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November 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Wednesday Sark bites and video

The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday practice.

No significant news. Steve Sarkisian said cornerback Desmond Trufant is progressing but they will have to see where he is on gameday.

Here are a few other quotes, and below the video:

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On if Trufant has progressed enough to play: “Again, we’re going to have to see him, I’m going to have to watch him tomorrow again and then ultimately on game day to see how he does.”

On how long into the game does the rivalry aspect play a factor: “After the first snap, then it’s over. After you kick the ball off, you’ve got to get the call and you’ve got to go play. And it’s not about what jersey they are wearing or what helmet or where the game is. Ultimately you have to get the call. I think the mistake is when you are trying to hold on the rivalry aspect of it all and the emotion of it and you can get beat that snap and the next snap if you are not focused on the task at hand and that’s the call and the play that you have to make on that specific play.”

On if the rivalry can be more of a factor in some games than others: “It can be if you harbor those thoughts and you hold on to them and you try too hard. If you hit a guy late after a play because of the emotion of it all. The teams that play well in the rivalry games enjoy the emotion of it all all week and then when the ball is kicked off they play the game the way they are capable of playing it.”

On if the emotion overtook UW at the beginning of the Colorado game: “No I don’t think so. I think our guys were just playing hard. Again, I don’t want to take our guys’ stinger. We play the game hard. So I don’t think that was it at all. We just had a couple of penalties that maybe were a bit questionable, we didn’t execute great. But our defense played exceptionally well, we played excellent on special teams, and then offensively once we started getting out of our way we started playing pretty good.”

On if there is any difference in the WSU offense based on who the QB is: “They are going to throw the ball. They are going to throw the ball. They are probably going to throw it 60 times. So it wouldn’t matter who the quarterback is. We have to know our schemes and how it fits versus their schemes and got to execute. But they are not going to all the sudden line up in I-right and hand 24-power off.”

On if there is any difference stylistically in WSU’s two quarterbacks: “I don’t think so. They call the same plays. They both have been streaky at times and made some good plays for them. Really doesn’t matter to us, quite honestly.”

On WSU’s young receivers who have stood out: “Yeah, I think Gabriel Marks, we knew him from high school. Excellent adjustment when the ball is in the air. Good hand-eye stuff. He jumps out for sure. Brett Bartolone for sure. Definitely got great feel in the slot and doing the stuff he does there, as well. But they are plenty capable. They’ve recruited pretty well there for years at that position with (Marquess) Wilson and different guys and then coach Leach came in and brought in Marks and a couple of those two freshmen, so they have plenty of depth at the wide out spot.”

On not having control over when the game is played: “I really try not to get myself caught up in stuff I can’t control. I’ve got enough to worry about. I can’t get caught up worrying about in when the game is played, what channel it’s on. … I ask what time the game is and when we set our plans and we go play the game.”

On the season being topsy-turvy, in terms of the defense carrying the offense: “I think every year each team takes on it’s own personality. That’s the beauty of this sport is figuring out the personality of the team, the strengths and weaknesses, the things you need to improve upon, the things you can lean on…this year’s no different. We’re fortunate, we’ve got a tremendous defense right now, playing good on special teams, our offense is getting better…that’s just the personality of this team that we have in 2012.”

On being able to adjust and rally around that personality: “It’s a tribute to the coaching staff to guide the team and then the leaders to respond and then the young players to mature. It’s been impressive to watch this team fight through the adversity and then continue to get better and build and belief grow. I’m really proud of them. I’m really proud of this team.”

On this run versus 2010: “In 2010 we were…our backs were really against the wall. Those were must-wins. That was really playoff-scenario football for us. Not that we don’t want to win every game – obviously we do at this point – but it’s a little different that way. What is similar is that we’re playing good defense like we were in 2010. We’re running the football well like we were in 2010. Again, it’s such a different group of guys. The holdover of those guys that were really making plays in 2010 and the guys on this roster that are making plays for us now – there’s not many of the same faces even though it’s just a couple of years ago. There’s some parallels in the style of play but the personality and the faces and the numbers of the guys that are doing it is definitely different.”

On WSU’s run defense: “They’ve got a tremendous pass rush. I think they are top-10 in the country in sacks. They do a great job. They are innovative in their pressures, they use a lot of different blitz schemes. They have good talent up front of guys rushing the passer. When you get a lot of sacks, that definitely helps your run numbers – but they are an aggressive group, they tackle well, the safeties are very good tacklers in Bucannon and Locker…so even when you do get to the second level sometimes it’s hard to break big runs because they are excellent tacklers.”

On the energy being different this week because it’s a rivalry week: “Our energy has been good now for a few weeks. It’s hard to gauge that all of a sudden it’s drastically different. I think our guys are fired up to play, they’ve been that way all week long – but that hasn’t been a whole lot different than how we’ve been the last few weeks. This is a unique group in that they…they’re not overly concerned with who they are going to play against. They really embrace every day and we’re starting to see more of that with Keith the last month and that has spread throughout our locker room. Our younger players understand that it’s okay to have fun at practice and enjoy the experience of preparing to play. It’s okay to laugh when something’s funny at practice and then it’s okay to get serious when you need to get serious. Seventeen has a lot to do with that. So our energy has been really good all month, but this week hasn’t been a whole lot different. We’re excited to go play.”

On generally seeing a more confident group: “I think our confidence is high. Our belief is high. You get belief from preparation and then from confidence and self-confidence. I think our guys believe in one another; they can count on one another. They trust one another. They are trusting schemes moreso than they ever have throughout the year. Ultimately their confidence should be higher.”



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