UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation channel with Jack Arute and Gino Torretta on Wednesday.
You can listen to a portion of the interview here.
Much of the interview covered pretty big-picture topics, so there was no real specific UW personnel news or anything of that sort.
And it also largely touched on some familiar themes in terms of the high hopes for this season. But Sarkisian did again make it clear he expects big things from this season, saying “this is the best football team that we’ve had since I’ve been here. This is the best depth that we’ve had, returning 18 starters off of last year’s ball club. And if you look at the (roster) right now we will probably start three seniors of those coming back, so we’ll be returning 19 starters next year. … we’ve got a good football team. It’s talented, we’ve got playmaking ability on both sides of the ball. And now it’s putting it all together. We have a young football team that has grown up.”
Asked what the Huskies have to do to get over the “7-6 hump,” he referenced the way the last two games of 2012 could have been wins and that it could have been easy for UW to have gotten over that hump last year. But he also noted that UW is one of just three Pac-12 teams to go to a bowl game each of the last three years — Oregon and Stanford being the others.
“Our belief level has to continue to grow,” he said. “We have to understand and believe that we are where we are supposed to be. That we are a good football team and expected to be a good football team and we have to beat those teams on a consistent basis. … It’s the continuing belief that we are where we are supposed to be.”
There was also talk of UW going to more up-tempo offense, and Sarkisian noted again that it will also help the Huskies play those teams during the season.
“Part of the reason we went to the up-tempo stuff is we are goinng to get our guys even more used to it on the defensivve side of the ball,” he said.