UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on KJR-AM 950 this morning with Mitch Levy. (As I write this, there is no podcast yet, but it could show up here later).
There was no significant news in what was more of a wider-ranging interview about recruiting and looking back at 2012 and ahead to 2013.
But here are a couple of notes:
— Asked if there are any specific signees who could contribute immediately, Sarkisian repeated what he’d said on signing day that the two position groups where there is both the potential need and the players who could play immediately are receiver and defensive line.
— Asked about UW’s class generally being rated in the top 15, Sarkisian said he doesn’t pay a lot of attention to rankings and that he thinks they would be most accurately done four years later.
— Asked about how recruiting at UW has changed since he arrived, he said the Huskies are “going toe-to-toe with the right programs, and we are winning some of those battles, which is the great thing. … ultimately we have to put a product on the field that will get more wins to continue to do that. …”
— He also said the renovated stadium and football operations center “is a real game-changer for us” in recruiting.
— Asked what is the “elusive thing” missing to help UW get over the hump from 7-6 seasons to winning at a higher rate, Sarkisian said “its been one that’s put a real sense of frustration in all of our minds coming out of the season. Think about the fourth quarter of the Apple Cup and the ending of the Las Vegas Bowl and if a couple of things go our way we are 9-4 team and sitting around 15th in the country … it’s a challenging one but I also want our kids to realize how close we are.” He also said UW is “not nearly in a sense of panic in that ‘I don’t know how we are going to do this.’ … it’s really just a matter of time. If a couple of things go our way in those last two ball games than we are having a completely different conversation right now. …”
— Asked about the quarterback situation, he said of Keith Price that “I would like to think. I am hopeful, he can regain some of that form that we saw a couple of years back because if he does, look out. That’s what I’m hopeful for and that’s my goal, and in the meantime I’ve got some young guys I need to get prepared to play, as well. because they are a play away.”
— Asked if expectations had been too high for Price heading into the 2012 season, Sarkisian said no, that “I don’t know if it was unreasonable because he accomplished it” noting that Price’s 2011 season was one of the best for a sophomore quarterback in the history of the conference. “He set the bar and that’s the standard he’s held to. I don’t think there’s any problem with that at all.”