As is his usual Friday custom, Steve Sarkisian was on KJR-AM this morning for 20 minutes or so with Dave “Softy” Mahler and Hugh Millen.
He touched on a variety of topics, including. …
— Asked about the John Canzano column calling the Huskies soft and said it was similar to when you are a kid and you are challenged to go behind Safeway after school. He said he’d talked to the team about it but also said “you can say it all you want. You have to go show it.”
— There was lots of talk about Keith Price, a lot of it touching on similar themes from earlier in the week. But he reaffirmed his faith in Price as the starter and said he thinks Price is sort of like a slumping batter who just needs a bloop single to fall to get on a roll.
— In talking about what he thinks Price’s biggest issues have been of late, he said “he’s been a bit deliberate in his fundamentals, with his feet and his eyes and wanting to see it. When you are struggling you want it to go right, but you can’t play quarterback that way. You have to trust in your preparation and ability and anticipate the throws and you anticipate and throw an accurate football.”
— He talked about the trust issues and he said it’s in trusting that the play will work as designed and anticipating making the throw that is called for.
— He called the practices of Tuesday and Wednesday “two of the better practices we have had since I have been here” due to their physical nature and the one-on-one drills that were down.
— He intimated UW will try more deep passes tomorrow saying “we’re going to have to find ways to get some yards in chunks, — can’t just nickel and dime our way down the field. … If you don’t push it down the field guys are just going to sit on you.”
— Softy asked if Shaq Thompson will see any time on offense this season. Sarkisian said Thompson has “had a couple kind of lingering things, not injuries but things holding him back some, the ankle (suffered against USC). I’m sure there will be a day when he will be in the backfield for us, but not sure when that day is going to come.”
— He said former Huskies Dave Hoffmann and Lawyer Milloy, each being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame tonight, will speak to the team tonight, as well.
— Asked if he hears the criticism being directed at himself and the program, he said “I don’t hear it directly. … I’ll say this, the disappointment, the anger whatever people feel about the ball game, the season, is no higher than what we feel inside in this building and locker room. This is our lives and what we live 24-7, so when things go the way they have gone the last few weeks it’s not a great place to be. Nobody wants to get out of this state more than the people in this building and our locker room.”
Hear the full interview below:
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