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November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Notes from the Conference Call

Tuesday also marks the weekly Pac-12 coaches conference call. Here’s some of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian had to say:

— Asked about the team’s time at CenturyLink Field this season, he said “it’s been a good experience” but that “quite honestly, we can’t wait to get back to Husky Stadium because it’s our home.” He said there have been some differences there in changing some of the gameday routines but that they also have been fortunate to have a place like the CLink to use while Husky Stadium has been renovated.

— Asked about the progress of the offensive line, he said “I thought they’ve played really well the last two weeks. I think we have found a pretty good combination here. (Micah) Hatchie has improved at left tackle, Dexter Charles has steadily improved at left guard, getting (Ben) Riva back at right tackle has been big for us and the emergence of Mike Criste for us at right guard has been big and then (Drew) Schaefer in the middle.” He noted that other than Schaefer, all of those are freshmen and sophomores and that with the experience those players have gained and the players who could be back next season that “I feel good about the progress that we have made. I think they have matured the last two weeks and hopefully we can continue that the next three weeks.”

— He was also asked about Utah receiver/kick returner Reggie Dunn and noted that he has known Dunn “for about eight years” when Dunn (a native of Compton, Calif.) and his Verbum Dei team would come to USC passing league camps and other events there. He said USC recruited Dunn, though he ended up signing with Oregon State and then going to a JC before then signing with Utah. “He’s always been explosive and fast and had big-play ability, so we’re very aware ot if,” Sarkisian said.

— Also, Cal coach Jeff Tedford said he had no issues with the tackle by Danny Shelton of Cal QB Zach Maynard, on which Maynard suffered a minor knee injury that could keep him out this week. “No, the guy is diving for him and typically when guys dive at legs sometimes their momentum takes them and they are rolling to take guys down so they can’t step through tackles. I wouldn’t say that it was malicious or there was intent there at all.”

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