Highlights from Steve Sarkisian‘s time on the Pac-12 call today:
(positive takeaways from Oregon game) We played really hard. I thought our kids showed a great deal of resolve coming to that locker room down 21-7 at halfitme, and coming out and playing the third quarter the way we did, to cut that thing to a seven-point ballgame heading into the fourth. I was just proud of the kids and their continuous ability to fight. Even though we didn’t play our best football, I thought we fought hard and showed great effort.
(heading on the road — anything different?) The key with it is we don’t have to be different. We can bottle up the same energy, enthusiasm, focus, determination and ultimately execution that we play with at Husky Stadium and take it right on the road with us. And I thought we were able to do that when we went to Soldier Field to play Illinois; I thought were able to do that when went to play against Stanford. So I don’t think we’re going to change. We’re going to take the same approach that we’ve had, whether it’s here or on the road, and go play the best football that we can play.
(on ASU offense) It’s almost they start going downhill. Marion Grice is a tremendous player at running back. I think Taylor Kelly is playing at an extremely high level and just continues to make plays, whether it’s through the air or with his feet, buying time, scrambling to get first downs. And Jaelen Strong has really come on here big time the last few weeks. So they have a lot of weapons, and they do it up-tempo. So we have our work cut out for us.
(on team’s health) I think we’re fine. We have a couple guys who are decently banged-up, but nothing where we’ve lost anyone for the year. We played two consecutive very physical football game against Stanford and against Oregon. So getting us fresh and healthy for this game is probably the biggest hurdle for us to get ready for Saturday’s ballgame. The guys seem good. We’ve had two good days of work, and they feel energized, they look energized, but that was definitely a concern of ours coming out of that ballgame Saturday against Oregon.
(on Bishop Sankey) He’s just kind of picked up where he left off in the second half of last season … and hans’t skipped a beat. He had a really good offseason. I think that he’s a lot more detail-oriented. His pass protection is really good. He’s catching the ball out of the backfield extremely well. But he’s just consistent. Day in and day out, it’s just the same approach by that guy, whether it’s running the ball in the first quarter or the fourth quarter, it’s hard to tell the difference. He’s just got a great mindset for it. I’m really proud of everything he’s accomplished up to this point.