Plenty of news from Thursday’s interview with Chris Petersen.
The Washington coach announced sophomore strong safety Trevor Walker tore his ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. He suffered the injury in UW’s 24-10 loss to No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday night.
Walker has played in all eight games for the Huskies this season, starting two in the nickel package. He has 14 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Petersen also said sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles, who missed last Saturday’s game because he had a concussion, has returned to practice this week and is expected to start Saturday at Colorado.
Redshirt freshman Troy Williams, who started against ASU, is the backup followed by Jeff Lindquist.
Petersen said running backs Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington, who sat out last week due to injuries, will be available Saturday. However, he didn’t announce a starter and left the door open for linebacker Shaq Thompson, who had 98 yards last week at running back, to remain on offense either full-time or part-time.
Petersen also said offensive lineman Dexter Charles, who missed last week due to injury, is day to day.
Here’s a transcript of today’s interview.
(Has there been a correlation to success when you go uptemp?) “I think we’re probably in more of a rhythm. Guys probably feel a little more comfortable when we are doing some of that stuff. To do that it means you’re having some success and getting some first downs. So it kind of goes hand in hand.”
(Is it even more important when you’re running the ball and trying to establish the run?) “I think any tempo team would tell you that if you can run the ball and you’re getting first downs and you’re in a rhythm, it makes it a lot easier to have a little tempo.”
(On Dexter Charles) “Dexter is day to day.”
(On Cyler Miles) “He’s been fine. He’s been working hard. Taking a lot of reps. It’s kind of business as usual. For the most part it’s kind of business as usual for him last week. He just didn’t take a lot of reps in practice, but his preparation has been the same for the last couple of weeks.”
(After six games with Miles, do you have a comfort level on what he likes to do and what he can do?) “I think we’re getting there. I think there’s a lot of things he can operate. I think we’re continually working on decision making, getting the ball out quickly and accurate throwing. I think when those things tighten up, we have a better chance at moving the football.”
(On Trevor Walker) “He’s going to have surgery on his ACL.”
(Who would be the backup?) “The same crew. Brandon Beaver is back there and Kevin (King). Some of the corners work back there. We got a few guys that are still in the rotation back there.”
(Who is the backup quarterback?) “I think we’re kind of still at the same spot. I think both of those guys Jeff and Troy got some reps, but I think probably Troy would get another crack at it. He had some pretty tough elements to deal with and to get an evaluation off of that was hard.”
(How did Williams feel about the game?) “I think Troy felt like we all did. We all felt pretty bad about it. But I think he did a good job of coming right back to work and being focused. The one thing we never want our guys to do no matter how it goes is to mope around and feel sorry for ourselves. Anybody. It’s hard. You put a lot into this stuff and when it doesn’t go right that’s human nature, but I think he’s done a good job of coming right back to work.”
(Is this a good time to get on the road?) “We don’t really go there. We’re just trying to take care of ourselves and trying to get better at practice and show up and shore up the next set of details.”
(No Road-Dawg mentality?) “We haven’t played well enough to be King of the Hill by any stretch. It’s always that. It’s always we got to play our best football with a chip on our shoulders and if we can do that we’ll have a fighting chance. If we don’t, we don’t have much of a chance.
(Since you’re healthier at running back doe that push Thompson back to defense?) “We’ll kind of figure out what we best think we can use him and move him around. He’s an interesting dilemma because there’s so many different places he can help us and we’re always trying to figure that out. But he’s kind of available all over the board.”
(Is he best on one side of the ball or do you feel comfortable if he goes back and forth?) “I think we feel comfortable with him going back and forth. I think anyone is best if you just give them one thing. But I do think we feel comfortable with him moving around.”