A few notes from Steve Sarkisian‘s press conference today:
— The UW coached knocked on when asked about the team’s overall health. The Huskies have been rather fortuitous so far in that regard, with the shoulder strain to LB John Timu (who missed the Idaho State game) the most notable injury among UW’s regulars so far. “We look good. I thought the guys looked really good today,” Sarkisian said. “I knock on wood just because we’ve been in a really good place. We’re in excellent condition as football team. I think it shows; it showed Saturday night again in the second half. I think our conditioning is phenomenal right now. We just haven’t had any of the big injuries, so hopefully we can stay that way.”
— DC Justin Wilcox pulled PK/P Travis Coons into a defensive team meeting Monday morning, with Coons getting an ovation from the defenders for his performance in the monsoon-like conditions Saturday. Coons missed the first PAT of his tenure at UW, but he converted a 42-yard field (into the wind) and had five punts stop inside the 20-yard line. “Travis deserves an MPV award,” Sarkisian said.
— Sarkisian on RB Bishop Sankey after Sankey’s school-record 40 carries Saturday: “He was a little sore, but he looked good today. Ideally, 40 carries is not where we want to be with the guy, but you do what it takes to win the game, and I felt like that’s what it took the other night, based on the elements and the way the game was going. He was just an absolutely champion about it and handled himself beautifully.
— Backup RB Jesse Callier was “tremendous” again on Saturday, both on offense and special teams, Sarkisian said. “I would venture to say you’ll see more of Jesse in the future on offense.”
— Stanford and Oregon defensive lines are the best UW will see all season, Sarkisian said. “They’re really, really good,” he said of Stanford. “They’re big, they’re fast, they’re strong, they’re athletic. Don’t let them fool you — those Stanford D-linemen are athletic. You saw it last week” (with DE/OLB Trent Murphy returning an interception for a touchdown, as he did against UW last year).