Steve Sarkisian met with the media today and reaffirmed junior Keith Price, who has struggled this season, will remain at quarterback.
Here are a few other notes.
— Sark said the disappointing loss at Arizona will test the character and resolve of the team. He spoke to the team about it last night. “At times like this, at times of adversity you really get acquainted with yourself,” he said. “The conversations within are the ones that are critical to us.”
— He believed UW had a good plan, but admitted it wasn’t a good plan and said the Huskies were beat in all three phases.
— On Oregon State, Sark said he’s impressed with how coach Mike Riley has led them to an undefeated season at this point. He said it’s going to take a group effort to win Saturday. He said he’ll be proud of UW when things turn around.
— Sark said the Huskies had a good practices last week, but the team didn’t have the same type of execution in the past few games.
— Sark said Price missed a couple of reads and a couple of throws.
— On Price, Sark said “He’s trying really hard. He’s an ultra-competitive kid and I like that about him. … He’s trying to rely on him to figure it out. My point to him is I wouldn’t do anything to ever put him in a situation that I don’t think he can be successful. … I want him to believe in me as much as he’s believing in himself.”
— Last year, Sark and Price had a great chemistry and Sark admitted this year it’s “lessened.” He said: “We’ll get it back. I just want to get it back sooner than later.”
— More on Price, Sark said he’s trying to see guys get open rather than anticipate they’ll be open. He thinks Price is late with throws because he’s holding on to it rather than letting it go and trusting the receivers will be where they should be. He said Price is not throwing the ball with the same amount of zip and velocity that’s normal.
— Sark said: “I really like this football team. … They do everything we ask them to at least to the best of their ability. … Trying to find the best way to connect with these guys and stay connected to these guys to get them success. … I’d like for them to maximize their potential. … When we do, we’ll be pretty good. We just haven’t found the right formula yet. I always felt I could connect with the team and they can respond to me.”
— Sark admitted he didn’t push all the right buttons in Saturday’s 52-17 loss at Arizona.
— When asked if he’d consider replacing Price, Sark said: “That’s a crazy thought. Keith Price is our quarterback.”
— Still in lieu of the team’s road losing streak, Sark said he’s thought about changing other aspects of the team such as its routines away from home. He said: “Maybe we rely on our fans to much. … Somewhere in here we’re going to have to rely on on the 100 or so who get on the airplane with us.”
— Sark said he was impressed with Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He liked how DiAndre Campbell blocked. He’s trying to find ways to get the ball to Cody Bruns, Jaydon Mickens and Marvin Hall.
— Sark said the Huskies have been in this situation before where they’ve had a series of lopsided defeats. “We talked to the team about this last night,” he said. “Your belief has to be stronger than ever. It can’t be about hope. … We have to play with belief, not hope.”
— Sark said the right side of the offensive line played pretty good, but admitted the left side did not play well. He noted sophomore Mike Criste won the job over freshman Shane Brostek.
— When asked about the officiating, Sark said: “I didn’t agree with all of the calls. … You just try to control what you can control. Be mentally tough. Persevere and move on.”
— Sark admitted the Huskies have struggled defensively against up-tempo teams.
— When asked if there’s trust issues between him and the team, Sark said: “You’d probably have to ask them, but I don’t think so at all.” He noted how positive he felt after Sunday’s team meeting.
— On Oregon State’s secondary, Sark said Jordan Poyer is a great player. He said Ryan Murphy has stepped his game up. He also said OSU has good depth and is playing at a high level. “Their kids have grown into the situation,” Sark said.
— On OSU quarterback Sean Mannion, Sark said he’s not forcing the football like he did last year. He said Mannion has been impressive.