Washington, after being flagged 16 times for 130 yards in Saturday’s victory over Idaho State, is the most penalized team in the country, with 36 total penalties in three games and an average of 98.3 penalty yards per game.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t agree with all the guys, but most, he said, are “unacceptable” for his players to commit.
Sarkisian even reached out to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Sunday night to talk about UW’s mounting penalties.
“They’re dealing with a little bit of it with the Seahawks and we dealt with it at SC a little bit, and now we’re getting it,” Sarkisian said. “Part of it is, we coach our guys to play really hard. And we coach them to get after it and they want to get going for the ball to get snapped and they want to finish blocks and they want to play with great effort and get to the ball.
“I think we’re going to have a little bit of this because our guys are going to play really, really hard and they understand it But the pre- and post-snap penalties are unacceptable, and we’ll get those fixed.”
The UW offensive line was flagged 10 times on Saturday, with a false start called on consecutive plays at one point. That drew a chorus of boos from the Husky Stadium crowd.
“Some of the guys are saying they can hear me; some of the guys are saying they can’t hear me,” UW quarterback Keith Price said. “So it’s just a matter of communicating better, and that’s pretty much it.”