Highlights from Steve Sarkisian‘s window on the Pac-12 coaches’ call today:
(on whether emergence of Myles Jack alter UW game plan?) No, we’re going to run our stuff, whether it’s on offense, defense or special teams. We’re going to try put our players in the best position to be successful. We have to be cognizant of where Myles is, he’s an excellent player — whether it’s on offense, defense or special teams. He’s blocked a punt; I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him catching kicks or punts — he has all those talents to him. It’s a matter of us doing our job and executing our job.
(This being the final stretch for Keith Price, what has he meant to the program?) He’s meant a lot. I’m really proud of the work that we’ve done here, now into our fifth season of where we started to where we are today. Now we’re in our fourth consecutive bowl bid, and Keith being a part of three of those (as the starter). I think Keith has a really unique opportunity here the last month of the season to leave a tremendous legacy on this program. Jake (Locker) did it his senior season, winning out the final four games his senior year, and I think Keith has that opportunity here as well. He’s playing really good football right now. He’s confident, he’s exuding a tremendous amount of leadership and I think it’s showing in his teammates. He’s just doing all the right things we could’ve ever asked of the guy, and I hope he can finish out his career on a high note, because he deserves it.
(on difference in Price this season) He’s been much more vocal, that’s for sure — and demanding. Nobody works harder than Keith; nobody prepares more mentally and physically on our roster. And he demands the same of the guys around him, whether you’re a true freshman wide receiver or a senior wide receiver, he expects the same. He’s been much more demanding, not in a negative way, but in a positive way in helping guy to perform and play at a high level and I think it’s rubbed off. I think that’s part of the reason we’re having so much success offensively right now.
(Do you see Myles Jack as one who “got away,” and did you recruit him more as a linebacker or running back?) Myles had been very adamant that he wanted to play linebacker, and we were aware of that. We felt physically he could be a running back, but he was adamant about being a linebacker, and I think he’ll continue to be. I don’t foresee him getting 30 carries Friday night, but we’ll see. He’s a tremendous athlete on defense and at linebacker and on special teams, and obviously you see his talent at running back. Obviously, we recruited Myles hard — as hard as we could. It was choice that he made to go to UCLA; it’s a good school, a good program, a good coach. Just like they have a player from Washington here, we’ve got quite a few good football players from L.A. that are on our team. Kids make the choices, they make ‘em in the best interests of what they think is best for them and their future and their family, and you put your roster together and go play. It is what it is.
(Was that Stanford-Oregon-Arizona State stretch as tough as any in the country?) It was a difficult run … on many levels. Those are three physical football teams — Stanford, Oregon and then Arizona State, it was physically taxing on our guys. And the second part of it is it’s mentally taxing. When you’re getting up for those big-time opponents week in and week out, and knowing the preparation that it takes to get up for those ballgames, it was big. And I think there was a little bit of fatigue that set in on us as we got into that Arizona State game there in the second quarter where it just felt like we were a little bit worn out. It’s a tall order, a tough task, and they’re good football teams. I thought we played really good football at Stanford and unfortunately it didn’t work out. We played three really good quarters against Oregon and they got the best of us in the fourth. And as the first quarter of the Arizona State game came to a close, we were playing pretty good then, too. We just fell apart in the second quarter, and a good football team on the road, they’re going to take advantage of it, and that’s exactly what ASU did.
And some fun with Twitter:
Eddie Vanderdoes, on Washington's skill guys: "I think they have the most electric players that we've seen this year. More so than Oregon."
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) November 12, 2013
Eddie Vanderdoes also thought Washington RB Bishop Sankey might be better than Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey. Looked shiftier on film.
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) November 12, 2013
Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said the Buffs missed 37 tackles at Washington. That, my friends, is a lot.
— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) November 12, 2013
Mike MacIntyre on Washington's remodeled stadium, "Wow."
— Kyle Ringo (@KyleRingo) November 12, 2013
#ucla) jordon james (ankle) is in pads, with no limp.
— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) November 12, 2013