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November 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Sarkisian quotes

Here are more quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian following the win over Colorado:

On what he saw on Kevin Smith’s play: “It just really looked as if he could have possessed the ball but would have landed out of bounds so he made a conscious decision to throw the ball back in play to give us a chance to recover it. It’s funny because those are the things you work on in training camp and you put guys through those exercises in training camp and how often they show up a year, maybe once a year at best and sure enough it showed up for Kevin and he did it beautifully.”

On Kevin Smith and battling adversity: “Well it’s that he is such a team guy. I think that’s what great about this locker room .We have a unique team in that we are together in this together. Guys understand their roles and some guys might play 85 snaps a game, others might play eight, but when you get your opportunities, the goal is to go execute your job. Kevin has done that whether it is some punt return stuff, whether it was today, he was up on kickoffs as a fullback covering kicks. He represents what this team is about, that this is a team, it’s not about one or two players.”

On Kevin Smith’s future still being the same as two years ago: “Well I’m hopeful, it’s obviously tough to play receiver in a knee brace, hopefully he can continue to get healthy and regain the speed he possessed before that but I couldn’t be happier for a guy like that to make the play he made.”

On Cody Bruns’ increased contribution of late: “We’re just trying to keep him involved. We know what we have in Kasen and Austin and we keep talking about the third wideout. Our third wideout is a variety of guys – it’s DiAndre Campbell, it’s Cody Bruns, it’s Jaydon Mickens. Cody’s playing with a great deal of confidence which is so cool to see, a guy in his senior year playing the best football he’s played since he’s been here and that’s neat to see a guy progress throughout his career.”

On Cody Bruns getting his first Husky touchdown: “It’s great, I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s an awesome, awesome kid, I couldn’t be happier for him.”

On what Price did different in the second half: “I thought he was making a little quicker decisions, being a bit more decisive, trusting rules on progressions on plays and then delivered the ball really accurately. I thought he was extremely accurate tonight. He missed a couple deep balls just off finger tips – DiAndre in the end zone, the one to Kasen with Jaydon on another deep one, but he was extremely accurate especially in the short to intermediate game.”

On Price returning to his old self like last year: “He’s sure playing pretty good football. He played well, especially in the second half, he had a nice ball game last week against Utah, there were moments in the Cal game where he was really good, and obviously struggled with a couple of turnovers but I’ve seen his play progress over the last month, just getting better and better. It’s at the right time; you want to be playing good late in the year. We have good balance on the offensive side of the ball right now. We’re mixing it, we’re running it, we’re throwing it, we can play action pass and that’s when we are at our best as an offensive football team.”

On how penalties killed the offensive rhythm: “It’s hard, I was talking to the guys at halftime – it’s difficult. I don’t mind getting stopped, when we play good teams and they stop us we’ll find a way to fix things and get them right…and X and O to get things better. When we are self-inflicting wounds on ourselves that’s the disappointing and challenging part for us because it is like taking the wind out of your sails. You are moving the ball and making a play and in the second half, Kasen moves right as Evan Hudson goes in motion, that’s a penalty. Those are the things we have to work on to fix because we can be even better than we’ve been.”

On Austin Seferian Jenkins playing more at defensive end today: “He was a good force tonight, we thought we had some good matchups again today. It was good to see him recover the fumble. Josh Shirley had an impact rushing the passer today, Travis Feeney — but all of that stemmed from us covering really well on the backend.”

On Desmond Trufant not playing: “Yeah you know, we got to it an he’s just not 100 percent we know who we are playing next week and how much they like to throw the football and we are going to need Desmond next week. By holding him out today, I think we will get a 100 percent Desmond Trufant next week.”

On how well Bishop Sankey has been playing: “He’s doing great, he’s been Steady Eddie, he’s still learning, he’s a true Sophomore. The fumble, there going in he reverted to holding the ball going left and having the ball in his right arm. There’s always stuff for him to work on to get better. He had a tremendous night, he had the game he had with that long run getting called back and he’s catching the ball well out of the backfield…he’s pass protecting, this style of play is becoming normal to him.”

On winning being expected by the guys now: “I think we’re understanding what our identity is more and more, week in and week out. And then you gain confidence when you keep playing the way we’re playing, you believe on defense, you play good defense that you will get those stops. And offensively, you understand you can count and rely on the defense and you don’t have to try too hard. You take care of the football a little bit better. Our red zone efficiency outside of the fumble again, we are getting better at scoring in the red zone to stretch leads. I think we know what we are about. We’re not in the locker room acting like we won the super bowl, we came here to win the game, we did it, and now on to the next one.”

On if he thought the defense could improve as quickly as it has: “I didn’t know what to expect. I thought we had some pretty talented guys. I thought we could recruit some guys that could step in. What I’ve appreciated about Justin (Wilcox) is that he has evolved as a defensive coordinator from Boise to Tennessee even early on with us to fit the personnel we have to put the players we have on defense in the best position to be successful. We are seeing some of those younger players get better as the season has gone on. Shaq is playing better, Travis Feeney is playing better football for us, John Timu’s playing better football, Danny Shelton’s gotten better as the season’s gone on. Some of our younger guys have improved but I also think it’s a credit to our defensive staff and Justin in putting them in position to do things that they do well.”



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