Here’s my story from today’s paper:
Washington coaches and players say their playbook hasn’t changed with the offense’s shift to a no-huddle, up-tempo offense.
What has changed for the Huskies?
Virtually everything else.
From the way they practice, to the way they call plays, to the way they substitute, to the way they recruit, the Huskies are in the midst of a philosophical makeover, with one overriding emphasis: speed.
The goals are obvious. They want to score more and, after three consecutive 7-6 seasons, win more games. How quickly can they make that happen? And, just as important, can the UW defense keep up?
As it is now, after two weeks of training camp, and with 13 days until the season opener against Boise State, the Huskies are moving faster than ever in practices. Yes, even Oregonesque at times.
And, for UW coach Steve Sarkisian, it’s still not quick enough.
Every day on the team practice scripts, given out to assistant coaches and staffers, Sarkisian writes “FASTER” across the top in big letters, using a highlighter for extra emphasis.
“We’ll pull back if the situation comes, but we’re going to go fast, fast and faster,” offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau said. “And then we want to go faster.”
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