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October 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Sarkisian expects to play more backups at Arizona State

Steve Sarkisian met with the media on Thursday. Here’s a transcript of what he had to say:

On being able to see any noticeable improvement in terms of recovery and training because of the facilities: “I think a lot of it has added up to that. I think we’re a really well conditioned football team. I think from an efficiency standpoint, for our players, the opportunities for our players to get treatment now because of the proximity has been very helpful.”

On wanting your team to know that 10-2 or a BCS bowl game are still possibilities: “I want them to know it, but it can’t be the focus. The focus needs to be on this ball game because when you start looking ahead and looking down the road, which is OK to do so you can understand the path, but that path isn’t presented to us if we don’t take care of our business on Saturday.”

On this week being important in terms of conditioning: “At kickoff time it’s going to be pretty warm. It will be mid to high 80s. As much as our conditioning will get tested, our depth will get tested. We’re going to have to play al ot of people at a lot of different positions. Definitely I think we have the capability of doing so. We have quality backups that are going to play quite a bit Saturday. I think that’s to our advantage quite honestly. I love our depth. I love the condition that we’re in as a football team.”

On being able to get away with six offensive linemen: “We’ll see. Every game takes on its own personality. Who would have thought Oregon and Washington would face off and we’d only run 74 plays a week ago? We’re prepared to play more than five or six, but again we’ll see how the game goes.”

On Erik Kohler’s backup if Dexter James can’t go: “James Atoe would probably be the next one in. Obviously Shane Brostek has a lot of experience for us as well.”

On confidence of knowing that it was also warm at Stanford: “We really haven’t made it much of a big deal outside of, we need to make sure we’re really well hydrated and really well rested. Hydration is the big key, but your sleep is big too…I think we’ll be fine.”

On if there’s ever a good time to go on the road: “I think there’s something to be said for that. It’s about coming together as a football team and how united you need to be and how close you need to be. I know we’re going to travel great. I’ve heard the numbers of how many tickets have been sold, which is awesome. Our fans are tremendous. But ultimately you have that feeling on the road that you need to be even stronger as one as a team. For us at this time of the year, this juncture of the year starting the second half of the season, it’s not a bad thing.”

One other quick note: Sarkisian said Travis Coons will handle kickoff duties once again this week, although he wouldn’t commit to Coons taking over duties for the rest of the season.

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