Here are a few quick notes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s radio show tonight (I had to be away from the radio for a little while during the show so I didn’t catch it all, and as always there was always a bit of repetition from the press conference):
— He said of the decision to start walk-on Drew Schultz on the defensive line that the Huskies were not sure what they would be able to get out of Semisi Tokolahi and Josh Banks and “wanted to start out doing things right.” Tokolahi and Banks were each able to play some, though, so they got in there as the game went on. He also noted they moved Danny Shelton outside at times and thought that worked well against how Utah runs, and he also said Andrew Hudson is playing some of his best football of the season.
— He said he continues to be impressed by the progress of the offensive line considering the injuries and the youth and the opponents UW has played this season and thinks it is playing as well now as it has all season.
— Talking of the 65 carries for Bishop Sankey he said he has always wanted to just do what will make the team be successful and that while he knows some may think he likes to throw the ball “at the end of the day I love running it, and you have to run it to win late in the year.”
— He explained again that UW wanted to kick the ball away from Utah kickoff returner Reggie Dunn so that explained all the short kickoffs. As for some of the short, line drive punts he said Utah really comes after punters so they wanted to roll out on punts and allow the coverage to get down better resulting in more of an end-over-end kick and maybe get a roll or cause a muff, which is what happened in the third quarter.
— In talking about using Austin Seferian-Jenkins at defensive end, he said ASJ actually got a lot of work at DE during practices for the Alamo Bowl last year and they thought about using him there to offset Robert Griffin III’s speed, but that they just never got to it. He said ASJ got some more snaps at DE during fall camp but his ankle injury helped delay using him there. He said the injuries on the line last week and that ASJ had now had a lot of work made it feel like the right week to use him there.
— He praised the play of Kasen Williams saying he is “playing awesome football” and that his numbers don’t really show how well he is playing the entire game right now.
— Asked about the team’s goals for the rest of the season he said “we have an opportunity to do something we haven’t done here and that hasn’t been done here in quite a while” in terms of going 9-4. “We all want to be 9-4 here but that can’t happen until we are 7-4 so the focus is on this week” against Colorado. He said he thinks earlier in the year the team was “a bit immature” in terms of handling things like rankings and he thinks the team is more focused now. He said he thought the Huskies had “an awesome team meeting today” to challenge the team to see what is in front of them.