Dawg Blog: California

It's game week again, and after a tough road trip to the Heartland, it's back home to the comfy confines of Husky Stadium, and it's also the beginning of Pac-12 play. California is their first opponent. So what will the Golden Bears bring to Montlake? Will they be the team that whupped up on the Blue Hose of Presbyterian, or will they be the team that barely squeaked by Colorado in Boulder?

Chris Fetters:
9/21/2011
3:37 pm

Steve Sarkisian Thursday Quotes



On Keith Price playing better today - "Yeah, it's been a really good week for him I thought. From where he was last week and injuring his other knee, to coming back this week - I actually think he looked better Wednesday than he did a Wednesday ago, and again Thursday compared to last Thursday. He almost looks better. Part of that is the comfort level as his body's adjusting and he's getting used to being a little banged up…I just think his body is healing a little quicker."

On the switch in braces to his left leg - "I think that's what's making him even stronger is that the original injury was on his right leg, which is his plant leg at the top of his drop, and then driving to throw. So now with it being on his left leg, I actually think it's making it better for him. The strengthening of his right knee is getting back to normal, and so the left knee…we're dealing with that, so from an outright strength standpoint, he's getting a lot better because of that."

On being able to make every throw - "Yeah…there's nothing in the game plan…or nothing we didn't put in because we didn't think he could do it. So we feel good about it."

On that first play where he's going to have to really run - "I'm sure he'll still be limited some still. He knows his body and he knows what he's capable of and not capable of. He's going to run and he's going to have some scrambles, and he's going to get us a couple of first downs with his feet…I don't know if we're going to have an 80-yard touchdown out of him, but the reality of it is - he's healthy enough to go, he'll be OK."

On Quinton's injury - "It's kind of self-explanatory. We've all been there."

On some of the other injuries - "I thought Nate Fellner really made a lot of progress. We're pleasantly surprised at the recovery he's been making and it looks like he'll be available to us Saturday. Taz, probably not. The rest of the guys look good."

On Justin Glenn starting at safety - "I think so. I think Justin would start, just because of the amount of reps he's gotten, but I wouldn't rule out Nate playing - especially if it's warm like it's planning on being Saturday, and being able to rotate a few more guys at a lot of spots."

On Jesse Callier working on special teams too - "He looks good. I thought Jesse looked great today, and not just in the return game but in a lot of facets of the game. We're counting on him in a lot of different spots. When he's not in there, it takes its toll on us - not just on offense and returns, but he's tremendous on kickoff coverage and he's good on punt coverage stuff and different things. So it hurts when he's not there, so it's good to have him back."

On if he'll be back there with Kevin Smith on kickoff return - "Kasen, for sure. I think Kasen will be back there to start for sure, regardless - just because of the number of reps he's been getting."

On what stands out about Cal's DL - "Physical. Physical, man. Geez. When you look at our conference, I'd say them and USC are probably the most physically dominant-looking teams on film up front, their front seven. They are long, they come off the football with good pad level, they use their hands extremely well, and there are a lot of them. It's not just a couple of guys - they are deep."

On trying to keep Cort healthy - "What we did was limit some of his stuff this week in practice. We held him out of our inside run drills to try and take some of the pounding off of him, and some of our team setting stuff. He feels good; his body comes back. It's just the grind of a football season playing middle linebacker. You're going to be sore, and you learn to play sore. And you learn to love playing sore. That's why we play the game.

On him being able to be full-go Saturday - "He'll turn it loose. He'll cut it loose and go."

On Ducre and Trufant as gunners: "I think the first thing is you've got to find guys that can release. So much of being a gunner is can you get off jam and bump-and-run coverage and receivers are the ones that practice that most of the time and not corners, so when we started preaching it and practicing at it Des and Greg were excellent at it. And then the second thing you have to have is speed, if you can't really run it's hard to get down there. And then you've got to have the want to do to that job. You've got to want to get down there and be willing to go down there and make a play and run. It's a 40-yard dash and those two guys are obviously are two fastest kids on the team and they are willing and they are tough and they have made for a lot of exciting plays this year, that's for sure. And not always on our end as we learned last week, but the first three games they have been active and they've caused turnovers and they've had a real impact on the ball games.''

Which one is faster?: "Oh man, I don't know. I'd like to see them race, actually, that would be a pretty good one.''

On the weather and living on borrowed time: "I'll take it. I wouldn't mind a little wind, it kind of plays into our favor a little bit in this stadium when the wind picks up and we are so accustomed to it. But we'll take it. It's great for our fans, Saturday afternoon, sunshine, can't ask for much more than being in Husky Stadium and barking and cheering and having fun.''

On if he has to tone down the offense as the weather gets worse: "No, it just varies on different games and who we are playing. Two years ago I thought we opened it up a little bit more if you remember back to the Cal game and the Washington State game here. Last year it went in a different direction, and we went in a direction of running the football and using shifts and formations and motions still, so it all depends on where we go and how our identity is as we move through the season.''

On if there will be any walk-ons put on scholarship: "Yeah we are going to do that next week, so hopefully you will know then.''

On if there are any redshirt decisions left to be made: "I think we are pretty clear. And now those guys who have played some are on the come, I think. I think Bishop Sankey, I think this was his best week of practice maybe since training camp, which is a good thing, and Danny Shelton, same thing. It's unfortunate James Sample is still  hindered by his shoulder injury that hasn't allowed him to get out there as much so those guys that have been going have been playing and have been productive. Oddly enough you see some kids you were planning on redshirting and they have really grown  and done some nice things these past two weeks now that they are accustomed to doing it and you have to hold back the urge to play them because we can benefit down the road from it, but our young freshmen kids have really improved and they are getting going.''

On who some of those guys are: "The biggest one that jumps out at me is Travis Feeney. I think he is just a fantastic prospect for us and has done a lot of nice things. Jamaal Jones I think has done a lot of nice things for us and is starting to mature for us that way of what it takes to play at this level. Jarett Finau, Tani Tupou --- I've been very encouraged by this group.''

On Holt moving back to fullback: "Yeah, what we do is when we switched Timmy Tucker over to fullback we left (Holt) over at linebacker.''

On the defense this week: "I feel good. Historically we have played well against this group, we played pretty well last year down at this place, played really well two years ago here at this place, so I feel good about our knowledge of what they like to do and how we can fit up against that.''

On how the team has responded this week to the challenge of the coaches: "Sure, sure. And that's one of the most redeeming qualities of this group. Everything we have ever challenged them with or anything we have ever asked them to do, they have been extremely willing, and I'm so thankful for that because I don't think it's that way everywhere around the country. We've got a great group of kids that have been willing to do whatever we have asked  them to do and on every front, wherever we have challenged them, they have responded, so I would expect them to respond to this one as well.''

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Chris Fetters:
9/21/2011
4:41 pm

Doug Nussmeier Wednesday Quotes



On if Montana will surprise as much as Keith Price has when he gets his chance? - "I think all our players have the potential to play really well, and they all prepare really well. You never know until you get out there on the field. Both those guys have prepared extremely well and have worked extremely hard behind the scenes. And it's not just about what happens on Saturday. Saturday is the result of a process, what you do in the off-season, and what you do in your free time. And both of those guys have worked tremendously hard, and both have done a good job."

On what you have to do with Nick to cater to him different than Price - "They each have their own individual style of play, and when we look at game-planning, we look at what we're seeing from the opponent, and also what our strengths are and what our players do well. There's two ways to look at everything, and obviously you're going to put together the best plan possible for your players."

On what he can take from seeing Cal play Presbyterian - "Obviously they played extremely well, but being a conference opponent you see so much of them and you have a pretty good idea of who they are. So we have a lot of film that we can go back and look at. Obviously having the same coordinator and carryover, you see a lot of the same stuff, but they change. They change with their personnel. So you have to be ready for changes, and I'm sure they'll have a new wrinkle for us this weekend. But obviously you watch it, and you compare it to what they've done previously."

On Chris Polk and opening up the playbook now - "Like I said earlier, the time he missed during training camp, he's just starting to now get back to hit full stride. And as I said last week, I really think we're starting to see where he's evolving to, and obviously he's a very special player for us."

On his words to Bishop Sankey at Nebraska - "That's football. That's football. That's what happens, and he'll learn from it. He'll be a great player here, but that's football. Obviously when you go out there the first time, everyone goes through it. There's a little bit of, 'Ok, it's college football now'. And obviously nobody would want that to happen to him, but that's what happened. And you'll learn from it, and you grow. And he will. He's a very studious guy. He studies hard, and he wants to be great. He'll learn from that, and he'll only get better from that."

On if frosh like ASJ and Kasen are starting to get comfortable in the weekly routine - "They'll continue to grow, I think. Obviously, as young as they are, the learning curve is extremely high, and it's still pretty high. They're not playing at the level of a fifth-year senior from the standpoint of being in the system a long time and knowing the intricacies of every assignment. And they are still learning that on the fly, and as we change, their assignments change - so they have to learn a whole new thing. There is still a lot of room for growth with those guys, but very, very happy with what they've brought. They are doing a great job."

On being more aggressive and more relentless on offense - "You want to play with an attacking style, and you want to play physical and you want to maximize your number of snaps by the tempo in which you play with…so there's a lot of things we can improve on offensively."

On if he's been satisfied with the aggressiveness and physical play of the OL - "I thought they played aggressive. I thought they played real aggressive the other day. I thought they played physical; I thought they protected the passer well; I thought they came off the ball in the running game."

Surprised at all by Keith Price? "I don't get caught up in the numbers.  I think those are a result of the process and he has worked extremely hard. He continues to get better every day and see new things and learn new things and really believe he is going to just continue to grow.''

On Price's injuries? "It's part of football and you see it all the time guys get banged up throughout the season and part of the deal is learning to play through that stuff and it is what it is. Keith is doing a good job preparing and I feel like he has prepared very well this week and nothing has changed in the process of how he has prepared.''

On if Price has learned more due to dealing with the injuries? "I don't think that really, uou prepare to play the game and you study the game plan and the opponent.''

On what is Cal's defensive strength: "They present a bunch of different looks for you, they move around a lot and they've got a lot of team speed. They run well in the front end and they run well in the back end and they do a good job of presenting different looks to you and bringing different pressures to you so we are really going to have to be honed in.''

On Keith Price's accuracy: "I just think he is playing well and he will continue to play well, I believe it is part of the process and the way he has prepared himself for the opportunity. He continues to prepare well and obviously the quarterback when things are going well he gets a lot of the glory and when they are not going well they take a lot more of the heat than they should and that's just the nature of the best and the nature of the position. We are playing well around Keith and that's a big thing.''

On if it's a priority to get Austin Seferian-Jenkins more involved: "Obviously being a young player he's got a big learning curve but any time you get a player like that involved in the system, it helps.''

On Price taking over for Jake Locker: "We talked about that very early on that Keith is not Jake Locker. Jake Locker is Jake Locker. Keith Price is Keith Price and that's what's important to Keith Price and I think he's done a good job of being Keith Price.''

Do you want to get Kasen more involved with the offense? "Kasen has done a really nice job, very talented young player. Like I said before, the learning curve is extremely high right now. Obviously to come into this system and pick it up as well as he has, we are very pleased with where he's at. And obviously, he'll continue to grow."  

What about DiAndre Campbell? "Obviously, we got a lot of guys touching the ball. You look a thte stat sheets at the end of the game, the ball is getting distributed pretty well. Obviously, you put different guys in different situations to fit their strength."  

Are you noticing that defenses are ganging up on Seferian-Jenkins and paying attention to where he is on the field? "Any time somebody that size walks on the field, you take notice. Obviously, Austin has done some good things. Defenses see what we see on film and they are preparing for the tight end to do whatever he is doing of film. If we run him vertical, obviously, people will key on him. It's the system and how we utilize the tight end is the biggest thing."  

What do you think of the line so far? "I think the line has played really well, expecially the last two weeks. I don't think we played as well as we are capable of in week one. I felt like we were a little hesitant. I felt like the last two weeks we really played physical, we played hard, we played aggressive and we protected quarterback fairly well for the most part."

Will we see more of Keith's mobility? "I think he looks good. I think he looks healthy. And he's going to go."

On only using the five OL, instead of rotating in others "I think any time you can settle in on a group up front with all the communication, the calls, working together and the line games, the better off you are. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to do that in the first two years. This year we've been able to do that, and I think its' been a big key of what we done to date. The longer guys work together, the better they are going to work together."

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Eric Dore:
9/21/2011
4:04 pm

Joel Thomas Wednesday Quotes



On the Nebraska loss: "Obviously there's a 24 hour rule.  We thought about this thing, we dwelled on it for Sunday, came out here Monday and we're locked in on Cal and ready to go.  We understand it's the Pac-12 opener, we're back at home, we're on to the next one.  We got to have a short memory, correct our mistakes, but understand what we got to do to get better and move on."

 

On if the intensity picks up now that it's conference play: "I'd like to say we're intense all the time, but it's part of the goal, what we're trying to accomplish is be Pac-12 champions.  We have to go one step at a time and this is the first step in the road."

 

On how Polk is different now than a year ago: "A year ago at this time he was physical and running pretty good.  I remember we played SC a year ago about this time and he's doing alright.  I think from his standpoint, maturation, his mental ability to pick up a lot of things in the game is better, that just comes with age and reps, but as far as a runner he's consistent.  I think he's a little more consistent than he was a year ago at this time."

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Chris Fetters:
9/21/2011
3:59 pm

Steve Sarkisian Wednesday Quotes



On the team's health - "We're on the mend. The guys that were a little nicked up after the ball game are getting better. That's natural. I think the guys that were out of the game - Taz and Fellner - are both getting better. I don't know if we'll have them back necessarily for Saturday, but they are getting better."

On Price's knees - "I don't know. He moved pretty good today. I thought he moved better this Wednesday than he did a Wednesday ago, so I'm encouraged by that."

On Jesse Callier - "I thought he moved around a lot better today too, so we'll see how he responds tomorrow."

On how Price's knee affects his mechanics - "Not so much throwing, I think. He has a tendency to get his base a little too wide, and I don't know if that's because of the knee or not. I don't think so. I think that was even before. The only thing mechanically is not being able to really run…he's still quick and elusive. We see that in the pocket, and we see that with some suddenness on the 6-7 yard runs…he just hasn't been able to really open up and go the way he can. But again - I thought he moved and ran better today in a lot of our movement stuff, and I would imagine that he'll be even better tomorrow."

On how much of the playbook has yet to be revealed? - "We've got all sorts of stuff (laughs). I think we're about on course of what we would normally be. There are some things we are excited about that we'd like to run that fits the opponent and what you're doing. I think it would be foolish to have everything all at once, and you can't call all those plays. We try to save some things from week to week to input."

On if there's anything different in the new alignment of the Pac-12 - "I think you have to win. Every game counts the same - that part doesn't change. If we were just playing our division, or if our division games counted more than playing the South, that might have a difference. But they all count the same, so you have to prepare the same. I don't know. Maybe until I get some information of what it's like with a championship game and all that stuff…I'm not sure."

On Dennis Erickson's comment about liking the division format, because you can have a hiccup or two in league and still be able to get to the title game - "I think there's something to be said about that. You don't necessarily have to finish first in the conference; you can finish third in the conference for that matter and still make the championship game. So there's something unique about that."

On Quinton Richardson responding - "He's getting there. He's still not 100 percent, which I think is part of the problem. I think he's responded. I thought he was in real good spirits today and had a good practice."

On Bishop Sankey rebounding this week - "He's OK. I reminded the team, and I reminded Bishop - the opening kickoff of the 2010 season, a guy by the name of Chris Polk dropped that one too, and went on to rush for 1400 yards last year. So you can rebound. One play doesn't define a young man, and Bishop will be fine."

On Nick Montana - "Nick's been playing well. I think it dates back to the second half of training camp through now. He's been playing well. That wasn't the case of why Nick wasn't our starter. It was Keith playing really well. And we're seeing that as well, the capabilities that Keith has at quarterback."

On Semisi Tokolahi - "We're trying. The hardest part is just the overall feeling and strength of his foot. You know, it's just not quite there to where we want it to be. Our job, I think, first is to make sure that the well-being of our players is in the right place of order. There's days when he really shows things that are encouraging. There's other days when he doesn't show things the way we would like. So that's what's making it so hard to put him in the game, actually."

Deeper rotation on DL - "Hopefully. We would like to. Hopefully that would help us stay fresh later in the ball game. That comes with trust. That comes with guys doing things right in practice on a consistent basis, and then when they get their chances in ball games doing things right. So that comes with trust, that comes with time, and hopefully we can develop that sooner rather than later."

Was depth an issue at Nebraska? - "At some points there were. There were a couple of drives when I think it was an issue, where I thought we wore down and they leaned on us pretty good. I thought it had an effect."

Sione 100 percent? - "Yeah, I think he's back to normal now."

More production out of OLBs - "I didn't know. There was so much unknown with those kids. You don't know. It's the same as all of our young players. Some of them can adapt and play to the level of the game that's necessary to really be effective and productive, and other guys it just takes a little time. I think Johnny and Princeton have had some moments when they've really done some nice things, and other moments when they haven't been as good. But that's part of being a young player. And hopefully, we're not continually making whatever mistakes we're making, whatever mishaps, on a consistent basis. Hopefully we learn from it, we move on, and when that situation comes up again, you play better when it comes."

Appreciate Mason Foster more? - "Oh, yeah. I appreciated him Sunday when I looked at the stats and he had however-many tackles and a sack in the NFL. He's a great player. We knew that here, and we knew the impact of what he had on our football team, without a doubt."

On Josh Shirley - "I'll say this: Josh has had his best week of practice. Yesterday and today were the best two practices he's had since spring ball. I don't know exactly where the light turned on, but it did. I expect him to get more involved this Saturday when he's on the field, to be more productive."

What's different with Shirley? - "He's just playing faster. He's playing fast, I'm noticing him, I'm feeling him in practice, his speed. So the goal is to get that to carry over on Saturday."

On any difference with Zach Maynard - "Not a whole lot. Jeff's got a great scheme. Jeff, like all of us, you adapt to the times. With Jeff, there's a little bit of a wrinkle of the Pistol to the offense now, there's a little bit of a wrinkle with the zone read stuff that they were doing last year with Keenan Allen at quarterback, and now they're just doing it with Maynard at quarterback. But a lot of the same principles are there. They still run quite a few trick plays in the fringe area; that's one of the things they love to do. They still love to run the football in a power-style running game with the zone plays and the power game. And they're going to get the ball to their wideouts. That's been a trademark of Jeff for years."

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Eric Dore:
9/21/2011
3:52 pm

Senio Kelemete Wednesday Quotes



On his assessment of the O-line play against Nebraska: "I feel like we did pretty good overall.  We played physical, we picked up most of the pressure that they threw at us, but overall I think we're doing really good.  We're progressing every game, just little things that we messed up on that we need to fix up especially when we don't want Keith (Price) taking hits like that.  Overall I think we're doing really good, physical up front running the ball and giving Keith enough time to throw the ball."

 

On any differences protecting between Locker and Price: "Not really, he's mobile enough just like Jake to move around in the pocket but overall it doesn't necessarily make our job any harder but it's a little different dealing with Keith than having Jake behind there."

 

On Chris Polk running for 100 yards in 5 straight games being a sense of pride: "Always seeing Chris Polk running for over 100 yards, that's one of our goals is to make sure at least one of our backs has at least over 100 yards rushing.  A lot of that too is on him, breaking tackles, making guys miss, running guys over and that really sets up the passing game for Keith."

 

On Cal: "By watching film on them, they're really physical up front.  They play really good with low pad level, really good get off, their linebackers like to fill the gaps so this Saturday is going to be a physical game just like Nebraska.  We're going to have to come out here and match their intensity, play with low pad level, and get off."

 

On if they've played their best yet: "No I still think there's wrinkles that we need to fix.  There is so much that we still need to improve on, it's the little things that are killing us right now so I think we still got a lot more to go until we actually play up to our potential."

 

On Tanigawa: "I think he's doing great so far playing 3 games as a starter as a redshirt freshman, he's doing pretty good.  Taking in the playbook really well, picking it up and also being able to play with the big boys."

 

On being a better player than he was last year: "I feel like just being more mentally tough and also being more physical up front, being able to unload on guys getting off the ball and actually moving guys 3 or 4yards off the ball."

 

On how much the Nebraska loss still stings: "It still leaves a nasty taste, but like Coach Sark says it's the 24 hour rule and we got to move on.  We can't drag off of that and be like oh man we lost.  We got to get back up on the horse and keep going, that one game is not going to define our season so we're going to keep on going, keep on pushing."

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Chris Fetters:
9/20/2011
4:20 pm

Nick Holt Tuesday Quotes



How does it feel to have Sark backing you up? - "We need to get better. We need to play better. And we will. The third quarter just wasn't very good and a couple plays in the first quarter got us. We'll get better. We're still young at some positions. Guys are getting more confidence as we get more reps. But it hasn't been good last week. At times it was good, we need to keep on getting better."  

How do the third quarter plays impact the defense and the mindset? - "Well that's harder. Obviously you are backed up on the 1-yard line, there's a lot of times field postions wans't great, but good defenses respond. We got to go out and stop them. We need to find some big playmakers and our older guys need to lead the young lead the young guys.  And do what they are supposed to do. But come up and rise up and make some of those plays for us so we get out of drives. Unfortunately, that's going to happen, you are going to be backed up and have some adversity and you need to fight through that."  

What's the biggest weakness of the defense? - "Right now, we need to find some playmakers, consistent playmakers. It will come. We just need to keep on getting better at some stuff."  

What does Sark's endorsement mean anything to you? - "I didn't know. I wasn't cognizant or know what was happening.  But we are all in this together. We've won a lot of games togheter. He's got all the faith in the world in the defensive staff. We've got faith with all the other guys. So we got to get better. There's no question about it."  

What's holding back the relentless and aggressiveness that Sark yearns for? - "Some of our guys just aren't playing as fast as they need to be. You look at the production and we need more production out of some of the guys that are on the field. It just comes back to we need to do a good job of putting our kids in position to make good plays. And when the opportunties arrive, they need to make them."  

Third down defense improved, what is the next thing you really need to improve on? - "Consistency, especially from some of the young guys that are playing."  

When you talk about guys stepping up, is it pass rush, secondary? - "It's everything, guys stepping up. With our veterans on the first play of the game, need to do things right so we aren't down 7-0 after 10 seconds of the game. Just some stuff that our guys, we just need to get back to some of the basic stuff. It's a lot of things. .

What difference does the new, more mobile QB Maynard make to Cal's offense? "He's better than what they've played with for the last year. He's done a nice job. He's very athletic. He's accurate. It seems like he has a very nice command of the offense and they have a lot of nice weapons. A lot of nice receivers. A good offensive line. And solid running backs. So he throws the ball real well, and he's done a nice job."  

What can you actually get out of Presbyterian game film? "Well, you take a look at, obviously, the game. There are a lot of things that Cal does that they would have done against anybody. It's their offense. The starters weren't out there the whole game, but it's Cal's offense. Obviously, they got held back and they'll have some new stuff, but you have to watch it, you really do. Just so you see everything."  

So you expect Cal to hit you with new stuff? "Well, it's still early in the season. They have some new stuff that they have that they haven't gotten to. Hopefully we will be ready for everything that they have."  

What'd you say to Jordan Wallace before he transferred? "He wanted to go elsewhere and other opportunities. I made sure he was thinking through this decision, that he covered all his bases, that he knew what he was getting into without getting a degree from Washington. We wish him well. We wished him great luck. Sometimes we don't agree with kids' decisions, but it their decisions. If they are not happy they are not happy. Hopefully he can find happiness in another program. We wish him well."  

Did the injury accelerate him leaving? "I think he wants to go play and he's been struggling down on the depth chart, and he wants an opportunity to play where there is less competition."  

Yardage totals, do you internalize that? "No, you look at it, you see why. You've got to take the positives and learn from the negatives. You know, it's after three games. You usually get better -- or we have gotten better, historically, through the season -- which we will this year. But some of the stuff shouldn't happen. Some of the big plays shouldn't have happened on Saturday and in the other two games. It's a learning experience. Unfortunately, it has happened. We've got to learn from it and we've got to get better."  

Did you think in year 3 the defense would be further along? "Uh...at times. But you've got to remember who we are playing with. There are some guys who have never played in a game at very important positions, and they are going to get better. And they already have gotten better."

On the difference now from end of last season: "A lot of things, you can look at a lot of things that are not happening. We've got to find some guys that are real explosive and playmakers. Just look at the guys we had last year and all the statistics and look at this year and we are missing some of those guys. We'll get better but we've got to get some better play out of our older guys.''

On going against a left-handed quarterback: "They roll-out more maybe to the guy's left hand. But he's a good athlete and he can go both ways, he really can.''

On if guys are in the right spots: "I think probably a little bit of both. Obviously there are some things that they are in the right spots, you guys are out there and you are watching and maybe you guys know defense, which you probably don't (especially that new guy who took over for the dude with no middle finger or whatever) there are a lot of times when we are missing tackles. We can do a better job coaching, there is no question.''

On the outside linebackers: "Getting better. They are just young, but getting better.''

On the defensive line: "They've been the disappointment, to me, really a disappointment so far. The first two games there were a whole different of issues and problems but we didn't need to play as well as we need to for us to win last Saturday, no question. There were some good things but we didn't come with it and we have an older group and we didn't play as well as we need to."

On looking around more on the front: "We are always looking to get better. Always looking to get better at all positions and we need to keep rotating guys in and looking at some guys. But we have some big, big guys and some of the offenses that we have played against so far have been stretching us and a lot of stuff that big guys are not apt to really have an effect on the outcome. But when we do have our chances our big guys have got to play well and we weren't consistent.''

On the coach's interference call: "I was trying to get the defense huddled up because of where the ball was. I didn't know what transpired, everybody else was really involved in the interference, I was not involved. I was there because we were trying to get the defense huddled up and regrouped so we could play good defense with bad field position again. I wasn't involved in the interference, I just got a little too far out and I wasn't cognizant of what happened. I didn't talk to the refs at all, I was trying to get our defense back and get their composure back because we had some guys that were really, really disappointed in that call.''

On losing focus in the third quarter - "The third quarter was bad. The first series…we got them in a third-and-three, and then we miss the tackle on the third-and-three option…I don't know if you remember that right on our sideline…we could have had him and could been out of the drive. The next play, we didn't do what we were supposed…there were three plays in a row…boom, boom, boom, where they went down, and we did not play all three plays correctly. We got frazzled. They score and kick off, and then the fumble happened and we go back out on the one-yard line and it disintegrated from there for about 10-15 minutes. We finally got our guys back, but in however long it was - 10 minutes or whatever - we'd given up 21 points, and boom, boom, boom - it shouldn't have happened. It started with the first series of the third quarter. We had them third-and-three, missed a tackle and boom! They hit another play where we didn't play it correctly, and right after that they hit another play where we didn't play it correctly…all plays that we had worked on in practice."

On bouncing back in the fourth quarter - "It was great. It was good and bad…those last two series we were really slugging it out and we're playing aggressive defense. We should have been doing that earlier. So that last series where we get out and get a fourth-down stop and our guys are fired up - we should have done that in the third quarter, when it really mattered. I mean it always matters, but especially in the third quarter - especially when the game was kind of tipping in their favor. They had a three-and-out stop, stoned us, and we had to punt, then boom, boom, boom they scored, and they score again because they are on the half-inch…one-yard line…we need to rebound from that. And as a defense, a good defense, get the momentum back by getting a three-and-out ourselves or getting a turnover, or something like that."

On his halftime speech - "It was positive, with some things. I wasn't really happy when they went down the field…we missed a big tackle on a seam route where we could have really laid the wood on the guy. They get a field goal. There were a lot of opportunities for us to make plays, and we've got to make them."

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Chris Fetters:
9/20/2011
4:06 pm

Everrette Thompson Tuesday Quotes



On his game going into league play - "Feels good, going out there and making some plays. Hopefully I clean up some stuff and collectively as a group we need to get better. I think we're getting better. Like you said, it's going to start counting now…it's conference play."

On ratcheting up the relentlessness - "Yeah, there's a real good sense of urgency from our coaching staff. We're just trying to get after it, get after the ball, be aggressive, stop thinking so much…just go play and have fun."

On playing inside or outside - "I feel like if it came down to winning the game, probably going outside. I feel comfortable out there. But I can go in or out."

On his take on the pass rush - "We've got to stop the run first of all. We have to work on that firstly, then the pass rush will come. Get 'em in third-and-longs, and you'll see some pass rush."

On how different Cal is with a left-handed passer - "It just opens up a different side of the field because he's left-handed. He's a great athlete at quarterback, and he'll give us some problems. But we just have to play our technique and do our job and we should be fine."

On Cal being one-dimensional with the run - "Cal is a running team. They stick to the run no matter what, so we have to knock them out of the run and make them one-dimensional and make them try and throw the rock. We should be good from there."

On UW's run defense, and what they are working on - "Just doing our job and just making sure we're not trying too hard to do more than we need to. We just have to stick to that, stick to the details, and you'll see some good plays."

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Eric Dore:
9/20/2011
3:50 pm

Hauoli Jamora Tuesday Quotes



On his assessment of the D-line thus far: "Pretty decent, that's it."

 

On where they can get better: "Everything.  I can only speak better for myself, we have to get better in the run and the pass."

 

On if it's a matter of being in the right gaps: "Not so much, but a little bit here and there.  Mostly just making our plays when they're there to be made and being in the right spot, where we're supposed to be."

 

On how Cal has changed from last year on offense: "Makes it a lot different, last year he was a pocket passer so we knew he was going to step up.  I noticed this guy likes to scramble out the back a lot and he's quick, he's like Keith (Price).  Just makes it a lot different in chasing him down."

 

On if he scrambles to avoid pressure or for yards: "Buys time to make bigger plays."

 

On what he needs to see out of the defense: "We got to be a lot better, get better pass rush, better run stopping, all of that.  Cal is a hard nosed running football team so we always got to stop the run first."

 

On if he has looked at the yardage given up numbers: "Yeah, pretty frustrating for the coaches and for us, kind of embarrassing."

 

On if this start reminds him of last year's start: "We will definitely take our lessons from last game.  It definitely doesn't feel like last year's team if that's what you're saying.  I feel like we have a lot of potential and just cleaning up more things that are exposed."

 

On if conference play feels like something different: "Yeah, it's the start of a whole new ball game.  It's like the first quarter, we got another chance."

 

On if it feels like a fresh start: "Yup, definitely, new start from here on out."

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Eric Dore:
9/20/2011
3:38 pm

John Timu and Princeton Fuimaono Tuesday Quotes



On if they look at the numbers of yardage given up (Timu): "Oh yeah, it's a big thing for us.  It's something we have to improve on.  As linebackers we'll take it upon us because we have to play the run first and being young is not an excuse but we just have to practice hard throughout the week and get better.  Throughout we have to get better overall."

 

On any signs that the defense will turn the corner (Fuimaono): "We just have to play fast really.  That's all we got to do.  Defense, linebackers just got to play fast.  Got to play on their side of the field we just got to go and play fast."

 

On if it's hard to play fast being inexperienced (Timu): "That's our problem, that's the inexperience of being young, we're thinking too much about our responsibilities and we don't get to play.  If we can just get rid of that habit and just play fast and as coach says just trust in our coaches and the game-plan and as long as we play and we know what we're doing we'll be fine."

 

On if he ever thinks about filling Mason Foster's shoes (Fuimaono): "Those are big shoes to fill right there.  Seeing what Mason did last year, I just got to improve on things I got to do and look at film from last year and look at Mason.  He's a very experienced guy and he knows the defense well.  I just got to go in and play hard and read my keys right, just go and play fast."

 

On if he picked Foster's brain last year (Fuimaono): "Yeah he showed me some schemes, he showed me how to read a little bit and he helped me a lot basically reading, keying the fullback and then falling back, so he showed me a lot, showed me the ropes."

On if they look at the tackle stats (Timu): "We're not looking at the numbers, it's victories that really matter.  If we do our job then the numbers will keep going up and so will our victories."

 

On if Foster was making plays because of experience (Timu): "Oh yeah, he's a great player.  A lot of things he did were on his own.  You can't coach some of the things that he did.  That's just what being a great player is – go with the game plan and then he was loose, just went off and did his thing."

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Chris Fetters:
9/20/2011
12:02 pm

Steve Sarkisian Pac-12 Teleconference Notes



On Keith Price - He's playing at a high level. Thought he was this capable. Raised in the system and knows it extremely well. Concerns were how he would respond to being the starter every day. But not surprised as others because I see it every day.

On the differences in the defense - Not playing with the tenacity and relentlessness we need to. Afraid to make a mistake, and can't play that way. Will be corrected sooner, rather than later.

On Barnett and Wallace - They've decided to transfer.

On the mechanics of getting explanations on the calls of the NU game - Still waiting to hear, and expect to hear something at some point.

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Chris Fetters:
9/20/2011
11:53 am

Jeff Tedford Pac-12 Teleconference Notes



On UW and what's different from last year - They do a lot of the same things. Price is multi-dimensional. He's not as big as Locker, but he's still very athletic and has a lot of weapons around him. Great RB with Polk and good young TE. Lot of weapons, and he's doing a nice job of running the show.

On UW's defense - Try and tax you everywhere. Sound in what they do and have good players running it. Physical up front, good LB's, and have a lot of respect for their secondary. Good team.

On record-breaking win - Really haven't had a chance to think about it, and then some things happened afterward that I wasn't expecting. Players took pride in it, did a ceremony at mid-field…caught me off-guard. Thought about all the coaches and players over the last nine years that had to do with getting to this point. It's a pretty big deal, and it kind of hit me all at once.

On being popular early and thinking he was on the fast track - Never thought of it that way. Don't have an agenda on things moving forward. Enjoying my time here. Lot of success early meant some opportunities early, but never really thought about leaving. Early on, thought about it at times, but wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page and wanted to make sure the program was up to speed, but trusted the intentions of the school were there, and eventually it came through.

On Deandre Coleman - Rotating in and doing a great job. He's been a force at times, but we're deep on the DL. Don't have guys playing the entire game, but he's can give us quality minutes.

On Zach Maynard's progression - The learning curve has picked up for him, and he's done a nice job. Hadn't played in a while, so to get back to game speed in a game environment needs to happen. Fourth game in a different stadium. Husky Stadium can be one of the loudest stadiums in the country. He continues to improve, but this will be a great test for him on Saturday.

On trying to find guys like Aaron Rodgers, and the difficulty of finding QB's like him - Won a lot of games here. Won 10 games with Nate Longshore. Knock on Kevin Riley was consistency, but still won a number of games. Can get spoiled with a guy like Aaron Rodgers. If expectations are that every QB after Rodgers has to play like him, we'll be disappointed. But with Maynard, he can probably use his legs better than any QB we've had, so that's a new dimension.

On anything surprising him so far - Not really. Each game has been a bit different. Fresno was a tough game. It was great to go to CU and win it the way we did…the emotion and the leadership that it provided gave us tools to grow from. And last week, it happened the way it was supposed to happen. But have to eliminate penalties. UW will be a whole 'nother test. Will have to step it up a notch if we are to be successful.

On last year's loss and a chip on your shoulder - I think it was motivation for the whole off-season and through the summer. But this is a different team and UW is a different team and it's a new season. We need to reach our potential. It was odd how that game ended - knocked us out of a bowl. But the motivation now is to play our best and get a win. Because after the game starts, all that other stuff is out of your mind. Now it's a matter of what's happening now and execution.

On how the team has responded to Maynard - Everyone has accepted him as a leader. He's worked hard in the spring and summer. He doesn't talk a lot, but when he does they respect what he says. He's a strong competitor. His experience in the offense is better than what Mansion's was last year, and he's more athletic so you can do more things.

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Chris Fetters:
9/20/2011
10:22 am

California's 2-deeps released

OFFENSE:

WR 1 Marvin Jones (6-3, 202, Sr.)
2 Coleman Edmond (5-11, 205, Sr.*)

LT 72 Mitchell Schwartz (6-6, 318, Sr.*)
79 Bill Tyndall (6-4, 280, So.*)

LG 57 Brian Schwenke (6-4, 300, Jr.)
58 Chris Adcock (6-3, 300, Fr.*)

C 65 Dominic Galas (6-1, 290, Jr.*)
68 Mark Brazinski (6-3, 295, So.*)

RG 61 Justin Cheadle (6-3, 295, Sr.*)
52 Justin Gates (6-3, 295, Sr.*)

RT 75 Matt Summers-Gavin (6-4, 295, Jr.*)
77 Tyler Rigsbee (6-5, 288, Jr.*)

TE 80 Anthony Miller (6-4, 260, Sr.)
87 Spencer Hagan (6-5, 220, So.*)

WR 21 Keenan Allen (6-3, 205, So.)
11 Michael Calvin (6-3, 215, Sr.*)

QB 15 Zach Maynard (6-2, 190, Jr.*)
16 Allan Bridgford (6-3, 212, So.*)

FB 22 Will Kapp (5-10, 225, Sr.*)
31 John Tyndall (6-3, 240, Sr.*)

TB 20 Isi Sofele (5-8, 190, Jr.)
33 Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (5-11, 210, Jr.*)
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9 C.J. Anderson (5-11, 215, Jr.)

DEFENSE:

DE 92 Trevor Guyton (6-3, 280, Sr.)
90 Mustafa Jalil (6-2, 285, Fr.)

NG 96 Kendrick Payne (6-2, 285, Jr.*)
50 Aaron Tipoti (6-2, 295, Jr.*)

DE 95 Ernest Owusu (6-5, 270, Sr.*)
91 Deandre Coleman (6-5, 315, So.*)

OLB 43 Dan Camporeale (6-3, 240, So.*)
40 Chris McCain (6-6, 233, Fr.)

ILB 3 D.J. Holt (6-1, 242, Sr.*)
37 Robert Mullins (6-0, 225, Jr.*)

ILB 30 Mychal Kendricks (6-0, 240, Sr.)
34 J.P. Hurrell (5-11, 220, Jr.*)

OLB 22 Ryan Davis (6-4, 250, Sr.*)
44 David Wilkerson (6-2, 240, Fr.*)

CB 2 Marc Anthony (6-0, 200, Jr.*)
21 Stefan McClure (5-11, 188, Fr.)

S 11 Sean Cattouse (6-3, 218, Sr.*)
8 C.J. Moncrease (6-1, 215, Sr.*)

S 7 D.J. Campbell (6-0, 205, Sr.*)
5 Michael Coley (5-11, 202, Fr.*)

CB 1 Steve Williams (5-10, 185, So.*)
23 Josh Hill (5-10, 202, Jr.*)

SPECIALISTS:

P 19 Bryan Anger (6-4, 208, Sr.*)
45 Jed Barnett (6-2, 215, Fr.*)

PK 40 Giorgio Tavecchio (5-10, 178, Sr.)
45 Jed Barnett (6-2, 215, Fr.*)

SNAP 50 Matt Rios (6-0, 230, Jr.*)

HLD 19 Bryan Anger (6-4, 208, Sr.*)

PR 1 Marvin Jones (6-3, 202, Sr.)
21 Keenan Allen (6-3, 205, So.)

KR 2 Coleman Edmond (5-11, 205, Sr.*)
5 Brendan Bigelow (5-10, 180, Fr.)

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Chris Fetters:
9/19/2011
5:41 pm

Steve Sarkisian Monday Coaches Show Notes



Gas brings the show in, nice day.  

Looking back on the NU game.  When you're an underdog on the road, have to minimize obstacles.  Sark said when you look at TO margin, 3-1.  Penalties - 9 for 90 yards.  It starts there.  Momentum shifts within the game. Couldn't get over the hump, but then they showed poise and pride to get back in the game late.

Gas talked about handing NU two scores in nine seconds, and how you just can't do that.  Sark said that when you're on the road against a top-10 team things happen.  Don't convert a third-down with Aguilar, then they score, botched return, score, and then can't convert on a 4th down - that sequence tells the story.

Rondeau asked if he had ever gone through a quarter like that, and he said no.  Sark said that he reminded Bishop Sankey and the team today that Chris Polk had a fumble to start out last year at BYU, and he still had a good year.  

BR asked what he was doing back there, and Sark said he was next in line, and he'll continue to get opportunities to return kicks.

BR talked about five drives that started inside UW territory, and Sark said those were killers.  Said some were because of disputes with penalties - offsides, kick catch interference...tough breaks for special teams, but they also had some decent things happen to, like Smith's return.

BR asked Trufant about it, and he said he didn't see a fair catch signal, so it's his job to tackle as soon as the ball is caught.  BR asked Sark what the refs said, and the refs said that he wasn't given a chance to catch the ball.  Sark said he caught the ball, so he had enough room to catch the ball.  Sark doesn't agree with it.

BR asked about the return that appeared to be muffed in the second quarter.  Sark said that it spoke for itself.  Some tough breaks, but it's a great learning experience.  You have to worry about the things you can't control. It happened to us as a young football team, and it starts with him.  It trickled down to the team, and that meant everyone was distracted.  And when you're distracted, you get beat.

BR said that call means three points for NU, and Sark said that when you get points heading into halftime, it's an uplifting feeling.  They've done that.  But going into halftime, he still felt fine about things.

Gas asked about the interference call and the subsequent team penalty in the third quarter.  Sark said they called sideline interference, and that's a live ball penalty.  Holt was trying to get the defense going, he wasn't going after the ref.  Also said that it shouldn't have been called, because the ball was dead.  Sark - "Don't make up a penalty." 

Gas brought up the look Sark shot to Holt right after that penalty was called, and Sark said that it was probably because he was more mad at himself.  Gas said he hopes he's never on the return end of that kind of stare. Gas brings the show in, talking about some of the positives...starting with Keith Price.  Said ever since he saw him at Oregon, he knew he could handle it.  Sark said he has a real calming effect on the team.  Would rather be in that environment than a quiet one.  True warrior, battled, competed, and gave them a chance to win the game.

BR said Keith has embraced the role - literally, with braces.  Mentioned the one play where it was obvious he wasn't able to move well.  Compared it to Kirk Gibson.  Sark said that it's a big part of his game.  Right knee is almost 100 percent, so now they'll focus on getting the left knee ready.

BR talked about the hit Crick made on Price.  Sark said that was a serious hit.  "It belonged on Sundays."  He'll learned.  He was trying to buy time, but he'll learn not to take those sacks.  Those plays help you learn not to take those plays.

BR said his play inspired his teammates.  James Johnson said he has a heart of steel and for everyone else, it's a gut check for them.  Really proud of him and the way he's pushing through injury.  Sark said he's a tremendous competitor.  Don't know if anyone hurt more after the NU game than Keith Price.  He's a winner, and he's going to win plenty of games for UW.  Got to get him healthy so he can use all his game.

Gas asked about Price's leadership, and Sark said he earned a great deal of respect after getting right back up after the Crick hit.  They knew he was injured in the other knee, and for him to scramble around to make plays...that earned him even more respect.

Gas mentioned the story of Byron Leftwich, and when he was so hurt his teammates are picking him up because he can't run down the field fast enough - and Sark agreed.

BR talked about 11 TD's in three games, and it sounds like that's the most any UW QB has thrown in three-straight games ever.  Sark said it's not just that, but how it's a lot of different type of throws he's making.  He's playing at a very high level. Gas brought the show back in with some defensive numbers.  They played on their heels.  Concerns?  Sark said that his biggest concern is that they aren't playing ferocious, relentless defense.  They are hesitant, and they can't do it.  Can understand hesitating because you're not sure, but if you make a mistake, run into that wall 100 percent.

Gas brought up the first three games, and how each game presented challenges, and Sark said that's life in the Pac-12, always going to face strong challenges.  One of their major concerns after two weeks was third down, and NU was 3-12, so that improved.  Now they have to let it loose, let it go.  You have to let the Dawgs off the porch and let them go.  

Gas said that's a bit strange, knowing Nick Holt, and Sark said it's killing Nick right now.  They want to be more aggressive.  It's an attitude that needs to be fixed.

BR talked about how it was a huge coup to get Holt, and how he's Sark's guy.  Year three into the process, and where are they?   Sark said he's had bad games too.  Last year they had 100 yards against Stanford, and Nick didn't disown him as a coach or friend.  They'll get it fixed.

BR brought up 1989 and the big scheme change by Jim Lambright - the 50 defense that turned into Purple Reign.  Any changes now?  Sark said there could be something to that, but each week nowadays you're liable to see a totally different offensive philosophy.  It's more about the defense, and the team believing in it.  It happened last year, and the frustration now is that they just want it to happen sooner.

BR said you can dissect it all you want, but at the end of the day you have to beat the man in front of you.  Sark said they got blocked.  It's one thing to get blocked, it's another to stay blocked, and they stayed blocked.  Great game by Justin Glenn with his tackles.

Gas said he got an email, and they asked about playing more guys, and Sark said it's something they've looked into, and it may have something to do with what's going on - especially in the second half. So they're looking into it. Gas brought the show back in, and John in Bellingham on the phone - said he saw in the first half NU scored on a wheel route, with a DE covering a RB.  Also said he saw the DE's going down the line on option instead of holding their position.  Sark said yes, the DE is responsible for the RB on the wheel route - very common.  Usually cover the route, and if they go for the wheel route, you have to go with them.  More disappointing, because it was one of their veteran players that had that responsibility.   And on the option, the LB/S has the QB responsibility, not the DE.

Audience member - said they were proud of the team, couldn't beat 15 players on the field (including refs).  Asked about expansion, and what they are hearing.  Sark said thanks for the comment on the team, wish there was 8-10 minutes left in the game, because he felt they would have won.  On expansion, one of the areas that would affect them the most, it means Texas would open right up in recruiting.  Don't know what might happen with pods and divisions and all that.  BR said he didn't know much more than that either.  Said when it became the Pac-12 the first time, Texas was testing waters.  Didn't think they had any intent then to become part of a bigger conference, but with the Big-12 exploding it's very real now.  Probably the one thing in the way is their TV deal - Longhorn Network.  That will have to be dealt with, doesn't think those two can co-exist.  Thinks a Pac-16 is going to happen more and more any day.  Gas said that he thinks Texas should think about going independent.

BR said that he's hearing more about the pod scenario, where the NW schools would be in one, and the Bay Area schools in with CU and Utah, but doubts that would work.  Says the Bay Area schools would want to be paired with the LA schools.  Sark said where there's smoke there's fire, but he hasn't heard anything official yet.

BR talked about the tradeoff, with Texas and Oklahoma coming into California and the NW schools for recruiting, and Sark said that's recruiting.  Got to make sure they don't come into Washington to get some of the state's top kids.

Gas added with ND looking to maybe add themselves to the Big-10, the chances of his alma mater (Indiana) winning a league title are dead and buried. Gas brings the show in with the challenge of OSU and Tulsa - having to start at 12:15 am their time due to thunderstorm. Also had the passing of an assistant's wife, which was very tough.

BR talked with Cort about his difficulties, and having to get into an ice bath.  He said when you first go in there, you lose your breath a second, and the first couple minutes it's not good - but in the long run it's good for you and your body.  Sark said he's not going to take an ice bath tonight. 

Gas asked if they got an ice bath at the show, would he do it?  No dice.  

They asked about injuries, and Sark said that Callier is dinged up, and they need to get him back.  Also need to monitor Nate Fellner and Taz Stevenson.

BR talked about Fellner's replacement - Justin Glenn.  Sark said he did a great job with form tackles, and also showed great speed with a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return.  He looks great and they need him.  With teams spreading defenses out, they need as many healthy DB's as possible. 

Gas asked about onside kicks.  Sark said that NU had their hands team on the first time they kicked deep, so that's when he went for the popover on the next one, but they changed up.  They went their to win, so that's why he did it again.  Hindsight being 20/20,  he probably would have kicked deep again on the first onside kick.

BR asked about going for it on 4th down.  Sark said he'd still go for it, but said he wasn't a fan of the call in hindsight.  Joked that he asked Nuss why he let him make the call, which got some laughs.

Gas talked about Folk and how he continues to deliver, and Sark agreed.  Said one of the best plays was when he bombed a kickoff after having to start from their own 15-yard line.

BR said he sat next to Rasp on the ride to the airport, and he talked about having a bad day.  Sark said on the two interference calls, might have partly been a result of short kicks.  The competition is open once again. Gas brought in the final segment saying it took them 50 minutes to get to Cal, and it took Sark about 5 seconds during his noon press conference.  Sark said it's going to be a tough game, and they have a number of great offensive players, like Isi Sofele, Zach Maynard, and Keenan Allen. Maynard and Allen are half-brothers.  Cal poses a great challenge.  It's Pac-12 play.  All going to have a bad taste in our mouths because of the loss, but as of 12:30 Saturday, have to be ready to go.

BR talked about last year's Cal game, came down to a final play - God's play.  They replayed the play for the show.  Sark said he still gets goosebumps.  Great memory for them, and it's a play that's helped the program progress the way they want to progress.  Don't know what it means for Cal, but they'll be ready and UW needs a great week of preparation.

BR talked about Cal playing Presbyterian.  48 yards of total offense.  Two touchdowns via a blocked punt and pick-six.  So who has the advantage?  Cal or UW?  Sark said he doesn't know.  Cal ran into a scheduling bug, have to play the hand you're dealt.  UW will benefit from playing at Nebraska, as they have to go on the road at Utah and USC.  

BR said he had 86 yards that game last year.  Sark said they have a physical 3-4 front.  Have to do a great job with their game-plan, and also have to come with a very physical mindset.  

BR wished Sark good luck.

End of show.

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Chris Fetters:
9/19/2011
2:23 pm

Steve Sarkisian Monday Press Conference Quotes



Opening Comment - "Pac-12 week. As we finish up the pre-season, I think we've learned a lot about our football team - areas that we can count on, areas that need improvement. But the reality is, the season is now underway. And it's underway Saturday against a very tough opponent in Cal, a 3-0 football team. It's going to be great to be coming home to Husky Stadium, and look forward to playing."

On getting any rules explanations on the disputed calls against Nebraska - "Nope."

On how frustrating it was - "Extremely frustrating. but there's nothing you can do about it. You have to be concerned with the things that you can control, and the things that are out of our hands - there's nothing you can do about it."

On getting caught up in the emotion of the blown calls - "I think as a football team we did, coaches included."

On how you rectify it - "You talk about it after the game - like we did. And we'll talk about it again today, and understand that's out of our control. If they want to call us for excessive celebration or catch interference, or sideline interference…whatever other penalties those were…this is the hand we're dealt. Let's go play with it."

On sensing the frustration building with the calls - "Sure. I really want to credit our coaches and our kids for regrouping. I thought it took a little longer than I would have liked. I thought we did regroup, I thought we found a way to get our composure back, get back to competing and playing and not distracted. But that's what happens when you go on the road, hostile environment, things don't go your way. You get distracted, and that's how you lose. That's why one team has a home-field advantage. I felt like we got distracted, and as I referred to - melted down there for a while. But we found a way to get back right and it was just a little too late. I wish we had about another 8-10 minutes left in the ballgame…I think we had a chance."

On Keith Price - "He's playing phenomenal football for us right now. He's been lights out…he's managed the game extremely well. His demeanor, his command, his competitiveness…he's all we ever could have asked for up until this point through three games."

On his knees - "He's sore, but that's football. You learn to live through some of the injuries and the pain and whatnot that you have. I think we learned a lot about Keith Price through the first quarter of the season. He's a tough kid, he's got a play-making ability about him, and I think our teammates have learned a lot about him and have rallied behind him as well. He'll be sore, but it won't keep him off the field."

On if there's structural damage to the knees - "No."

On Price and his ability to buy time, but also how he can take big hits for it - like the one he suffered against NU's Crick - "That's his game. You learn about players, and that's his style of play. He'll learn. He'll learn the play with Crick, obviously that was a pretty big hit - and he got right up, which was great. He'll learn that certain scenarios, especially third down red zone, we don't need that sack right there. It's OK to throw the ball away and ensure ourselves a field goal. There's areas of the game where he's going to continually improve, and that's one of them. But I'm not going to take away one of his stingers, which is his ability to create. He's definitely got that. We've seen that through three weeks now. He's got an innate ability to extend plays and keep his vision and find open receivers downfield."

You said after the game that Princeton Fuiamaono's bruised shin which got stepped on during his one unassisted tackle in the game was the most serious injury? Is it? - "I think Princeton will be fine.  The other one of concern is Jesse (Callier). He kind of banged his knee, but it's just sore in the back. It's kind of an odd injury. He'll be day to day as well. But I think his is more serious than Princeton's."  

Is Keith Price's left knee more troublesome than the right knee? - "The new injury. The right one is actually just about healed now. It's kind of funny. He will be taking the knee brace off the right one and putting it on his left one now. Maybe in a couple weeks he'll be back to knee-brace free football."  

How close was Keith to coming out? - "It was close. We got a feel for what it was. He felt fine to go. Maybe he didn't know how quite it severe it was till he went to scramble there really late in the game when he was up through the middle and it was wide open and he felt like he couldn't open up and go. We did assess it, but we felt like our best chance to win that game right then was with Keith Price in the game."  

How much have the leg issues taken away from the real Keith Price and what he can do on the football field? - "Keith just naturally he's a quicker guy than he is faster. We are seeing the elusiveness in the pockets. I think he'd probably have a few more rushing yards if he was a 100 percent healthy. But he understands his limitations right now. He's taking care of himself. I like the fact that he slid there early in the ball game when he had a scramble up the middle to take care of himself. We'll continue to stress that upon him until he can get healthy where he can run even more than he is.  But he's still a dangerous player on the field.  

We are now 24 hours removed the from game, but who's counting, any more thoughts on the defense? - "I feel a couple things. One, I'm sick that they got the ball five times on our half of the field to start drives. I wish offensively we got the ball five times on the opponents half of the field to start drive. It makes life a lot easier, you can call a more aggressive style of game, you are already almost in scoring potential. Lot of issues there. Two, I think our players need to believe in our calls better. When we are calling pressures, you need to go. This is the third straight week where we have players unblocked against protections and we are not hitting the quarterback. So we've got to coach that aspect better, we've got to do it better. Three, we need to listen to the coaching points better. When we rmined you that one of the first two plays is going to be a play action pass and they are going to try and throw it over our head, it's not okay to get beat deep. That's not okay. So we got to coach that better."  

On if the first pass play was supposed to have a safety over the top, or if that was all just corner responsibility? - "That was corner responsibility."  

How is Cort holding up? - "He's a middle linebacker in the Pac 12 and he just got done playing a real physical Big 10 team. He's a warrior. I've learned that about Cort now heading into year three with him. He'll be fine."

On Nick Holt and the job he's doing - "I trust Nick Holt. I believe in Nick Holt. I believe in our defensive staff. They are tremendous coaches. I've seen them coach for years. And we will get better."

On the sideline interference flag on holt going onto the field after that punt in the second half, that's the second time that's happened, at least that we know of... "I didn't agree with the call. It was a dead-ball (foul). I've never seen a sideline interference on a dead ball."

Wasn't Holt going out onto the field to dispute the call? - "That's not what he was doing. He was bringing his defense up. ... I was challenging the call... Vehemently."

Did any of the calls look different to you after you saw the film the next day? "No. Not in my opinion. We talked to the Pac-12, gave our official complaints on what we thought should have been, and we'll move forward. That's all we can do."

Is there a lesson that can be learned from how things were dealt with re: penalties? "Well, you know, I think for me personally, I am a passionate guy. I want to everything I can for our kids to give them the best chance to win. And I felt like there was a point there that maybe my emotions got the best of me because I didn't feel like it was right. But I've got to show more composure, if I want our kids to show more composure."

Is that the first time it's happened? "No, but probably for an extended period of time." (chuckles)

On the offensive line: "I thought they played pretty well. I thought Erik Kohler had his best ball game. I thought Drew (Schaefer) had a nice ballgame inside. (Colin) Tanigawa, that's a tough matchup there going against a senior All-American (Jared Crick), and I thought Colin held his own. Even the sack  Crick gets is really on Keith scrambling around, so I was impressed with those guys. I was impressed with Austin Seferian-Jenkins' blocking ability, I though he blocked his best that he has in his first three games so he is growing at the position, at well. We are getting close up front. We are getting to where I think there is a couple of runs in there that I wouldn't be surprised if Chris (Polk) breaks for long ones. We are close, the creases are starting to become what we need and so to go in there for Chris to rush for whatever he rushed for 130 or whatever that was, against that defense, knowing they were going to play with some help for the secondary and give us some opportunity to run the ball was encouraging, but I know we can be better.''

On if Polk is 100 percent: "Oh yeah.''.

On Cal's defense: "They are a real physical group up front. They have a tremendous front seven and they are aggressive in the secondary. They rely on their corners to play one-on-one coverage and they are able to do that --- a couple big plays against Colorado. But the reality is they are a good defensive football team and they really were last year, too, so it poses a great challenge for us offensively.''

On Cal's QB: "Athletic guy, can create, similar to Keith in that they can buy time and create out of the pocket so you have to account for him. He really makes them go and makes them tick. So this is the fourth straight week of us facing an athletic quarterback back there that can buy time and we've got to find a way to contain him. Last week everything we talked about that we need to be better on third down, better on third down, we were, we held Nebraska to 3-12 and did a good job of third-down defense so hopefully that part of the game carries over and now we've got to solidify our first and second down defense as well and eliminate big plays, we weren't able to do that last week.''

On the health of Nate Fellner: "We're hopeful. Have to see, have to see him run around. We shut him down last week to really rest him but it will be great to get next week.''

On Justin Glenn: "Justin had a tremendous ball game."

On the kickoff rotation - "I thought it cleaned up with Kevin and Kasen back there. I thought Kasen looked the most comfortable I've seen him look now in three games, with the punt returns, the kickoff returns, the few times on the offensive side of the ball. So I think he's grown and matured at that level. And, you know, Bishop, he'll learn from it. He'll learn from it. I just got done meeting with Bishop. I think back to our opening kickoff last year, where the best player on our team dropped the opening kickoff at BYU, and he turned out to have a pretty good season too, Chris Polk. You learn from those things in your career, so he'll be fine. Bishop will bounce back."

Sankey was the next guy in line for kickoff return?- "Yup. That was the way it was set up."

Did you intentionally get Kasen Williams more involved in the game plan? - "We were trying to get him more involved in the flow of the game, and I think we did that. You know, we missed a slant on a third down there early in the game, we caught him on kind of a fade-stop there later in the game and had some other opportunities for him. Hopefully we can continue to watch him grow. It's tough to break him in. How do you take James Johnson off the field right now? He had a great game. How do you take Jermaine off the field? It's a great problem to have, and we've just got to work through it and make sure Kasen gets his opportunities as well."

On what's holding back the unblocked blitzers - "It's the belief in knowing and going. When you know, you can go faster. A prime example is the third-down play where Trufant gets the hit on the quarterback and it's nearly an interception by Ta'amu. The pressure calls for Tru, he's unblocked – really, he's blocked, the running back is set there to take him, but he rushed the quarterback with an intent to hit the quarterback, without hesitation, and it showed up. He got to the quarterback and nearly got a sack-caused-fumble, got the ball tipped into the air. We need more guys, when they're called upon to rush the passer, that's how you have to go. You've got to go full-speed, you can't be hesitant."

On seeing Keith Price's toughness when you recruited him - "He's a competitive guy. You should see him play basketball. He doesn't ever want to lose. All of us took the loss very difficult on Saturday, but I don't know if anybody took it any harder than he did. That one hurt him. He's got a real passion. Growing up here, within our culture, within our team, I think he loves his teammates and respects them and wants to do everything he can to give them the best chance to win."

Does Cal have an advantage this week because of who they played last week and staying fresh? - "I don't know. They got to play a lot of guys obviously and maybe an opportunity to experiment with some things here and there and we were in a very difficult environment. I think we learned a lot about ourselves and maybe an advantage that way and there is always something to rally behind that way and leaving a bad taste in your mouth. I don't know until the game comes. I think there are advantages to both of those. But i think this was a good experience for us. there were a lot of good things coming out of our ball game with Nebraska and we learned a lot about ourselves that we can take from and grow from. Hopefully the health factor doesn't play into Saturday. Hopefully we can get back to feeling good an be a healthy football team."

Now that Pac-12 play is beginning, does your message change? - "Well, yeah these games really count. We're not going to prepare differently but these are the one's especially within your division, at home, these are vitally important. It's great to come out of the preseason 2-1 on the winning side, to where we can say we're on top as we head into Pac-12 play. Now, the score changes here on Saturday. There's that other column next to the win-losses, it's the conference win-losses. This is a big one on Saturday."

On expansion thoughts: "I don't know. the first thing that just jumps out to me as a coach, if that's what we decide to do, I think that opens up another fertile recruiting ground for us to where it's really tangible for a kid from Texas to maybe come to the University of Washington but outside of that I don't know. I don't understand all the ramifications of how it would get broken up and the schedule and all that, that's out of my hands."

Since you just took a trip to the Midwest, could you imagine traveling there regularly as part of any expansion plans: "I thought we handled it fine, you know. Good environment for football."

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Eric Dore:
9/19/2011
1:52 pm

Cort Dennison Monday Press Conference Quotes



On if the refs gave him for an explanation for being flagged for kick catching interference: "I don't know I let the coaches deal with that.  What was called is what was called and you can't do anything about it now.  You just got to move on and I realize that the refs have a tough job and no one is perfect.  Everybody is going to be put in hard situations so there's nothing we can do about it now, we just got to move forward."

 

On how they are as a team going into conference play this year in comparison to last year: "As far as last year, finishing games, it's not what you do in the first three quarters, it's what you do in the fourth quarter.  I think we have a really good explanation and mindset of that.  You look back at this last week, we finished strong, we didn't give up, we were still pressing hard there in the fourth quarter.  I think we are going to bring that mindset into every game.  It's not about those first three quarters, it's how you finish.  We realize all the opponents we are going to face in the Pac-12 are very good football teams and we got to bring it for all four quarters."

 

On if there's a natural inclination to turn things up in practice now that it's conference play: "I think you should always bring it every week in practice, that's what good teams do and that's what good defenses do is they bring it every week no matter what the opponent is.  We're in Pac-12 play, we realize this is the heart of our schedule and a very, very important part of our schedule so I think practices are going to be just as intense as they were last week.  We're going to have to bring it again this week."

 

On the pass rush: "I think they're doing a good job, they're playing hard, I'm proud of the guys.  I concentrate more on the linebackers and how we can all get better, but I'm really proud of how our pass rush is doing and there's only room for improvement for them."

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Eric Dore:
9/19/2011
1:40 pm

Desmond Trufant Monday Press Conference Quotes



On what they learned from the Nebraska game: "Just doing the basics, doing your job, just doing what the coaches ask us as to do as far as the scheme.  If you're supposed to be in this gap, be in that gap.  If you're supposed to contain the quarterback or the runningback, do that, just getting back to the little, basic things."

 

On guys not following assignments: "It can be a lot of things, Nebraska is a good team so we can't take nothing away from them, they played a good game.  People just want to make plays sometimes and sometimes they forget exactly what they're supposed to do, but we'll get better as a team."

On if the defense wanted to play for overtime against Cal last year: "We were all behind it.  We're always behind whatever Coach Sark wants to do.  We're supporting him regardless.  We had confidence in the offense and we obviously had confidence as a defense as well, but we were definitely behind the decision."

 

On if that play defined the season: "It could have, there were a lot of great things that happened last year.  The Wazzu game came down to the end.  The UCLA game, Quinton (Richardson) had a big interception for a touchdown so there were a lot of good plays, but we just got to keep moving forward and try to make plays like that."

 

On how much a pass-rush would help the secondary: "I think our D-line does a good job, there's always room for improvement and like I said the D-line helps the secondary and the secondary helps the D-line.  If we have good coverage they get more time for sacks.  If they have good pressure, we get more time for interceptions and to break passes up, so we just got to work better collectively."

 

On his approach covering punts: "I play the gunner position and if we see the returner make a fair catch we know to give him space and let him catch the ball, but I didn't see a fair catch and ran into him pretty much.  I tried to give him space to catch the ball and I think he caught it, then I hit him, but I guess the refs saw something different."

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Chris Fetters:
9/19/2011
1:34 pm

Keith Price Monday Press Conference Quotes



On how the team came out after the Nebraska game - "We're OK. We've still got a lot of things to work on, and we have to go as a unit."

On some of the blown calls - "We can't that game back, but it's definitely frustrating. But we should have played well enough so we don't have to worry about any calls."

On his knees and getting up - "Yesterday was tough, but today I can walk around, I can bend my knees…it'll be alright. I never imagined playing without my legs, that used to be a big part of my game. It's hindering me from playing like that, but I'll be alright."

On being able to throw 11 TD passes without his legs - "Guys are getting open for me, the line is doing a great job…I don't have to do much but throwing it to the open guy. And that's what I've been doing."

On his knee hurting on the last run of the last series - "It was different. I was trying to get down, and then I heard something pop in my knee. I just slid…but I'm alright now."

Hearing something pop? - "I don't know. It was kind of stiff. I thought I was good, but then…pop."

On that taking away from his game - "It's taken it away…I can't lie. I haven't been able to run like I can, but I've been throwing the ball pretty well."

On the possibility he might not play - "I'm playing, I'm playing. I'm playing this week."

On that possibility during the NU game - "I was going to play. I was never going to sit on the bench at all, at no point during that game."

On what's been diagnosed - "It's just a sprain."

On who he had to convince to stay in the game - "I told coach Sark I'm ready. I was all good. It kind of hurt, but it wasn't nothing I couldn't play on."

Coach Nuss too on the phone - "Yeah, I told him I was good."

On what it would take to keep him out - "I don't know…they'd probably have to cut off my legs or something. I don't know. But I wasn't coming out of that game."

On now having a different knee hurt, and how that changes his mechanics - "I just have to overcompensate with my core to throw a tighter spiral and have more velocity on the ball."

On putting a brace on his left knee now instead of his right knee - "Yeah, it's kind of weird, but it's a good thing that my right knee is healing pretty well. I wasn't expecting it to heal this fast, but it's doing pretty good. I'm about 90 percent on my right knee…probably by Saturday I'll be 100 percent. My left knee is about 40 or 50 (percent). But we'll see."

On if he expected to be this banged up - "I didn't know I was going to be this banged up, and it really hasn't been on really big hits. It's been almost on me doing it to myself. I'm injuring myself."

On getting hit by Crick - "He got me pretty hard. My teammates have been teasing me the whole time."

On how he was able to hold onto the ball - "I don't know. That's a good question."

On being hit that hard before - "My feet was in the air…I've never been hit that hard. He laid a hard hit on me."

Did he say anything after? - "Nah, he kind of laid on me…and then a couple plays later he said a little something."

On leading the country in TD passers, and being surprised by that - "Guys are getting open for me."

On his connection with Jermaine Kearse - "That's my guy. Jermaine's a great guy. He's always at my house, we're always messing around with each other. It just shows on the field."

On James Johnson and his comeback - "He's doing a great job, running routes, blocking…he's bouncing back from last year. We're looking to get him the ball some more this year. I love James. He plays with a lot of passion. Every time you see him make a play you see him get real juiced. It's fun playing with a guy like that."

On it being easier and easier to find Austin Seferian-Jenkins more as the season goes on - "That guy is getting open. I just have to get him the ball…throw it high and let him go get it."

On the missed pass to ASJ early in the game - "Yup, I've got to make that throw."

On the heart beating faster now that Pac-12 play is starting - "I can't wait. I'm ready to play against Cal. Different type of year, we're going to see a lot more running. Hopefully we can do something."

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Eric Dore:
9/19/2011
1:24 pm

Justin Glenn Monday Press Conference Quotes



On being injured through much of his career: "Adversity comes, you got to deal with it, that's what football is all about is opportunity.  So when opportunity arises you got to make the most of it, no matter what."

 

On finding out he was starting: "I just had to get my mind right, preparing throughout the week of practice then coming in knowing what they're going to do, knowing what to expect, just going out there and playing fast."

 

On how satisfied he feels after making 15 tackles: "I mean it's one of those things, 15 tackles whatever.  In my mind what stands out are the things that I did wrong.  There were plays where I didn't get off a block and they got out a little bit, stuff that people don't recognize.  And then obviously with the loss, it would have been a lot better if we would have won the football game, but that didn't happen so it's kind of a bittersweet feeling."

 

On if he has shown he can be a starter: "Yeah that's one thing in my mind, I know I can play at this level.  I've done it before it's just a matter of getting back, rehabbing and then getting an opportunity.  When opportunity comes up like last week I want to make the most of it and I think I did a decent job of that.  I got to keep learning, keep getting better as the season progresses and show the coaches.  I want them to be confident in me when I go out there that they know I'm going to do my job to the best of my ability."

 

On what they take away from the Nebraska game: "That's a big, big learning lesson at Nebraska because at halftime mentally we know we are in this, we came out a little lax, kind of shot ourself in the foot at the second half andI think that's one of the main things.  Nebraska is a great football team, credit to them, but we kind of shot ourself in the foot, we know that we did things that made it a little harder for us to get over that hump and get the victory.  I think just focusing on ourselves, doing what we have to do, down in and down out, play after play, taking it one play at a time."

 

On if they got caught up with the refs: "Yeah for a minute, but then after that you got to keep playing football.  There's nothing we can do about a call the referee makes whether it's good or bad."

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Eric Dore:
9/19/2011
1:01 pm

Jermaine Kearse Monday Press Conference Quotes



On what he learned about Price: "He's a real competitor, he was a little banged up but he fought through it and he persevered through it and he showed us how mentally tough and physically tough he is."

 

On whether he thought Price would ever come out over the first 3 games: "No, knowing the type of player Keith is, he's always going to want to be in the game.  He's a competitor, he wants to show his teammates and everyone else he can play."

 

On Pac-12 play: "Start out strong, it's our first game of Pac-12 play, we just want to come out strong and send a message."

 

On what he has to do as a senior when calls don't go their way: "Just keep everyone together, keep everyone composed, just take it one play at a time especially when we get down like that.  I think we got down 17 points or so, so just take it one play at a time and keep my energy up and my enthusiasm up."

 

On if things got out control: "A little at times, but I feel we battled all the way back.  We played well in the fourth quarter, making good drives."

 

On if he expects Cal to be angry after knocking them out of a bowl last year: "I feel like they're going to come out strong.  We got the better out of them the last two games so of course they're going to come out and try to beat us on our home field like every team."

 

On what he remembers in the huddle with Coach Sark before the last play at Cal: "We knew he was going to go for it.  It was kind of exciting the last play, this play will determine who wins the game but everyone was excited in the huddle and it was fun."

 

On if the team wanted to play for overtime instead: "No, I have complete trust in Coach Sark and what he calls so whatever he says, I'm going to do it."

 

On what the call told him about Coach Sark: "That he's an aggressive caller and not afraid to take the shot.  As an offensive player we all like that."

 

On if he's surprised how fast the quarterback position has been settled: "I feel like we were going to transition well.  Keith is a great leader he's becoming a great quarterback, he's doing a great job out there.  I feel like the whole offense is completely behind him."

 

On Cal's defense: "I haven't got the chance to watch that much film on them so I can't tell you right now."

 

On his thoughts on some of the calls: "For me growing up through high school, we always say play through it so whatever the refs call is what they call.  We got to play through it, we can't let something like that determine how we play."

 

On how he thought they played through the tough calls: "I felt we got down at one point but at the end we started picking it back up and I'm proud of our guys for not quitting at the end.  James Johnson had 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter and it was good for us to show that we weren't gong to quit."

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Eric Dore:
9/19/2011
12:19 pm

Quick Injury Updates



Keith Price is sore but won't keep him off the field.  Right knee is almost back to normal, new injury to left knee is one that will hamper him more.

Jesse Callier - sore in back of the knee - day to day.

Cort Dennison - banged up but is fine.

Fellner - hopeful he will be back for Saturday.

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Chris Fetters:
9/19/2011
11:30 am

UW Weekly Depth Chart Released

Washington's Depth Chart vs. California

OFFENSE:

WR - Jermaine Kearse 6-2 208, Sr., Lakewood, Wash./Lakes
Kasen Williams 6-2 212, Fr., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

LT - Senio Kelemete 6-4 301, Sr., Seattle, Wash./Evergreen
Micah Hatchie 6-5 285, RFr., Haleiwa, Hawai'i/Waialua

LG - Colin Tanigawa 6-3 297, RFr., Pasadena, Calif./Loyola
Nick Wood 6-3 303, Sr., Poway, Calif./Poway

Center - Drew Schaefer 6-4 301, Jr., Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake
Mike Criste 6-5 280, RFr., Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo

RG - Colin Porter 6-4 322, So., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
Skyler Fancher 6-6 301, Sr., Costa Mesa, Calif./Huntington Beach OR
James Atoe 6-6 337, RFr, The Dalles, Ore./The Dalles-Wahtonka

RT - Erik Kohler 6-5 298, So., Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian
Ben Riva 6-6 300, RFr., Seattle, Wash./O'Dea

TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6-6 258, Fr., Fox Island, Wash./Gig Harbor OR
Michael Hartvigson 6-6 254, RFr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
Evan Hudson 6-6 260, RFr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
QB - Keith Price 6-1 195, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco
Nick Montana 6-3 203, RFr., Thousand Oaks, Calif./Oaks Christian
Derrick Brown 6-3 236, Fr., Winchester, Calif./Vista Murrieta

FB - Jonathan Amosa 5-11 230, Jr., Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach
Tim Tucker 6-1 240, So., Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne


Nick Holt 5-11 220, Fr., Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep OR
Dezden Petty 5-11 214, Fr., Carson, Calif./Gardena

TB - Chris Polk 5-11 222, Jr., Redlands, Calif./East Valley
Jesse Callier 5-10 200, So., Downey, Calif./Warren
Johri Fogerson 6-1 205, Sr., Kent, Wash./O'Dea
Bishop Sankey 5-10 193, Fr., Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep

WR - Devin Aguilar 6-0 195, Sr., Denver, Colo./Mullen OR
Kevin Smith 6-0 209, So., Compton, Calif./Centennial


WR -
James Johnson 6-1 198, Jr., Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center
DiAndre Campbell 6-1 195, RFr., Oakland, Calif./Oakland Tech


DEFENSE:

DE - Talia Crichton 6-3 255, Jr.,Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood
Andrew Hudson 6-3 231, RFr., Redlands, Cailf./Redlands East Valley

DT - Alameda Ta'amu 6-3 337, Sr., Kent, Wash./Rainier Beach
Danny Shelton 6-1 334, Fr., Auburn, Wash./Auburn
Lawrence Lagafuaina 6-0 329, RFr., Aiea, Hawai'i/Aiea, Hawai'i

DT -
Everrette Thompson 6-6 272, Sr., Renton, Wash./Kennedy
Sione Potoae 6-2 276, So., Fort Lewis, Wash./Lakes
Semisi Tokolahi 6-2 334, Jr., Hilo, Hawai'i/Hilo

DE - Hauoli Jamora 6-3 247, So., Laie, Hawai'i/Kahuku
Josh Shirley 6-3 229, RFr., Fontana, Calif./Kaiser

OLB - John Timu 6-1 220, Fr., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan
Jamaal Kearse 6-2 224, RFr., Lakewood, Wash./Lakes
Cooper Pelluer 6-3 225, So., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline


MIK
- Cort Dennison 6-1 234 Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah/Judge Memorial
Thomas Tutogi 6-1 244, So., Chula Vista, Calif./Southwestern JC
Tim Tucker 6-1 240, So., Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne


OLB - Princeton Fuimaono 6-1 215, So., Long Beach, Calif./LB Jordan
Garret Gilliland 6-0 226, So., Anaheim, Calif./Orange Lutheran
FS - Nathan Fellner 6-1 201, Jr., Fresno, Calif./Clovis West
Justin Glenn 5-11 206, Jr., Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak
Taz Stevenson 6-1 203, So., Mililani, Hawai'i/Mililani

SS - Sean Parker 5-10 202, So., Los Angeles, Calif./Narbonne
Will Shamburger 6-0 192, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco
James Sample 6-2 191, Fr., Sacramento, Calif./Grant
Greg Walker 5-10 203, Jr., Bellflower, Calif./St. Bernard

CB - Quinton Richardson 6-0 203, Sr., Renton, Wash./O'Dea
Gregory Ducre 5-10 173, So., Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw

CB - Desmond Trufant 6-0 184, Jr., Tacoma, Wash./Wilson
Anthony Gobern 5-11 187, Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif./Del Campo
Marcus Peters 5-11 185, Fr., Oakland, Calif./McClymonds


SPECIAL TEAMS:

Punter - Kiel Rasp 6-3 225, Sr., Seattle, Wash./Nathan Hale OR
Will Mahan 5-11 196, Sr., Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield College


PK - Erik Folk 5-11 185, Sr., Woodland Hills, Calif./Notre Dame

Long Snap - Brendan Lopez 6-0 231, Sr., Bellevue, Wash./Michigan

Holder - William Chandler 6-0 191, So., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

KOR - Kevin Smith 6-0 209, So., Compton, Calif./Centennial
Jesse Callier 5-10 200, So., Downey, Calif./Warren

PR - Devin Aguilar 6-0 195, Sr., Denver, Colo./Mullen OR
Kasen Williams 6-2 212, Fr., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline


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