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A few notes from Steve Sarkisian‘s post-practice availability Wednesday:
(on being more aggressive going forward on offense) I love being aggressive, I love taking our shots and doing those things, but they need to be calculated or you’re putting yourself in jeopardy of getting behind in the downs, facing second- and third-and-longs. That makes it difficult for us. We really focus on being efficient and converting third downs and extending drives and putting the wear and tear on the defense.”
(on game-planning for Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, the reigning Pac-12 defensive player of the year) You need to know where he is and the matchups that he has. He’s a very good pass-rusher and he’s excellent in one-on-one scenarios. And Bradford, too. Carl Bradford coming off the edge is an excellent rusher as well. Their front’s very good; it’s probably the strength of that defense, so we have to have a plan for them depending on situations as the game unfolds.
(on the UW offensive line) They’ve been pretty good. Obviously, Erik (Kohler) has been getting a lot more reps and his conditioning is getting better and better.
(on Kohler’s experience) I thought the experience showed on Bishop (Sankey’s) long touchdown run there. Oregon had sent a blitz through (Kohler’s) gap and he came off his initial block and picked up the blitz that really sprung him for the long run. So a guy with experience can see those things and react to those things a little quicker than maybe an inexperienced player.