The transcript of UW’s Steve Sarkisian on the Pac-12 coaches’ call today:
Surprise at how effective your offense was in the first game?
I don’t think I was surprised. I was please. I think our guys had really prepared well all training camp. I thought they had a good feel for the things we were trying to get done in the game. I was really proud of Josh Perkins and Michael Hartvigson, who stepped in with the absence of Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the game. And I was really impressed with the maturity of some of our younger players — Jaydon Mickens, who’s now a true sophomore, John Ross, a true freshman. And then I really loved the way Keith (Price) played the game and really distributed the football to a variety of people and not getting locked in on one or two individuals and spreading the ball around. And the offensive line doing a good job of running the football and creating running lanes and protecting the quarterback.
So I don’t think that our guys did anything out of the norm or amazing; they just did their jobs really well and kept the tempo of where we needed to be to be effective.
And what was the key to making that tempo work so well?
I think part of it is the communication, first of all. You gotta communicate well so you can get lined up. I think conditioning is another real key to it. I thought our guys were in great shape, especially in the second half, when fatigue can start to set in. And then ultimately execution. I think those are the three main components to making it work.
When you decided to go to the hurry-up offense, was there anyone outside the program who’s counsel you kept on it?
A couple years back, Kevin Sumlin had come and visited with us when he was still at the University of Houston. Kevin and I have a good relationship and we (talked about) his thoughts and why he’d been doing it, and he’d been doing it for quite some time. I didn’t feel like at the time we were quite ready to make the change just from a depth standpoint. But I’ve always kind of held on to some of his thoughts and reasonings of why he did and why he continues to do it even today at Texas A&M. So he’d be the one guy who got me thinking the most about it.
Thoughts on being ranked in this mornings polls?
I think, like I’ve always felt about rankings, they’re a perception of your team. That’s what people perceive that we are; how good that we are. I think ultimately at the end of the season, when your’e records finalized, that’s when you really play out and express who you are. It’s nice and obviously flattering that people think we’re a pretty good football team, but we’ve got a lot of work to do still, as we all well know. … It’s one game and one game will never define us, good or bad. It’s the complete body of work. It’s great that people perceive us and think we’re pretty good.