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Had a chance to catchup with Hall of Famer Warren Moon and talk about Washington’s newest coach Chris Petersen.
(On Petersen) “People look at Boise State and say they were finesse and they ran the gadget plays and all of those different things, but I tell you what, his teams will hit you. And they play good defense. They’re physical on defense and most of the guys that he puts in the NFL are defensive guys. I like that part of his style.
(Who are those NFL guys?) “Well you look at the guy that separated or broke Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone (Chicago’s Shea McClellin). He’s from Boise State. That’s the first guy that came to mind. They’ve had some good corners. They’ve had some good players on that side of the ball to go along with those receivers too like Titus Young and (Austinn) Pettis and guys like that.”
(So you like the idea of getting back to the old ways of doing thing?) “I really like this hire for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I think this takes us back to what has made Washington so successful which is being the tougher team, running the football and playing physical defense,” Moon said. “There were a lot of people that we could have brought in here and I’m sure most of them would have done a fine job. But considering where we’re at right now, Chris Petersen is the best person we could have gone out and hired.”
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox talks about Washington’s suffocating defensive performance in a 59-7 win over Colorado.
Here’s video (above), of senior cornerback Tre Watson, who returned an interception 84 yards in Washington’s 59-7 win over Colorado.
Here’s video (above) of cornerback Marcus Peters, who returned a fumble 53 yards for a touchdown in Washington’s 59-7 win over Colorado.
You might think life would change just a bit for sophomore wideout Jaydon Mickens after Saturday’s breakout performance against California when he finished with a career-best 180 receiving yards and two touchdown catches.
But Mickens swears he’s the same guy today as he was last week.
“My life hasn’t changed at all,” he said. “I’m still trying to get it. One game is not going to make me a different person. I haven’t done (anything) for this program yet and I’m trying to be the best player that I can be. I still have a lot to work on. I still have a lot to improve on.”
Mickens leads Washington with 45 receptions and 542 receiving yards. He’s tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches.
Junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins talked about injured receiver Kasen Williams, who is out for the season after suffering a leg and foot injury last Saturday against California.
“He brought everything,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “He brought energy. He brought physical play. Catching. Blocking. He’s an all-around receiver. We’re going to miss him, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to have opportunities for people to step up and show what they can do.”
Considering his size (6-6 and 276), talent and experience, Seferian-Jenkins, a preseason all-American, is an obvious candidate to fill Williams’ role in the passing game.
Despite the preseason accolades, Seferian-Jenkins (20 catches and 244 yards) is on pace to fall far short of last season’s receiving totals (69 and 850).
“I’m happy with whatever I’ve got,” he said. “The coaches call great plays and I’m just thankful I get the opportunities I have and I try to do the best I can with my opportunities. Personally I think I’ve gotten a lot better blocking. I think I’ve definitely taken it to the next level blocking. I’ve had a few holding penalties this year, but besides that I think I’ve taken an evolution in my game to become an all-around player.”
Kasen Williams underwent successful surgery Tuesday after suffering a broken left leg and foot injury, said coach Steve Sarkisian.
The Huskies expect their star receiver will need 2-4 months to recover, which officially ends his junior season.
“Surgery went well,” Sarkisian said. “He’s in good spirits. He’s at home with his parents.
“He’ll probably be out a few months – between 2-4 months roughly. We’ll get a better gauge as it goes. We won’t rush him back. We have plenty of time. And he’s been in this system so he understands it. When he comes back he’ll be fresh, ready to go and he’ll play great football for us.”
Williams is third on the teams in receptions (29) and receiving yards (421 yards) after leading UW in both categories (77 and 878) last season.
At 6-2 and 212 pounds, Williams gave quarterback Keith Price a big target on passing routes. Sarkisian acknowledged freshman Damore’ea Stringfellow (6-3 and 225) could assume Williams’ responsibilities because they have similar size.
However, the Huskies are intrigued with sophomore Marvin Hall (5-10 and 182), who would give them another speedster to pair alongside Jaydon Mickens, Kevin Smith and John Ross.
“Marvin provides us a little different spark,” Sarkisian said. “He’s got great speed. That was evident the other night in a couple of the catches down field and a couple of the punt returns. … When you start putting Marvin, Jaydon and John Ross on the field together that’s a lot of speed out there that can pose a little bit of a different threat than maybe what Kasen and Stringfellow and Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) provide.”
Coach Steve Sarkisian said star receiver Kasen Williams was scheduled for a MRI today and is expected to have surgery Tuesday to repair a broken left leg and foot injury suffered in Saturday’s 41-17 win over California.
Williams will almost certainly miss the remaining four regular-season games, but Sarkisian refused to say the junior standout, who is third on the team in receptions (29) and receiving yards (421), is done for the season.
“To Kasen’s credit he’s in good spirits,” Sarkisian said. “He came to Coach (Don) James’ service yesterday. He was with the team today. He’ll take it like a champion. He’ll do whatever we need him to do to get healthy and he’ll be back.”
When asked if Williams could return for a bowl game, Sarkisian said: “I’m hesitant to talk on specifics until the doctors get with him.”
Sarkisian said the bye week is coming at a good time for the Huskies because several players are “banged up,” although he declined to be anymore specific. However, he believes everyone – with the exception of Williams – will be available for the Nov. 9 game against Colorado.
Here’s a partial transcription of the press conference.
Washington senior kicker and punter Travis Coons was named the Pac-12′s special teams player of the week.
Here’s the release from the Pac-12.
Coons, a senior from Alta Loma, Calif., handled all three phases for Washington as he was the punter, place-kicker and handled kickoff duties for the Huskies in their 41-17 win over California on Saturday night in Seattle. He punted eight times for a 37.8-yard average with three of the eight downed inside the 10-yard line. Coons also remained perfect on the season on field goals, going 2-of-2, including one from 42 yards and another from a career-long 46 yards. Coons also had three of eight kickoffs result in touchbacks.