Here are a few notes from Steve Sarkisian’s weekly radio show. …
— He talked about having Saturday off to watch other games and said he texted Doug Nussmeier the minute the Alabama-LSU game ended to congratulate him. He also talked again of his admiration for USC WR Marqise Lee and noted Lee has 877 total yards the last two weeks.
— Of reviewing the film of the Cal game, he noted that Kasen Williams “could have had about a 200-yard night we just couldn’t get him the football. His route-running was tremendous.” He also praised the way Josh Shirley covered C.J. Anderson on a wheel route on Cal’s final play, which he said helped to break that up. “It got a little ugly there for a while but at the end of the day it was great to come out of there with a win and a lot of things to learn from.
— Talking about UW’s defensive success in the red zone, he talked about the series to start the third quarter and said “I thought it showed a lot of resiliency by our guys the way they regrouped right there and held them to a field goal because that thing could have really started spiraling the wrong way right there. Our guys did a nice job in the red zone in winning on first down, forcing them into some third-and-long situations and making some plays on the ball.”
— Talking about Austin Seferian-Jenkins, he said he was impressed that “he made the competitive catch” in the two one-on-one situations in the third quarter. He said he thinks Keith Price is beginning to increasingly figure out that ASJ and Williams “don’t necessarily have to be open to be open” and is being more willing to throw the ball their way in one-on-one situations.
— Asked why Williams didn’t get the ball more in the second half when he had no catches, he said it wasn’t a matter of ignoring him but the ball just not getting to him a few times when it could have.
— Asked what he said to Jaydon Mickens after the drop of the long pass he said “get ready to get back going, you’re going to go right back in.” He said “that’s how you have to do it.” He said “Jaydon’s a special talent” but just a young guy learning his way at the moment and that “he’s going to get open plenty of times and we are going to throw it to him.”
— Asked about Keith Price’s fumble he said that’s a play where “you’ve got to throw it away” and they will continue to harp on that and emphasize that in practice. He said Price was trying to get it down the middle of the field to DiAndre Campbell but didn’t like the coverage and should have thrown it away sooner.
— In talking about the success Price had last year on scramble plays compared to this year, he said “maybe there was some pretty good luck with him last year on some of those plays and maybe this year there is some “un-luck” on some of those plays.”
— He said of the penalty calls that UW asked the Pac-12 to review that the Huskies were told that four of them were not the correct call. Sarkisian repeated what he said earlier that there appears to be a lot of penalties in the Pac-12 but that as long as there is an even playing field “that’s all you can ask for.”
— There was talk how the redshirt process works, and during that Sarkisian mentioned Erik Kohler as a player who will be eligible. Not really news there as that’s been assumed all along, but it was further confirmation from Sarkisian that that is what is happening with Kohler.