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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Audio — Sarkisian on KJR-AM

UW coach Steve Sarkisian was on KJR-AM this afternoon with Dave “Softy” Mahler previewing Saturday’s game at Arizona.

Here are a few highlights. …

— He said he watched some of the Oregon game and said what stood out is that “we’re starting to see that Oregon’s defense may be a little better than it gets credit for.”

— There was a lot of talk of Oregon and the spread offenses and Sarkisan noted that the Huskies are incorporating more and more no-huddle stuff and said they will evaluate it in the off-season to see if they should do that more.

— He said the Huskies “have made some really cool adjustments” to the offensive gameplan for this week that he hopes will pay off.

— He said two keys for Keith Price are to continue running as he has the last two weeks but be smarter about getting down and taking care of the ball, and also continuing to be okay for taking the short completions that are there.

— He said he anticipates the energy level being better from the beginning, unlike a week ago.

— He said he circled this ballgame in training camp and talked about it to the team in training camp that this is the most important game they will play this season because it is the first game of the second half of the season. He said “there is an attitude and an energy and an emphasis” that needs to be there to set the tone for the second half of the season.

Hugh Millen told Sarkisian he’s not a fan of the white helmets. Sarkisian reiterated what he has said in the past that “17, 18 year old” kids like the white helmets and he said he thinks it’s critical to do those things for recruiting purposes. He noted that they took white helmets into their home visit for Sean Parker, though he said “you’d have to ask” Parker if it made a difference.

— He said he thinks the big key for the game is third downs and converting them on offense and then limiting Arizona’s conversions on third downs on defense.

You can listen below:

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