably try to spell Bishop a bit more earlier in the game so that we can have him fresh in the second half.”

On looking at what Oregon has done and Arizona and if Matt Scott is as much of a threat to run as Marcus Mariota: “He can run. I don’t know if he’s as fast as Marcus — Marcus is elite speed. But Matt Scott can run, believe me. And he will hurt you with his legs, especially when they hit the fringe and into the red zone — he’s a real threat to run the ball.”

On how much of his running is designed versus scrambling: “I think it’s relatively designed. He has escapeability, but it’s relatively designed. Zone read is a zone read,m he’s reading the defensive end or the different things that they do. But he has enough improvisation to his game that when things break down to pull it down and run. But the majority of his stuff comes on designed stuff, designed runs.”

On having to manage personnel for the heat: “I think we will be okay. We obviously dealt with pretty extreme heat at LSU. It’s a night game, it’s going to be 80s or so at kickoff time but it will dip into the 70s as the game gets going so we should be okay.”

On if it helps to have already played on the road against two top teams: “I think we’ve got some things we can take away from those games to learn from, from an energy standpoint and a composure standpoint, that you have to execute when you go on the road. To go back to LSU, the opening kickoff we caused the fumble, we get an opportunity to score seven points right off the bat and we failed to execute. We go to Oregon and get a couple of stops on defense but when we muff a punt and throw a pick six. So the start of the game for me going on the road is critical for us that we really come out and execute really well. Focus, detail-oriented, really doing our jobs so that we can play four quarters of football and not keep having to come from behind when we are on the road. That’s something we can take away from the last two times we have been on the road.”

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