Highlights from Marques Tuiasosopo‘s availability after Tuesday’s practice:
(on Keith Price) He’s doing a great job. He’s got one more game left and I know he’s fired up to finish it on the right note.
(Is there one thing you respect the most about Price’s game?) He loves to play. He’s a competitor. He loves this game. You see it in the way he plays. He’s always smiling and enthusiastic, and I think that’s what helps him come back. He’s resilient.
(on graduate assistants taking on greater roles) I think you want to make sure that the capability is there to coach up the right technique and see the right things throughout a practice and be able to correct it off the film. We’re very confident in those young men (Danny Razore and Brandon Huppert). They’ve been around our program for a year and they’ve learned how we like to do things and they’ve stepped in great.
(Does it feel like you’re getting back to a normal game-week mode?) Each day that passes, what’s right in front of them is in their sights. The excitement builds by day and these guys have done a great job of plugging through and we had another good one today. It wasn’t perfect, but Tuesday’s aren’t perfect. So we’ll correct ’em and come back tomorrow.
(How far along are you in implementing a game plan?) I think we’re right on track. We’ve had a lot of time to watch the film, and we’ll continue to watch it and critique what we have and see if we need to make any changes here or not.
(on BYU) We’re very close. If you look at what we’ve both done statistically, there’s a lot of good things there. We’re similar. They play very hard. Obviously, they’re older guys, so they have a little bit more life experience. But our kids are tough, they love to play and they fight too. So I expect it to be a very competitive game. One thing that sticks out on film is that they play really hard and they don’t quit.
(How much do you lean on your experience playing for the Huskies?) I think a lot of your experience builds credibility into the things you’re telling ‘em. They know that you’ve experienced what they’re going through and the things that you’re teaching them are things you learned going through your process, so it helps a lot.
(Are you having fun with this?) Oh yeah. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work, but I love doing this. I love coaching. Each day’s a new day to learn something new. These guys are great. I love being with the staff that’s still here and these kids. We’ve got a few days left, so we’re going to take advantage of all the days that we have.
(Any surprises for you?) There’s just things administratively that you have to be on top of and things that as a position coach you don’t need to worry about. … When are we going to eat? What are we going to eat? When are we going to meet? What are we going to wear? … But it’s been great.