Dawg Blog - Utah

The Dawg Blog is back, and this time Washington goes on the road to play Utah in the Utes' first ever home game in the Pac-12 Conference. Expect an electric environment if you're traveling! The game is this Saturday at 5 pm MT (4 pm Seattle time), and will be on FSN (ROOT Sports in the Northwest). It'll also be on 950KJR and the IMG College Network.

Chris Fetters:
9/29/2011
6:02 pm

Steve Sarkisian Thursday Quotes



On Danny Shelton - "He's good. He got back out here today, a lot better than yesterday. He's had something similar to the other foot, so I think he thinks he'll be fine, and we think he'll be fine."

Who won't travel - "Taz (Stevenson) won't  be able to go. He's just about the only one. No Adam Long. No Deontae Cooper."

No Jamora - "Unfortunately, yeah."

On Jesse Callier - "He looked a lot better today, and running again tomorrow at our walk-through will be good for him, and he'll be ready to go."  

On if John Timu will travel - "Yeah."  

How many travel - "70. Pac-12 is 70."  

On the pass defense coming around? - "I think so. From what we've seen in practice, their confidence is raised. You obviously saw that yesterday with them making some plays on the ball and getting interceptions. So I think we're coming. I'm kind of excited to watch them play Saturday."

Is it a case of one thing here or one thing there with the pass D? "Yeah, but with that you have to play together. It takes 11 guys together on every snap to play relentlessly and aggressively to be successful. I think the goal for us is to play that way down after down after down. It can't just be first and second down, and then have a lapse on third down. We need to do it, 11 guys every snap, collectively, relentlessly."  

Think Utah is going to try to light you guys up with the pass? "They are going to run their offense, you know. How and what they get to, you gotta ask Utah. But I don't think all of a sudden we are going to see the run and shoot on Saturday. I'm sure we will get our fair share of passes and empty formations and those sort of things that we'll have to deal with. But they are going to hand the ball off to John White, too. He's a tremendous running back. So we have to deal with both."

On Utah being the most balanced team they've faced - "I don't know. Cal is obviously a pretty balanced football team in their style of play, and Utah is going to do the same things. They are going to run, they are going to play-action pass, they are going to spread us out. It's not a secret about what they are going to do; it's when they are going to do what they are going to do. And that's the challenge of football."

On the unfamiliarity of Utah adding to the challenge - "I don't think so. I think they are part of our conference, and this game matters as much as last week versus Cal, and as a much as anyone in our conference down the road. And our kids understand that. We obviously understand that we have a bye coming up after this game, so there's no reason to hold anything back. We have to let loose and let it go, and there's nothing to save anything for. We've got two weeks to get ready for the next one after that."

On the hoopla down there, with Larry Scott being at the game and everything - "We can't be distracted. We talked at length about this after the first road game - no distractions. This is about us; let's control what we can control and lock in and focus on the task at hand - and that's the ball game. And within the ball game, it's the next snap - focus in on the next snap."

On the relentless of the offense and his attempts to let them know he wants more from them: "Eh just to kind of send a little message to them. It's going to be a physical game Saturday, you know? Just want to reinforce that thought.''

On coaching differently before a bye: "No, no we are going to have to rotate and play guys. It's warm in Salt Lake, it will  be warm Saturday so we are going to rotate guys, we are going to play them. It's just every other ball game, but I think there is a mindset for our team that there is nothing to save anything for. We've got plenty of time to rest and to recoup and get right, so we are going to put it all out there.''

On Semisi: "He's getting closer, you know? It's a frustrating time for him and for us. We knew it would be this way. We talked about this in training camp. I was hopeful we could get him for the second half of the season where he could really play and participate and I think it's a really nice job by Nick and Johnny Nansen to get him involved in practice and keep him going so that as we hit the home stretch of the season he can be an effective player for us on the defensive line.''

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Chris Fetters:
9/28/2011
8:20 pm

Doug Nussmeier Wednesday Quotes



On if this will be the most hostile environment: "I think they're all hostile in this conference, they're all tough.  Obviously it's a special time for them, it's their first Pac-12 game at home.  I'm sure it's going be a fired up place and a great atmosphere for college football."  

On if he has played or coached there before:  "Played there a long time ago, I think it was the same stadium."  

On how he played: "We did okay."  

On Fogerson not available anymore: "Johri, he's such a well rounded player and did so many different things well obviously.  To have him go down it's unfortunate and everybody feels for him.  We're just going to have to put guys in different roles and guys are going to have to step up."  

On Sankey: "He continues to get better everyday.  I think as natural any young player the more they learn the more they play.  As they continue to grow in the position they're going to get more opportunity."  

On Price getting healthier: "It's one of those things you continue to go day by day.  He feels good, he's looked really good obviously and the best that he has looked in a while this week.  I'd say he's getting close to 100%."  

On Price keeping plays alive: "I think it's about the player and you look at Keith and it's part of his game, he's got that point guard mentality, he has that 6th sense and that's his creativity so you never I think want to take that away from a quarterback you want to let that flow naturally within your system."  

On if Kearse has a breakout game coming: "It's interesting the way things work sometimes and I think it's helped our offense from that we've had the numerous guys step up at different times.  We talk about it all the time, we only have one ball.  Somebody is going to get it on every play, but if the defense gives us something then we're going to take it.  I think it's good all our guys realize they are going to have their day and they're all working hard."  

On if it helps Kasen Williams so that he doesn't have to be the guy early: "I think it's like I said, Kasen is getting better everyday.  He's a young player, he's learning more and more, he's getting more comfortable in the system everyday.  He's had some touches and we'd like to get him some more and we'll see how he continues to grow."  

On if people have made too big of a deal of Sankey's fumble at Nebraska: "It's one play, it's just like anything else, one play, one game, one series not going to define a player.  It's not going to define a team.  Those things happen that's football.  What it is, is how you react to it."  

On if Sankey has done anything he didn't expect: "Not really, I don't know where his ceiling is yet, he's still a young player.  Everyday he does something a little bit better than he did the day before so it's really exciting to watch."  

On how much fun the guys are having: "I think that's the makeup of this team.  Ever since the first day of camp they've competed and we continue to compete and we're going to compete everyday.  It's good to get the juices going and get guys competing.  You get guys talking back and forth and the guys enjoy it and they have fun."  

On how much of the fun for the team trickles down from Price: "I think when you look at Keith and the way he carries himself you may get a sense that he's nonchalant about some things, but he takes great pride in what he does and he has some swagger to him and he has that natural presence about him.  It's really fun to watch him interact and watch our team interact with him."

So Price's smile can be misleading at times? "Oh yeah! (smiles)

On Utah causing turnovers - "We have to be high and tight with the ball. Our ballcarriers have to do a great job, and we have to get to the football offensively. We have to get multiple guys to the ball to keep from them getting multiple defensive players to the ball. Then we have to make great decisions with the passing game. They are very aggressive, they play very hard, and they get to the football."

On ASJ and his desire to get better - "As you get to know him and be around him, he has a burning desire to be an exceptional football player. He's not content doing things just OK; he wants to be great. And when he's not doing something well, he's the first to say hey, I need to do this better."

On ASJ opening things up for UW with their offense - "Any time you have a guy with that kind of size and speed and hands…he's done some really good things. And like I said numerous times, last year we tried to manufacture the position in so many different ways, and to be able to get back with the three young tight ends that we have, and to be able to use them as natural tight ends…and the great thing is that all three of them continue to get better. They're not even close to where they're gonna be. We're going to continue to grow with them."

On how much of his production has been by design, and how much has been improvised - "You look at alll of our plays, they are designed to go to numerous guys in numerous ways, depending on covers and those types of things, and some of them have been set up, and some have been through improvisation."

On his first touchdown Saturday being one that was improvised - "It was. It was a little improvisation and creativity. That's a good thing. That's what Keith brings. That's what I talk about, his point guard mentality. If it's not there, he's going to make something happen."

On not being able to have that play last year, because of not having any tight ends - "He gives you another guy out there on the field. When you think about it, it forces the linebackers to be very disciplined. And especially when the quarterback starts to move around a little bit and the linebackers start chasing the ball…they open up that underneath area, and there's some great grass out there where you can have a tight end really go to work."

On what it would have meant having a tight end physically like ASJ when he was playing - "I might still be playing." (laughs)

On when he found out how versatile Jermaine Kearse was - "I don't think it was until the first game, until the LSU game, really - and just watching him playing. I remember watching him on film when we first got here and thinking wow, this guy is an exceptional receiver. He's one of the best receivers I've ever seen away from the football. The further away he got from the football, his ability to use his body to control where the angle of the ball was going and to control the defensive back to go up and high-point passes…he's as good as I'd seen just watching his film from the previous year. And I thought he was really good as we went through the spring and fall camp. And then you don't know…the LSU game…I think a lot of our players were like, wow - that guy can do this. All throughout the first season we kind of found out who he was and his strengths.

On what else he can do, now that he got a carry against Cal - "We lined him up at tailback, go him a little carry…he's always asking for more. That's Jermaine. He always wants another way to touch it. I guess we'll have to put him at center and let him snap it and find a way to get him eligible…somehow, some way."

On what is characteristic about this team being able to finish and win tight games - "Well, we've had some really competitive games, and winning in college football is not easy. It's hard. Our kids are learning to win, consistently. We've got to get better offensively. We've got to get better in the fourth quarter to finish games when we have the ball in our hands late in the game. That's something we have to continue to improve on. But, you're always fortunate when you win."

On if he remembers having to deal with altitude while coaching in the WAC - "No. Just go play."

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Chris Fetters:
9/28/2011
7:30 pm

Steve Sarkisian Wednesday Quotes



On spirited practice - "Yeah, it was good.  Very spirited.  I love the energy that they brought, but they played well too, which was a good thing."

On the picks - "That's football.  Guys make plays."

On not having to worry about the kicking game - "I don't like worrying about 'em.  When you're worrying about your kicking game, it serves as a pretty substantial distraction, in a sense.  It can affect your playcalling thoughts, how you cover and concerns…I think when you're worried about your kicking game, I feel like your team can feel that concern and that worry, so they worry.  I enjoy the fact that we're fortunate we're got a good kicker and two good punters, and we're in a good position that way."

On Utah talking about using a lot of man coverage and if they have safeties over the top - "They have plenty of help.  We all like playing man coverage; it's how much do we play it."

On if there's an issue with altitude - "No."

On what changes with class starting today - "It felt good.  Maybe that was because of the enthusiasm today…but everybody was here and it was good.  But distractions - you have more things on your mind.  But that can be a good thing too when guys have other things to do than just wandering around, going to the dorms.  Time management is one of the keys for these guys.  I think we've gotten better from year one to year two, and hopefully we're even better now in year three of knowing how to handle the start of school and the rigors of school, as well as playing football."

 

On Seferian-Jenkins: "Day one, spring ball. He's a talented guy, and Michael Hartvigson. We've got a lot of things we can do with those two guys so I knew we were going to have something  I just didn't know how long it was going to take to get to that point. They've both performed really well for us, at times. And so now we are fighting for consistency in all phases --- run blocking, pass protection, the nuances of route running. But for them as a true freshman and a redshirt freshman doing what they are doing, I couldn't be more pleased.''

 

On being able to call more plays for tight ends: "Oh it's great. It opens up a whole new world for us, and there is still plenty more out there for us to do. I just, I'm cognizant of the fact they are two young players, and I'm trying not to put so much on them that they can't handle it, so we are taking our time with them, but they are providing a big difference in our football team.''

 

On ASJ's biggest challenge blocking: "Believing in himself. I think guys, especially at tight end, when they hesitate they can get beat and all the sudden they are pass protecting against a defensive end or they are blocking down on a defensive end, and if you hesitate against those guys they are big, strong and fast in our conference and they can beat you.''

 

On being in  two tights as much as he thought: "I think every game plan varies. Some games we will be in it more and some less. It feels about right so far.''

 

On walk-ons: "Some of them are relatively obvious with Rasp and Amosa and Lopez. But we were able to add some other guys in Willie Chandler, Cole Sager and Evan Hudson. All I think  are very deserving and have earned it.''

 

On Jonathan Amosa - "He's a blue collar guy. The thing to remember about Jonathan is that he this position is new to him. When he came here, he played linebacker at the beginning of his career. Now at fullback, he's seeing live bullets. At times, he's like our young tight ends, some of the things that are new to him he has to work through. He needs the experience of doing before he can acutlly really get good. But I appreciate his effort and what he brings, and I think his hard-nosed mentality is really good for our offense."

 

Anything new on Antavius Sims? - "Not yet, unfortunately."  


On the tailback depth now and health - "We're trying to get Jesse 100 percent healthy, he's just not quite there yet. I want to make sure he feels good Saturday. I think Bishop is having an excellent week of work again from what he brings. We have those three guys. Then the fourth guy would be Willis Wilson, who's done a nice job."

 

On Johri Fogerson - "Johri tore the – gosh I wish I could give it to you in doctor's terms – essentially where your hamstring connects to your lower leg, so he's going in for surgery Fridya morning, and he'll be out the reaminder of the season. It's somewhere around an eighth month recovery."

 

On Fogerson being available next year - "I'm hopeful."

 

On the O-line and effort - "There's always the effort. The effort is great Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which is good and I'm appreciative of that. But we gotta bring it on Saturday night, it's going to be key in a hostile environment."

 

On Danny Shelton - "He kind of banged his foot I guess, so we are going to check it out. It's pretty sore. He has done it before to his other foot he said. So we don't' feel as concerned about it. But anytime a big guy and his feet get involved, you definitely want to take all the proper precautions."



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Eric Dore:
9/28/2011
7:03 pm

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Wednesday Quotes



On if he knew he was going to play right away coming out of high school: "I came in here knowing I had a chance to compete and play and if I came here and competed and played hard and I made plays then I would be able to get on the field just like anyone else not just because I'm a high profile recruit.  You can be a not really high profile recruit at all and come in here and do what they need you to do and you can hit the field.  It really had nothing to do with being high profile, it was just coming in, learning the offense and making plays."

 

On after a strong spring knowing he would play a lot: "Working in the spring, I wasn't really thinking about the season, I was worried about lifting weights and getting stronger and trying to become a better run blocker and pass blocker and I still have a lot of room to really improve in those.  I was really just worried about my game and just getting better I wasn't really thinking about towards the season or anything like that.  Once camp rolled around, then I started thinking about the season."

 

On school changing things: "Kind of not a regular schedule besides that it was pretty cool."

 

On if he has built a symmetry with Price: "Keith just throws the ball to the open guy and it just happens to be me sometimes and he's a great quarterback, great skills, great vision around the field.  When I'm open he'll throw it to me when whoever else is open, he'll throw it to them so I don't know if it's symmetry or whatever, but I think it's just he's a great quarterback who finds the open people."

 

On if he likes contact like the play at the goal-line: "It's great when you have people trying to stop you, it's you against them and it's going to be helping the team, it's always great.  It's their power against my power."



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Eric Dore:
9/28/2011
6:48 pm

Jermaine Kearse Wednesday Quotes



On having his brother, Jamaal on the team: "It's cool, it was real cool to see him actually out there and make some plays, some key plays.  He had a big hit on kickoff and I was excited for him."

 

On living a floor above Jamaal: "I hangout with him.  Either he comes up or I go down there so it's cool to have my brother live a floor below me and get to chill and just hangout."

 

On the impact of his father passing a few years ago: "I was going into my senior year.  I mean it definitely was hard, just knowing that he was watching over and that he's proud of us.  I feel that everything me and my brother have done, he'd be proud today."

 

On wanting his sons to be Huskies: "Yeah, yeah definitely, he always wanted me to come here."

 

On playing tailback: "It was actually kind of cool, I was talking to Chris (Polk) throughout the practice, man hopefully I get a carry or something so it's a totally different perspective in the backfield than it is at receiver.  You can see everything and it was a lot of fun."

 

On when he found out he would be playing tailback: "That was actually game-plan.  That was the first time I actually ran it."

 

On if he knew he would get a carry: "Honestly I didn't think he would call it so when he called it I was pretty pumped."

 

On being versatile: "I like to be a student of the game.  I like to learn the offense, I like to know everything, what's going on, who's doing what.  I mean the only thing I probably don't know is the protections, but working hard, studying my playbook, watching film and being here for 3 years in Coach Sark's offense and program I got a chance to really know it."



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Chris Fetters:
9/27/2011
7:21 pm

Talia Crichton Tuesday Quotes



On getting back to 100 percent from his injury - "I'm getting real close, but it's not quite 100 percent yet - but I still badly want to do my part for the team.   But it's frustrating trying to get healthy, but we're in season now, so there's not too much I can do.  I have to tough it out and get treatment.  It is getting better; it just needs time."

 

On fitness levels - "Not quite, but it would be better if my knee was better.  But I don't think it's a matter of fitness."

 

On the loss of Jamora and doing it for him - "I feel like the whole D-line needs to pick it up and we need to all work together more since Hauoli's gone."

 

On if Jamora has talked to the DL since the injury - "Not really.  It's kind of tough on him, so he keeps to himself.  He doesn't really want to say anything to us, but I guess he's hurt or sad that he can't continue this season.  He keeps to himself."

 

On if he can use the situation as motivation - "Yeah.  It reminds me of last year when I was hurt.  I've been in that position before, so I don't want to be there again.  I feel bad for him."

 

On Utah being a major player in his recruitment - "Yeah.  I was going to go there; I was going to take a visit there.  It was one of my top three choices, but I didn't take an official visit there.  I took my trip here first and decided not to take my trip there.  Right after I committed here, I stopped talking to them."



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Chris Fetters:
9/27/2011
7:19 pm

Johnny Nansen Tuesday Quotes



On what he tells the guys filling in for Jamora: "Hauoli has been great ever since he has gotten hurt, our room has been great, very supportive of what's going on.  The young guys are looking up to the older guys and I think having Everrette (Thompson) and Meda (Ta'amu) to encourage them you know we need the next guy to step up, we can't dwell on Hauoli getting hurt, we just have to bring the other guys along.  I think they're starting to understand and get that message and Josh Shirley practiced well today."

 

On the "light" going on for Shirley: "I think Hauoli was the guy and I think Josh in the back of his mind – how much snap am I getting and then after what happened to Hauoli, [I found] the light.  Last week we had a good conversation about him needing him to play.  We can't have Hauoli taking all the snaps and I think Josh took that role last week and things happen and he ended up playing pretty well.  Yesterday and today he has been outstanding."

 

On the importance of game time: "No doubt, you got to play.  You got to play.  You got to be out there to play to feel good about what you are doing and I think that's what's happening right now.  He's studying the game more and more and I think you're going to see Josh step up and have a great year."

 

On Shirley's path into the starting lineup: "Obviously it took a little while to learn our system even though he had the spring it wasn't so much expanded like the way it is now during the season and I think he's starting to understand it more and more and that's why he's playing more confidently.  As the season goes on and now he's the main guy playing defensive end, the LEO position, I think you're going to see Josh standing out and playing great."

 

On if technique matters more for a smaller guy like Shirley: "It's like any other position.  The only way you're going to get especially for a guy that's undersized, you got to rely on technique and I think that's starting to come along with Josh and you can see that's why he had a great practice today, not only from the standpoint of rushing the passer, but just technique-wise you can see the improvement and he's working on that.  That's just something that we've been preaching to him and it's starting to show up.  We just got to keep on grinding along, bringing him along with his technique and after that I think he's going to be a great player for us."

 

On his technique becoming less robotic: "No doubt, no doubt, and slow your play down and especially a guy like that you can't be slow.  His strength is his speed and now we're bringing his technique where we're playing against 21 personnel where now he's lined up on the tight end, you're not always going to be on the open side.  He's got to learn to shoot his hands and use his power because he's a very strong kid.  Once we get that down, Josh is going to be okay."

 

On Andrew Hudson: "We need to play more guys, bottom line.  Hud's coming along, Talia, obviously he needs to play more.  The bottom line is we can't have Everrette and Meda taking every snap.  Those guys, they don't want to come out the game, but we got to keep them fresh during the fourth quarter or else they're going to wear out.  With Hud, Hud has just got to expand his understanding of the football game and once he gets there I think he's going to be a pretty decent player for us."



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Chris Fetters:
9/27/2011
7:11 pm

Jamaal Kearse Tuesday Quotes



On playing with his brother - "He goes out there and plays hard and that makes me want to go out there and better myself."

 

On any pressure because of that - "Not really.  If anything, it helps more, it's more comfortable.  I can go to the sidelines and talk to him and enjoy the game with him."

 

On the goal-line stand - "All I was thinking was, 'We need to keep them out of the end zone'.  We can't let them get in.  If we stop them, the game's over.  We won the game.  All I was thinking about was focus, doing my job, everyone else will do their job, and we'll keep them out of the end zone."

 

On having Lakes players at UW - "It's good.  We knew each other, so it was like when we first came in we weren't stranded.  You knew people here.  And then you start to get to know the whole team and then everybody just comes together.  But it's good when you first start out."

 

On Utah - "It's going to be a battle.  They are going to come out to play, and we're going to have to match them, or do better.  It's going to be a battle."

 

On anything he needs to fix going into the game - "Not really.  I just have to come out, do my assignment - make sure I do what I've got to do.  I trust my team and I know they're going to do what they've got to do.  We're just all going to work as a team and do what we can."

 

On maturing in front of everyone's eyes during the goal-line stand - "What surprised me the most honestly…I thought I was going to come out and be nervous, but I wasn't that nervous.  I was more nervous before I stepped out on the field, but when I got onto the field and looked around, it wasn't so bad.  It's like practice, but game situation."

 

On the hit he had on Brendan Bigelow during the kickoff return and settling him down - "It gave me a lot of momentum for the game, that big hit.  Coach was telling me all week, because they moved me to that spot…the knife is going to be open, the knife is going to be open…they were telling me all week about it, so I believed him on it, went with it and it worked out.  And it gave me a lot of momentum for the game."

 

On the idea that he might start at Utah and nerves - "My old high school basketball coach - Jo Jo Rodriguez - taught me that if you don't have any butterflies, you're not ready.  He was one of my mentors in high school, so I listened to everything he told me.  And he told me that if you don't have butterflies, you're not ready."

 

On the keys for him to get into a comfort zone - "Focus.  I just have to stay focused in knowing what I have to do, studying all week in preparation…preparation is always what helps me get comfortable with what I'm doing."

 

On moving up from safety to linebacker and whether or not it's been a smooth transition - "Yeah, especially with the redshirt year.  That made everything a lot smoother.  It gave me time to develop on the scout team and it gave me a lot of time to adapt to the quickness of the play.  You have to play a lot faster as a linebacker, so it gave me a lot of time to adapt."

 

On experiencing anything like what happened Saturday with teammate John Timu - "It happened quite a bit in high school, it happened a few times.  First thought was I hoped he got up.  I wanted him to get up; he's my teammate.  I never want a teammate to go down.  I was praying, hoping he was going to be alright."

 

On if something like that has an impact on him and the defense after - "A lot of our teammates went down, and we knew we had to win this game.  We didn't want them to go down for no reason.  We knew that we had to step it up."



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Chris Fetters:
9/27/2011
6:54 pm

Demetrice Martin Tuesday Quotes



On open-field tackling - "We always preach and practice it every day. Open-field tackling, for a defensive back…it's going to happen more than once. So we practice it a lot."

On getting beat very early in games and getting the CB's ready - "Like I said, it's always pass-first for us, so those guys have to lock in and just keeping hammering in the principles that we hammer in. Just have to get your eyes right; zone eyes are man eyes, and you have to be looking at the right stuff."

On knowing the fade was coming at the end of the Cal game - "No doubt. Cal wanted to get their best player on a man that they thought they could win on, and that's what they did. We saw the splits. We tried to yell it out, but the Husky faithful were roaring loud. Q knew it; Tru knew it on his side too, and they knew they were both going to get fades. That's what they did on film, that's what we'd seen prior…that kind of situation at Colorado. We kind of knew it and played to it, and he was going to have to throw a perfect ball. That's what we were gambling on."

On how much confidence they get from that stand - "It feels the same to me. We're ready to go. I won't say it's just another game, but we prepare for it just the same. We're going in like it's Championship Week. Each week is Championship Week, and Utah happens to be the championship game this week."

On the focus going into playing Utah - "The same as it always is - stay on top."

On Gobern and Ducre - "(Greg)'s already been cleared, but for precautionary reasons due to the concussion he's had no contact today - but he'll be full-go tomorrow. It's competition. Those guys are running around and playing good, and I think that brings out the best in all of us so…Ducre's always been in the rotation; he's still in the rotation as much as always, and Gobern is starting to step up because he's capitalizing on his opportunities. He's getting a lot of positive plays on the plays that he's in…with the special teams stuff that he's doing very well. He's earning his way on the field."

On Gobern's improvement - "All aspects. All aspects."

On Trufant's next evolution - "Just cleaning up the little stuff as far as technical things - playing the ball in the air…instead of pass breakups, let's get interceptions. He's that kind of a player. He's really good at that, so the more he gets those opportunities, the more he'll capitalize on 'em. He's not satisfied with nothing he does, and that's a great thing. He's easy to coach…but that's a couple of things we're honing in on…making more sure tackles and catching the pass breakups instead of having pass breakups…that kind of thing."

On Tru having a short memory - "He's adapting a mentality of one of the great corners, where he forgets about the good plays about as fast as he forgets the bad ones. That's encouraging to see. He's quick, fast, and in a hurry. Ok, you might have caught a pass on me, but that's not going to happen again."

On if teams are looking his way and then throwing the other way - "I'm never in their offensive meetings, so I couldn't answer that, but I think they think about him when they are game-planning."

On if they've been able to tell by tendencies if teams are throwing away from Tru - "I can't say that. Not really. It all equals out. It's not like they're not throwing the ball to our left side anymore. The ball is getting distributed equally just as much in the film that we broke down before we played them."

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Eric Dore:
9/27/2011
6:48 pm

Andrew Hudson Tuesday Quotes



On if he expected the second and goal play at the end from Cal: "In all honesty I was just playing football.  Goalline you just have to toughen up, it could have came my way it could have come the other way but I just knew if I could beat that tackle it could all work out.  It just came my way and I was ready."

 

On if being in the middle of the action at the end felt surreal: "For a second yeah, but the last time I got all starry-eyed like that it came my way and I just got too hot so I had to focus that much more.  I feel the coaches are more pressure than the game situations."

 

On why he chose UW: "The coaching staff.  Coach Holt is a great coach I really like his enthusiasm.  I feel it helps me play more physical, more aggressive just having him on me.  Some of his aggressiveness rubs off on me."

 

On who primarily recruited him: "Coach Demetrice Martin was."

 

On how ready he is for an expanded role: "It's the same mentality I feel because I have been playing a lot more than I expected during camp and the last couple of weeks have been like that.  I don't know if there's that much more to it, but honestly got to get better regardless whether I was or not I still have a lot to work on.  There is more of a sense of urgency now."

 

On his personal improvement against the run: "That's been more of a focus point, my hands.  Coach K.U. (Kenechi Udeze) always talks about hands and hand placement and that's the biggest factor in anything we do and that's just what I've been working on this week, just trying to shoot my hands faster.  The more I can work on that the better I can become in the run defense."



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Eric Dore:
9/27/2011
6:34 pm

Josh Shirley Tuesday Quotes



On how much he has learned: "A lot, Coach Holt is a wonderful coach and he prepares us very well.  He shows us everything so we can knock out our assignments."

 

On the toughest part of the transition of learning the position: "It wasn't really a transition, I've always had my hand on the ground."

 

On adjusting to the college level: "Getting adjusted to the speed, that's what the redshirt year is for and I think it really helped me."

 

On his weight being at 230 lbs: "Yes, I'm still trying to gain, but I feel comfortable at the weight I am, but I know I can get bigger."

 

On getting more comfortable in game situations: "Yes, it's just more experience, getting comfortable with the flow of the game."

 

On believing he can be an every down guy and not solely a pass rusher: "As the more I learn and progress, yes I do believe so, I can."

On viewing recent transgressions as an opportunity: "It's like adversity hitting us and we have always been taught to step up, no matter how old or how young you are you got to step in."

 

On feeling ready to fill a more prominent roll: "Yeah, but I still got to keep at it, that's what this week is for, just getting little things down, you can always improve."

 

On if things are becoming smoother: "As time goes by yes, but I still got to work on a bunch of things, little things just to correct."



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Chris Fetters:
9/27/2011
11:44 pm

Steve Sarkisian Pac-12 Teleconference Notes



On what is unique about Utah's defense - Not necessarily unique, but they play hard and with amazing effort. That's why they create so many turnovers. What jumps out at you is how hard they play.

On Keith Price and scrambling - Like to say we taught it, but the reality is that he's got that unique quality to his game. It's also a tribute to Nuss to work with KP to make good decisions. Keith is still learning, but he's obviously made a few plays for us this season.

On Cort Dennison
- Great kid, very tough, made a lot of plays for us - probably knows the defense better than maybe even a couple of our coaches.

On assessing the QB's in the league - They are unbelievable right now. If you look at the pass efficiency ratings and all the rest - it's something the old Pac-8 and Pac-10 were known for. But there's good coaches in the league, and they know how to recruit good players and also know how to scheme for the position.

On Utah's BYE week - Everybody's different. Sometimes there's an argument to have a rhythm going, especially early in the season; sometimes it helps to get a break. Guess we'll see this Saturday.

On closing practices and injuries - We closed a couple before the season, and might during the season. At the end of practice, first thing that gets reported is injuries - so if there's an advantage gained it might be something to look at. I'm still going back and forth on whether disclosing injuries is the right thing to do. On stuff like Jamora out for the year, no problem with that.

On if the NCAA should adapt NFL injury guidelines - I don't know. Just tell me the rules, and I'll abide by them.

On the pass efficiency rating - Sometimes we can get caught up in the rating to know if he's playing good. He might have a great rating, but lose the game. But in general, when they are over 140 and up, that's pretty consistent.

On 7 Pac-12 QB's in the top-37 nationally - Really good coaches, come from great schemes and backgrounds. They find good QB's. When you put that together, QB's are going to play well, and that's been going on for years in this conference.

On his relationship with Norm Chow - Fortunate enough to play for him at BYU, lot of tremendous wins. Then to work with him at USC, learned a great deal. But it's been so many years and I've played against him before, it's not a monumental deal. It's more about Utah and Washington and trying to get a conference win.

On who might have an advantage
- We both call the offense, so we're not scheming each other. And he's changed away from the pistol he was doing at UCLA, and we've changed too.

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Chris Fetters:
9/27/2011
11:06 pm

Kyle Whittingham Pac-12 Teleconference Notes



On Keith Price and scrambling - He's been a great playmaker this year and a catalyst for their offense. Second in pass efficiency, and other than wins, that's how you judge a QB. Make a lot of 'non-rhythmic' plays where he can break the pocket. Not a run-first guy, but could be. Rather pass, but we have to keep him in the cage and balance rush lanes to keep him from escaping and making all those plays. Very impressive on tape, and someone we obviously have to plan for.

On Chris Polk - He's got good size, 220-plus pounds…runs north-south. Like Marc Tyler at USC. Well on his way to getting 1000 yards. Very diverse in their formations, different than anything we've had to prepare for. But he's averaging nearly five yards per carry and has been very productive for them.

On Utah's defense and improvement - Had a pretty good run of playing good defense for a number of years. Starts with good players on defense. Physical up front, productive LB's, and a secondary that's playing well despite being young.

On Utah DC Kalani Sitake - Gets a lot of credit for the improvement. Young coordinator, only third year, but very happy with the job he's done. Also very happy with the recruiting we've done for the defense. Have been running the same defense for the last 15 years, with some tweaks here and there, and Kalani has kept that going.

On turnover margin and teaching that - It's a point of emphasis, working turnover drills. I'm sure that's not unique at all - everyone practice that. 1) Great defense 2) Take care of the ball on offense. Turnovers is the most important stat in football, and I look to that first after the game. Take a lot of pride in it.

On Rice-Eccles and the home-field advantage - We've fared very well at home, big reason for that is the fans. Another standing room-only game Saturday. It'll be electric. Home record the last few years has been pretty darn good.

On what's most important - the crowd, or the comfort of being home? Equally important. Student section is as good as any in the country - 6,000 strong. Have been able to create a ton of false starts. Also the routine of staying at home is a big positive too. So they are both big factors.

On the previous Washington coaching vacancy and his name being thrown into the mix at the time - I was never contacted directly by anyone. More rumors than anything. But they have a great coach in place who is doing a great job. Have known him for years and what he's doing right now is very impressive.

On moving from a pass offense to a rush offense - Only have had three games to base it on, but have a RB - John White - who has been very productive. As the season goes on, you'll see a balanced attack, so by the end hopefully we'll have a 50/50 mix. Can't become one-dimensional on offense, try and guard against that.

On recruiting Keith Price - We liked him. Situation where he didn't end up here, not sure why. Hard to remember why. Know that we liked him and thought he was a very good player, and that has proven out by what he's done up at UW.

On the challenge of facing a multiple offense - Have to guard against the mis-match. Have to make sure your personnel groups and alignment are done properly. But they definitely try and gain an advantage by scheming and trying to line up in varied ways.

On the Pac-12 and the non-conference losses - It looks pretty strong to me. Went to USC, and they are pretty strong. If you look at the conference, it's going to fare very well. Still so early not fair to make an accurate assessment. Been a proponent of not having a top-25 list until halfway through the season. The Pac-12 is all we can handle right now, based on what we've seen on film and in person.

On how you measure the strength of the conference
- Subjective. If you are good from top to bottom, beat each other up so it doesn't look as good. Maybe others look at how many players go to the NFL. Others look to the top teams to see where they are ranked. Might ask 10 people, might get 10 different opinions.

On defining Utah's defense - 1) Good dose of man coverage. High pressure. Base scheme is a 4-3 scheme, but multiple in our sub-packages. Have 6-7 sub-packages they'll use in any one game. So multiple, but have always played probably more man coverage than anyone else around, and we like to pressure.

On who Washington resembles - No one we've played this year. No one near the multiplicity that UW brings to the table. Tough to sort out at times, not sure how they find the time to get it all done in practice.

On policies regarding closing practices and injuries
- Our policies is I discuss injuries Monday, and that's it for the rest of the week. Media at practice, open it up for the last 30 minutes each day except Thursday. No video unless it's close-up. No video of formations, that thing. People can get overly defensive about stuff. Media has a job to do and we try to accommodate them, but at the same time we want to limit all the distractions so the players can take care of their jobs.

On the uncertainty of injuries - It can be tough, especially if it's a QB, for instance. Can change a lot. What I'd like to see is - like the NFL - to have some sort of standardized way of reporting injuries to create some consistency.

On the Pac-12 QB's completing a high percentage of passes
- Been so impressed with the QB's so far. When you look at the numbers and you see them on TV, there's a lot of QB's in the league that can do a lot of good things. Six or 7 QB's with ratings over 150, which is really good. Doubt you'll see that anywhere else in the country. Teams have done a great job recruiting QB's in the conference.

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Chris Fetters:
9/26/2011
5:33 pm

Steve Sarkisian Coaches Show Recap



Gas brings in the show thanking the UW fans that showed up to the show for braving the rain. UW is 3-1, 1-0 in the Pac-12, atop the North Division after beating Cal 31-23. Sark said he's getting older by the game. They are all exciting. Cal played inspired football, and he thought his team showed resiliency in how they saw the game out.

Gas talked about how all week they talked about defense and then 90-yard pass play happened. Said a big key was that the offense showed a sense of urgency to respond. Sark agreed. The first drive maybe was the best drive of the game, because things weren't clean for him. The two passes to Devin Aguilar were really accurate.

But Gas then talked about how, in the end, it did come down to the defense and their stop at the end. Sark said the entire second half, the defense played well. To hold them to three points in the second half was tremendous. And to hold them to one TD in five chances was also very good.

Bob said coming out in the third quarter without a lapse was key, and Sark agreed. Said they weren't going to have a lapse, and weren't going to give them short fields.

Bob talked about the last drive and the interference call - Sark said Desmond was in such good position, if he turns around he can make the pick. Couple missed opportunities could have swayed the game even more. When Shirley sacked Maynard, and Ta'amu has his back to the loose ball. Also mentioned ASJ's fumble. Need to put opponents away when they have the chance.

Bob talked about last year's game when the offense has a chance to win, and then this year when it was the defense's turn. How was the sidelines? Sark said it was tense, but they love it. It's what they play the game for. The team expects to now make those plays to see the games out. It's part of their DNA. So now it's not a matter of it, it's a matter of how it's going to get done.

Bob talked to Justin Glenn, and he said after the game that the goal line stand was fun, the most fun he's had since he was a Husky. Said he knew coach Mills was sweating bullets, but they were having fun. Said the huddle was tense, but where else would you rather want to be? Sark said how many times have you been in the park playing the same scenario? When you talk to the players, those experiences are ones the players will have forever. It's part of an experience they can re-live for a lifetime.

Bob talked about Sark's college career, and how hard was that fade pass was to win a game? Sark said that was probably the lowest percentage pass you could throw, but they were still very good about it. Keenan Allen was their best player, so we had a pretty good idea where it was going, and we were just lucky that the throw wasn't that good.

Bob asked, in that circumstance, is the adrenaline pumping a little more? Sark said that's how you separate players? Who can operate in stressful moments? That's how you can find out the difference.

Break.

Gas brings the show back and asks one more question about the final stand. What was going on in the huddle and the communication? Sark said that his philosophy is not to meddle too much. What he did address was that he was going to take time outs, so that if they did scored he wanted a chance to get a couple first downs and get Folk on the field to possibly win the game on a field goal. But it was hard to get a great feel for Cal's personnel, because they were on the sidelines and breaking right there to get on the field, so it was happening fast.

Gas said that once you get in the rhythm of a game with the clock, it's hard to volley in a comment, and Sark agreed. It's much easier to do it during timeouts, etc...

Bob said that at that stage of the game, there were a lot of youngsters in the game, and Sark said that Shirley, Kearse, Gilliland took advantage of their opportunities. They made mistakes, but they'll get better.

Bob asked about the injuries of the day. Sark said that he's extremely disappointed that Jamora is out for the season. One of the best kids in the program on a number of fronts. He'll be missed on and off the field. Trying to get the year back so he has three years of eligibility remaining.

Bob said it looked pretty innocent, and Sark agreed. Hauoli tried to avoid a block, and in doing that tore his ACL. Bob said it's like Howard Cosell - "It's the knee. It's always the knee."

Bob then brought up John Timu, who was ambulanced to Harborview. Sark said that he knew right away. He got out there quickly too. Anything that goes on with the neck, head - you have to take all the precautions. And he was really pleased with the mechanics of how the trainers and doctors handled everything. Couldn't be more proud of them. And he's now back running around.

Bob wondered if the players realize if it's serious or not, and Sark said he was moving on the field, it was the pain that was the biggest worry. The doctors told him on the sidelines that it was mostly precautionary, and that it was more about the pain than anything. So Sark tried to get to as many players as possible, especially on defense, to let them know.

Bob talked about Jeff Tedford coming out to wish Timu well, and Sark called Jeff a 'class act'. Sark also said there's a chance Timu could play on Saturday.

Bob asked about Ducre and his concussion, and Sark said it happened on the goal-line. He wanted to go back in the game, but the doctors wanted to hold him out, and it was the right thing to do. If everything goes well, he should be cleared to go full-go on Wednesday.

Gas asked about Fogerson, and Sark said that it's looking better than what they initially thought. Thought it was knee, but it really hit a nerve by the knee, and it looks like he'll be back. Still waiting to see how his body reacts to the hit and the soreness.

Break.

Gas brings the show back in, talking if there's going to be a harder hit than Jamaal Kearse's hit on Brendan Bigelow? Bob asked Sark if Bigelow was an 'old friend'. Sark said that hit went a long way toward giving Jamaal a lot of confidence, and probably helped him later in the game.

Bob said that during the break, he relayed a story where Sark showed him a text he just got - from Jeff Tedford, asking how Timu is doing.

Gas talked about how he liked the play to Kearse on 4th down. Sark said they did something out of that same package last year where the play went to Polk.

Bob asked about the playbook, and Sark said you always have things you lean on and what you do well, but you also have to have things to combat the strengths of the other team. There's going to be wrinkles every week.

Bob asked about Keith Price and how he continues to amaze. One more TD and he goes into the top-10 all time at UW for single-season TD throws. Sark said his health is coming, so you'll see him get out of the pocket even more. But he's been so accurate. The down-the-field stuff has been the most impressive to him.

Bob talked about extending plays. Price said it was one of his strong points in high school, and it's something that's been natural with him. You just have to do something when people are blitzing. Tries to keep his eyes downfield while being pressured. Sark said he reminds him of a really good point guard. He feels where people are, like a no-look pass. The ability to not only make the pass, but do it accurately, is an amazing quality he has.

Break.

Gas brings the show back in with calls.

Kevin in Port Orchard - said one of the real cool stories this season has been the re-emergence of James Johnson. Asked about Tedford's decision to take a holding penalty instead of forcing a punt. Would Sark disclose what he would have done? Sark said he echoed Kevin's thoughts on Johnson. As far as the 4th down play, you'll have to find out next week. (laughs)

Gas said Sark does have that rep of not being afraid of going for it.

Jake on phone - Gave congrats for being 3-1. Asked about the corners and looking back toward the ball. Sark agreed, and referred the two PI calls. It comes with confidence and having a comfort level being in that position. When you know you've got a man covered and you can tell the ball's coming by seeing the WR's demeanor. It's just another area where they can definitely improved, because they are talented enough to do it. But they can't take PI calls. Have to find a way.

Bob said from a coaching standpoint, the rules say you don't have to look back, but you can't wave your arms. Sark said where the PI calls come are on the short passes, where the WR tries to come back to the ball and they collide. PI gets called every time.

Bob said the DB is entitled to the space, and he thinks it's the most overused call in college football.

Phone call - glad to have Sark. Said he was at the game, and it had an intensity he hadn't seen in a while. Wondered how he'll be able to keep the intensity up. Sark agreed that it was intense, both teams put their best foot forward. In Pac-12 football, when that happens, it's intense. The things you have to avoid are the penalties that sometimes come in an intense environment - late hits, personal fouls, etc...

Bob asked about the intensity also coming from a divisional rival, and Sark said that could be something to it. Really long-standing rivalry with Cal, and we'll see more with a South Division team in Utah Saturday.

Break.

Gas brings in talking about Erik Folk - the missed kick and then the make in the 3rd Q. Sark said he had his best day kicking the ball off Saturday. Said the 40-yard kick would have been good from 52.

Gas also talked about Chris Polk and his hard-earned yards. Sark said they had a feeling that Cal's front seven is as good as they'll see, so they found a few different ways to get some touches outside. And the big catch for a TD set things up for a great finish.

Bob talked about Sark's comments earlier today about the offense being OK and singling out the right side of the OL. Sark said they should be better. They were OK, but he'd like to think they can't give the ball up twice, and they have to establish the run because it's so important to their play-action pass. They have to have an attitude about it.

Bob talked about the turnovers - the one by Price and ASJ - and Sark said that Keith's one is one they will live with. That's his game, and he's not going to take away Price's stinger. The ball was tucked, but good play by the Cal defender. With ASJ, the ball was loose with him all day, and he'll learn. As long as they all get better, that's what's important.

Bob asked about the loose balls on the ground, and Sark said that if you're playing with great effort and intensity, you get those balls.

Gas said the word last week Sark said was ferocious, and Sark said after the first drive of the game he saw it. But it was so frustrating to see that pass on a 3rd and 20, but they played with the right type of passion and played physical and relentless in the second half.

Gas brought up the one TD in five trips, and how you can build off that.

Break.

Gas brought the show back in asking Sark about Utah. Said he got a text saying they are a small school and UW will handle them easily. Utes went to BYU and hung 54 points on them, and almost won at USC. Sark said they are a good football team, and have been for a while now. Started with Ron McBride getting them going, then Urban Meyer, and then Kyle Whittingham. They are very well coached, playing tough and hard, and it'll be a great game Saturday.

Gas said he likes Utah being in the league. Sark agreed. Getting into Salt Lake City is a great recruiting market for UW. And Utah has played very good football for two decades. They aren't taking any team in the Pac-12 by surprise.

Gas talked about the defense, and Sark said that's where it starts with Utah. They will be a very tough defense to face.

Bob talked about how Utah for years suffered from the same national thing that Boise State has had to go through. Sark said they probably deal with the same national stigma, and it'll take time for them to acclimate to life at the Pac-12 level, but they are a good football team and are very well-coached.

Bob talked about Utah and their offense under Urban Meyer, and now how they are headed up by Norm Chow. Sark said people think of Norm being a BYU guy, but he played at Utah. He's getting back to what made him successful during his days at BYU.

Bob said that it's going to be Utah's home Pac-12 opener, and also Homecoming. Don't you usually schedule a team you can beat on Homecoming? Laughs. Sark said it's like a homecoming for him, and Bob said hopefully it's better than the last time he went to Utah.

Gas talked about the tough scheduling for Utah, and Sark said the schedules get so far done in advance. USC playing Utah was like Colorado playing Cal, have to figure out all the pieces.

Bob talked about another wrench this week - school starts on Wednesday. Sark said that the BYE comes at a good time, so that if they can nail this week down, focus on the academic stuff next week, then they can get after the second half of the season.

Gas talked about how Utah had a BYE, and Sark mentioned how Utah has not lost a game after a BYE week since 1996, when they lost to BYU. He then asked who was the QB of that BYU team? Rhetorical question - it was him. Laughs. Gas wished him good luck in Salt Lake City.

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Chris Fetters:
9/26/2011
2:36 pm

Steve Sarkisian Monday Quotes



Opening Comment - "Well, it's good to be 1-0 in Pac-12 play. I'll say that. You look around the conference and you see how competitive all these games are, whether it's the North and South, or the crossover games. It's good to be 1-0, but we understand how much work we still need to get done. We need to improve, and need to improve on both sides of the ball. And we're going to have to because these games are only going to become more difficult as we head to Salt Lake City to play a very good Utah team, a physical team, one that's talented and well coached, and plays the way and a style of play that I'm sure Kyle is very proud of. They play hard, they play with great effort, and we're anticipating a tremendous atmosphere Saturday night."

On injuries - "Ducre had a concussion, and we're anticipating that he'll get back out on the field here in the next couple days. It wasn't as severe of a concussion as some guys may have had in the past, so we're hopeful of him getting back. Johri, we're still awaiting results from an MRI with him; obviously Johnny Timu is sore from his injury on Saturday, but nothing serious along the lines of deterring him from playing the rest of the season or career-wise or anything of that sort. It's just a matter of the soreness reducing so that he can play. Fellner, it looks like he's on track to get back on the football field, and we're going to have to wait and see on Taz Stevenson to see what he looks like running around."

On Jamora and the possibility of redshirting him - "We think so. We're still investigating it, but we think so."

On Price and when he caught Sark's eye - "He's been doing this for us every day in practice. He's really improved from year one to year two...did I think he'd be leading the country in touchdown passes after four games? Probably not, but I did think he would play well. We wouldn't have named him the starter if we didn't think he was going to play well."

On a turning point for him - "You never know about a guy completely until he has to play in the game. I thought a big step for him was when we went to Oregon last year. His numbers weren't great, but I just liked how he handled the situation."

On recruiting Keith Price - "I knew how talented he was. At the time I was at SC and we were just recruiting (Matt) Barkley, and they were in the same league - so I knew about Keith. We weren't actively recruiting Keith because we had Matt committed to us there, but I definitely knew about Keith's talents and knew that he was committed to Washington. That was one of the key things we wanted to get done as soon as I took this job was keep him committed here. It wasn't for a lack of effort from other schools; other guys tried to come after him but we really felt like he could play within our system and so keeping him committed was huge. It's obviously paid off for us."

Can you give us any specifics on Fogerson's knee and MRI? - "He got hit on the outside of his knee and really got hit almost on a nerve. So we have to see what comes back. But we think that's what it is. He's got really a contusion on nerve on the outside of his knee."

More on Timu's injury - "He's got a sore neck. I guess it would be equivalent to getting whiplash or something if you were in a car accident would be the best way to describe it. He's got a sore neck. It's going to be how his body responds to that. There's nothing structurally wrong. There's nothing neurologically wrong, which is obviously a great sign. It's oine of those moments that you are extremely concerned about as a coach. All signs are pointing to he's fine structarjulyl, it's just a matter of his body recovering."

With Hau'oli out, who do you look to replace him? - "We'll use a number of guys. You'll obviously see Josh Shirley, who I thought had a nice ball game last week. Part of that is due to the fact that I thought he had his best week of practice next week as well. You'll see Talia Crichton back over at that spot, which is what Talia played initially here his first year and a half, before he got injured. He's comfortable at that position. And then we'll move Everrette outside. You'll Everrette more at end, and obviously Andrew Hudson at that end spot. It will give us a chance to elevate Sione and give Danny Shelton more opportunities. It won't just be one guy. It will be somewhat of a re-shuffling, but guys re-shuffling to positions they are accustomed to playing."

Could you talk about Jamora as a person? - "Unbelievable character, great kid, tremendous work ethic, good student. For being such a young guy, he's a tremendous leader on and off the field. He's going to be missed inn more ways than one, not just rushing the passer, but what he brings on a day to day basis for our football team. It's going to be a good challenge for us to step up and replace him not only on the field but in the meeting rooms, the locker room and things of that nature.

Do you remember the first time you saw him play? - "The first time I saw him was actually on film. You could just see the effort. He reminded me so much of Daniel Te'o Nesheim on film because of the effort that they play with, the passion that they play with. Then when you get to meet him he's got a very unique personality. He's got a tremendous sense of humor. From the moment, I met him, his sense of humor came out of him. I thought that's a pretty confident kid. When a head coach comes into your room and starts to visit with you and you are able to use jokes and different things, that impressed me quite a bit about him."

Was he hit on the knee or did it just happen? - "No. He was trying to really avoid a hit. It's the way our body is structured at times. You turn the wrong way and the knee goes the other way and that kind of stuff can happen."

On having a guy like Cort Dennison anchoring the middle with all these injuries happening - "I think without a doubt to have that kind of central point with Cort in the middle of directing the defense and playing with the passion and energy he's been playing with. That's been big. I think it points to the fact of how important recruiting is. You've gotta find depth, especially in this conference. This is a physical conference and you better have bodies that go in and play at the drop of a hat."

And he was in danger of not playing against Cal too - "He was pretty banged yup going in as well. This is going to be a big week for Cort as well to get healthy so that he's playing capabilities as much as so as we need the other guys to."

This is the second time all season you've pointed out a lack of push up front. Are you considering any changes? - "We'll look at some things yeah. We have to reward guys for competing and have to reward guys for doing things right and playing hard and you've got to earn your opportunities and I don't ever want guys to feel so comfortable that they don't have to perform at the standard that's been set. We'll continue to look at things at all positions, not just the line."

What's happening with the punting competition right now? - "We have two punters and they will punt."

How different is Utah with their bigger running back? - "John White, is that who you're referring to? He's not the big guy, the big guy is the other one, but Jon White is a quick kid. I've known him. Harbor Junior College kid. Shows a lot of quickness, lot of explosiveness. He's a guy that once he gets into the secondary, as he has shown, can take it the distance. And he does a nice job running their zone scheme stuff. He's really become, like you said, the focal point of their offense. And also with Wynn. Jordan Wynn handles their offense really well. They pose some real threats but definitely the White kid because he's such a home run hitter you need to account for him."

How do you balance your punters and when to use them? - "That's called scheme and I don't talk about scheme."

You scheme with your punters? - "Yeah."

On what UW has to focus on going into this weekend's game - "The football. Our ball security has been poor the last couple of ball games. We've prided ourselves on taking care of the ball and creating turnovers and right now Utah is the best in the conference at it. I think they're plus-9 in the turnover margin, and we're now only plus-1. We had a couple of critical turnovers last week in the second half. The emphasis for us has to get back to our ability to take care of the football and we've got to find ways create turnovers. we had opportunities last week and didn't take advantage of it. we weren't able to capitalize. The sack-fumble, the ball was there for us to be had. A couple of errant passes that were there for us that get through our hands. We've got to find a way against this football team Saturday night to minimize their opportunities of getting a short field because of us turning it over and we've got to find ways to capitalize on opportunities to create turnovers. It will be a big point of emphasis this week."

On UW's ability to close out close games: "We preach it quite a bit, that this is where we expect to be. We expect to be in tight ball games in the fourth quarter and we know how to handle them. We know how to execute in those stressful moments and our kids really respond. They believe they're going to perform well in those stressful moments and we pride ourselves on it. we pride ourselves in winning close ball games in the end because we practice it a lot. I'm proud of our guys that they responded again this weekend. Do I wish all games were close? No. I wish we could win one by a couple of touchdowns maybe, but until we're good enough to get to that point I'm glad that we know how to win in those tight ball games."

On having success in the red zone - "It gets tight, when you get down in the red zone, what happens is for DBs especially, they don't' have to worry so much about getting beat deep because the field is so condensed, they can sit on routes a bit more and we understand that the other way when we're on offense what happens to a defense. So you have to understand the situation that you're in. We practice it daily. We'll practice is again today at the end of our practice will be a 2 minute drill, what's the score of the game, how many time outs do we have, how many time outs do they have, how much time is left on the clock. We repeatedly practice this every Monday and again on Friday and give them different scenarios and keep trying to put them in different scenarios so that when those moments come up in ball games they feel comfortable in going out and executing when they get their opportunities."

Are you deep on defense? - "It's encouraging, quite honestly. Were they perfect? No. But that's OK. We weren't perfect before when they weren't playing. It does speak volumes to having young guys going in there. I'd like to think that maybe the reason Alameda made a play there was because he got some reps off earlier in the ball game with Lawrence and Danny stepping in and things of that nature. It's been good to get these guys playing. I think they're just going to get better as we continue to get them out on the field. We're just going to have to live with some of the growing pains of young guys playing, not just on defense but on offense as well. The ball security issues with Austin right now that we're going through, things of that nature, we're going to have to deal with those things and some of those mistakes until we can learn from them and ultimately get better."

Can Josh Shirley play every down? - "Pass rushing is his strength, but without a doubt he can play every down. He did it in the ball game Saturday. As much as he doesn't look as big in stature, he's one of our strongest players on the team. So he's able to take on blocks and big tackles because of his overall strength that he can play with."

On Shirley helping their pass rush against Cal - "He sure did. I thought we affected him some in the game. We got the one sack. I really wish we could've recovered the fumble; it was sitting there, of course. I thought we put on some pressure that accounted for some errant throws by him. If you look at the end of the day and the stats of how many attempts he had and completions, part of that was due to the fact that we got close. And so we've just got to keep trying, we've got to keep trying to push the right buttons to get our guys to the quarterback."

On the young guys helping out on the goal-line stand - "I was extremely impressed. You can't ask for more of those guys when you're in that situation. I thought they played with a lot of passion, a lot of energy, a lot of effort at that moment. And at the end, they were able to step up and make plays that really solidified the victory."

Have you ever gotten mad at Keith Price? - "I really haven't gotten mad-mad at him. He hasn't been perfect. But I'm learning Keith Price throughout this process, like everybody else. I think that he operates better in a little bit of a looser environment. Many of the good plays that he makes for us in extending plays and buying time in the pocket, he's going to make mistakes doing that same stuff. And I just don't want to take that stinger from him. We're going to coach him, we're going to coach him on ball security, the fumble there or the sack there on the two-minute drill right before the end of the half. Those aren't great plays from him. But he'll learn, and he'll learn in time. I definitely don't want to take that stinger from him because it's a unique asset to our offense right now."

On believing if play-callers can get into a zone where everything is working - "I think you find an identity for your team and a rhythm for your team. I think offensively, we can and should be better than we are right now. There's definitely areas that need to be improved upon. I didn't think we played great offensive football Saturday. So we'll get better this Saturday. There's definitely area for improvement."

On those areas for improvement - "Well, I didn't think we were nearly physical enough up front, especially on the right side of our line. We were passive, we were tentative. I thought some guys that we were counting on to be dominant on the outside weren't dominant and had some effects for us. And I thought we were hesitant at the tight end spot. I thought Cal presented us with enough multiple looks up front that I've seen Harvy (Michael Hartvigson) and Austin come off the ball better, block better than they did Saturday. So those are definitely areas for us to improve upon."

On his relationship with Norm Chow - "Well, I was fortunate enough to play with Norm at BYU, and we had tremendous success, some great wins. Then I went on and worked with him, I think it was three years, at USC. To watch him grow and move and go to UCLA and run the 'pistol' there for a little bit, it appears now he's back to running the stuff that he knows and knows well. They've really improved offensively here in these first three games, from Week 1 to Week 2 to Week 3. It looks more like Norm Chow's offense compared to watch I watched here last year against UCLA."

In the chess match between you two, who has the advantage? - "I don't know...I don't call the defense, and I don't think he does either. We'll be OK."

Utah was your biggest playing rival in college? - "Yes."

Ever light them up? - "No. I was awful, quite honestly. I threw four picks my junior year, three in the first half. They beat us. My senior year I think we only threw 12 passes. It was snowing. We rushed for 400 yards or something like that but we were able to win the game."

What's that atmosphere like there? - "Oh, it's great. It's great. They've got great fans. It's not the biggest of venues in our conference, but they've got great fans. They do a nice job. They understand the game. It will be a great atmosphere."

On how Austin Seferian-Jenkins is progressing? "It's there. The next step in this thing for Austin is the consistency factor, you know, of really trying to do things right, down after down after down. That's one of the challenges for a lot of young players. High school football, you can have one great play and you can take a play or two off and still look OK. At this level when that happens you get beat, you get beat bad -- whether it's coverage or in the run game or pass protection. So that's the challenge with him. And the coolest part about it is, he understands it. He's working at it. We've just got to take the next step, day after day after day, and hopefully that shows up more prevalent for us on Saturdays, when his consistency is there even more. But he's a tremendous kid. His work ethic is amazing for kid that is a true freshman."

So the benefits of having good tight end play - "Oh, it's great. I love it. Again, we've really gone into the season with the focus being, we are going to make you defend five receivers every snap. The ball is not just going to go to one or two guys. We are going to try to make you defend five. And I thought that really showed up Saturday, obviously with the game Chris had receiving the ball out of the backfield, what Austin was able to do, and then being able to get the ball to wide receivers. I think it's been good for our offense, and we will continue to try to go down that road."

On Price's ability to move in the pocket? - "We saw it. And it's a credit to Doug Nussmeier for continually working that aspect of the game with all of our quarterbacks, but he definitely has a feel for it. Sometimes that's hard to gauge in practice because the quarterbacks aren't live and there's a quick whistle and he's looking back and he's saying 'coach they wouldn't have got me, I was out of there' and I'm trying to keep them healthy so that Jamora or Ta'amu don't bother them because they want to make sure they get credited with the sack, so there is a fine line there, so you don't really know about that stuff until games come about, and he definitely has some real suddenness in the pocket. I refer to him as slippery, he's kind of hard to get your hands on, and he's got an innate ability to keep his vision when all of those things are going on around him, and that's why he's been able to create so many big plays.''

What makes Keith Price so great: "I would say the biggest of them all is his ability to extend plays. I had a feeling he would be accurate because he has shown the accuracy, and I had a feeling he would play within the system and throw it to the right guys, maybe coaches give themselves too much credit --- we try not to --- not every play is going to be perfect. They coach too and they have good players on their team and they are going to cover our stuff, and Keith's ability to extend plays and create plays I thought was really evident in the first quarter against Cal to bail us out in a sense. To me that has been the biggest surprise that he's really been able to extend plays that didn't look so good at the start.''

Can Price keep it up? - "I hope so. We are pretty good when he's doing that. In time what I think is going to happen is somebody one of these days is going to come and say 'let's stop Keith Price' and that's when Chris Polk can really open up and do the things he's doing. But until then if people are going to keep focusing on making sure they can stop No. 1 then 17 with the weapons he's got around him can make some plays.''

What's unique about Utah's defense and why they are able to cause turnovers: "I think turnovers occur, in my opinion, is one you have to teach tackling the football, but turnovers really occur with teams that play with great effort. When the ball does hit the floor they have enough bodies flying to the football that they increase their opportunities of recovery and so they take advantage of opportunities. When the ball is on the ground very few times do they not get it because they play with such great effort.''

Can you talk about Jermaine Kearse's leadership?: "Oh he's good. What I appreciate about Jermaine is the energy he brings to practice. I think that the younger players in the group really respond to him because of the energy he brings, his ability to embrace a game plan and understand a game plan. He's one of the smarter players I've ever been around at that position that can line up just about anywhere on the field and embrace that type of role and I think that the other guys have enjoyed learning and watching Jermaine and they kind of want to follow suit with him because they understand the versatility he can bring. I think we lined him up three times Saturday as basically a running back and did some different things that way, as well.''

Was that the first time you'd used that play?: "That got put in last week.''

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Scott Panitz:
9/26/2011
1:39 pm

Keith Price Monday Quotes



On paying attention to his touchdown numbers:

"Naw, you guys are telling me every week so that's how I'm getting an idea.  Naw, I'm just worried about winning, that's it, that's my main focus is winning."

 

On some of the things coming quicker than he thought:

"Oh no, I told you, I expected it.  It was more so you guys like I said last week.  But I'm just taking it one day at a time and hopefully we can come out with a win this week."

 

On how big it has been to have Austin Seferian-Jenkins:

"Oh man, he's great.  That guy can catch everything.  Anything you throw he's willing to catch it and it's great having a guy to throw to like that."

 

On feeling like opposing defenses are looking out for him more:

"I'm not worried about it.  I'm not worried about it.  We still got Number One behind me, you know.  And I know they're not going to take people out the box, you know."

 

On his first touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins:

"He made a great play, made a great catch and used that big body to get in the endzone."

On his expectations for the first month as UW starting quarterback:

"Have fun and win.  That was the main thing.  Just make sure that I'm having fun and make sure my offense is comfortable around me and hopefully they'll adjust to my playing style and win games."

 

On going back on the road:

"Oh, we gotta come out in the second half and beat teams.  And we have to finish games on the road and we can't have stupid penalties or make stupid mistakes because people are going to capitalize."

 

On learning how to bounce back in the face of adversity on the road:

"Definitely.  You know, we just have to learn how to win on the road.  Come in the same way how we come in for home games and apply that to away games and we'll be alright."

 

On how often Jake Locker's name comes up:

"Oh, every day.  Every day.  You know ‘How's Jake!  Jake!'  But it's all good.  It's all good.  Jake's a great guy.  It's expected."

 

On feeling like he's filling Locker's shoes:

"I never felt like I was a shadow of Jake.  I'm my own person and Jake is his own person and I'm not trying to be Jake by any means.  Jake's a great guy but I'm not Jake."

 

On staying in touch with Locker:

"He texts me every Saturday, you know ‘Just keep it up.  Keep playing the way you're playing.'"

On what he can do in practice to improve ball security:

"I have to be high-and-tight.  That's my main thing this week is working high-and-tight when I'm running the ball, even if I'm just walking around with the ball because I can't have any more fumbles."

 

On how much a help it is to have a coach that's so familiar with his position:

"Oh it's great, man, I'm learning new things every day.  ‘Keith, how you feel about this?'  You know, he just teaches me new techniques and, you know, I flirt with it and try to do it.  Even if I can't do it, I try to do it, so he's great."

 

On what Jermaine Kearse brings besides leadership:

"Oh man, he's a funny guy and he keeps the offense loose.  Even in the huddles he's cracking jokes and, you know, just making sure everybody's ready to play free."


On his best joke in the huddle:

"He always calls me ugly [laughs]."

 

You still throw to him:

"Aw yeah."

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Scott Panitz:
9/26/2011
1:14 pm

Justin Glenn Monday Quotes



On what it was like for him to be out with injuries:

"Man, it was rough.  All I can say is I'm glad to be back.  Sitting out for that long, it's devastating and things start to go through your mind that you never really thought of before so I think that's big is getting back mentally as well as physically."

 

On being forgotten when you're hurt:

"That's true.  ‘Can't make the club in the tub,' that's what everybody says.  I mean, when you're not getting on film at practice, you know, the coaches aren't seeing you, they can't evaluate you to put you out on the field, so it's big.  Injuries are rough but it's part of the game so you gotta just deal with it and be strong."

 

On Hau'oli Jamora cracking jokes with Sark the first time they met:

"That's just how he is, you know, he's just a fun kid.  He's just never down, never seems depressed, you know, he's just having fun and cracking jokes and loving life.  "

 

On Jamora's demeanor in the huddle:

"In those situations he's not a big talker.  He's kind of a guy who you can tell his emotions through his play, through his physical-whatever he's doing out there.  He's a little different, but he's a good guy."

 

On the identity of the defense being bend but don't break:

"I mean, I guess that's what it's kind of shaping up to be, yeah.  But, I mean, that's what you have to do.  You'd rather force a field goal than a touchdown.  Actually, you'd rather force no points, but if you're gonna bend, just don't break, that's what coach Holt always talks about."

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Eric Dore:
9/26/2011
1:09 pm

Everrette Thompson Monday Quotes



On the loss of Hauoli jamora: "It's a big loss, he's one of our best pass-rushers and better athletes on defense of course.  I feel for him and hopefully he gets back, gets healthy, and continues to rehab or whatever he has to do."

On replacing a guy like Jamora: "Yeah, it's a loss and like you said you can't replace a player like that, but we got to move on.  We got to be able to play without him and we got young guys like Shirley and Hudson that got to step it up and make those moves for us."

 

On how Jamora is always working after practice with the younger guys: "I know he's always working with the younger guys we just got to collectively as a unit pick it up

where he left off and we have the right people to do so, we just need those players to step it up."

On Jamora's sense of humor: "He's a happy-go-lucky guy, he has a great sense of humor and a great attitude towards life and I wish the best for him.  He's a goofball, he's off really, he always has a smile and a smirk, kind of random I would say."

 

On if he is the same way on the field: "He's a different man on the field, he's a beast.  He geos, he goes, that's all I can say, a motor-man."

On how much he's seen of Utah: "I've watched a couple games, SC because they're pretty similar with us.  They fight, they grind it out to the very last play, kind of similar like us I feel like.  It'll be a big challenge this weekend."

 

On Utah's impact offensive players: "They got good athletes on the perimeter.  I feel like the quarterback is a pretty good player and there's going to be a lot of passing, keeping us honest with the little draws here and there."

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Scott Panitz:
9/26/2011
1:01 pm

Cort Dennison Monday Quotes



On going back to Utah for the second season in a row (BYU last year):

"It's actually like a block and a half away from my high school.  I grew up going to Utah football games so it's a lot closer than Provo, but I realize too that it's just a game, no matter where we play, it's still football and we have a great task on our hands and I gotta focus on the game more than distractions of family and stuff coming to the game."

 

On the atmosphere at Utah games:

"It's exciting, it's loud.  They got a great student section, they call themselves the ‘The Muss.'  A lot of red.  The toughest part, like last year, going to those games, is just the elevation, you know, it's different then playing at sea level.  Your mouth will get really dry and stuff like that and so I think the biggest thing is the elevation and we gotta get used to it quick."

 

On how seriously Utah recruited him:

"Not as serious as some schools.  They showed interest.  I grew up going to games there but I kept all my options open and I ended up going to a place that, you know, I love."

 

On ever wearing the red:

"When I was going to games, yeah, I wore the red.  Now I wear the purple, so it doesn't matter."

 

On being bothered by Utah's lukewarm interest in him as a recruit:

"No.  It's just, I don't know what it is, but, you know, like, sometimes you get looked at, you know, as an underdog and stuff but those kind of things just motivate me and I like when people doubt me or whatever the case may be.  It motivates me to do better and to prove people points.  It is what it is."

 

On his knee and his health:

"Knee's getting better.  Working on it.  Taking some antibiotics for it.  But it's improving."

 

On having doubts about playing on Saturday:

"I knew I was going to play, I'm not going to sit out of a game, it's just I didn't know how healthy I would be.  It was really sore when I woke up but the trainers did a really good job on Saturday getting me ready to go."

 

On adrenaline kicking in:

"I think, yeah, that helps out a lot.  Adrenaline never hurts.  Sometimes you won't feel things that you normally would feel with adrenaline, so yeah, adrenaline definitely does help."

 

On playing with different guys on defense due to injury:

"I just think, you know, one guy goes down, one guy's loss is just another man's opportunity and I have full confidence in the world in the player that comes into the game.  They're all Division I football players for a reason, they all can play football and I trust them completely.  They're gonna do a great job this week, preparing well and, you know, when you prepare well Saturdays take care of themselves and Saturdays are easier than practice week.  So, I have all the confidence in the world that anyone that comes into the game and, if they need anything or need any support or have any questions, that's what I'm there for."



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Eric Dore:
9/26/2011
12:54 pm

Desmond Trufant Monday Quotes



On the loss of Hauoli Jamora: "He's great, he's a motor, motor guy.  He's going to go hard every play and it's hard to replace that, but hopefully he can get healthy and get back."

 

On what it's like to lose a friend on the field: "It's hard, they are our brothers out there.  We're a family and when one of our brothers goes down, you definitely are hurt by it, but it motivates you even more to go out there and try to win the game for him."

 

On the young guys: "We have depth, even though we might lose a starter or a guy that's been playing for a couple years we can still put a young guy in there and he can be just as effective and you got to give credit to the coaches for great recruiting as well."

 

On going to Utah: "I know the elevation is going to be hard so we got to be prepared for that.  It's probably going to be a little harder to breathe.  Besides that I think we should be alright."

 

On what they learned from the BYU game last year: "I think that was the thing, the elevation was definitely a factor, but we just got to block that out and probably do some extra conditioning or whatever we got to do just to get ready for that."

 

On if he can envision himself covering Larry Fitzgerald like his brother was yesterday: "I'd love it, that'd be a blessing, he's probably going to be a Hall of Fame receiver.  I'd love to be in position to play against guys like that."

 

On if he watches those games with a different eye than the general public: "Definitely, I'm envisioning myself covering them, looking at little minor details that maybe I could use if maybe I'm at that level.  It's great watching those guys play."

 

On the grade he would give his brother, Marcus yesterday: "He did pretty good, he had the interception, I'd give him a B+.  You can always get better, B+, A, but he got an interception so it was great."

 

On if being in a close game in the end ever gets old: "We feel like defense wins championships so sometimes it might be a turnover or they might get an explosion play, regardless we just have to buckle down.  If it comes down to the last play we just got to fight back and I'm glad our defense didn't break, we just kept fighting back."

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Chris Fetters:
9/26/2011
1:08 pm

Utah Weekly Depth Chart Released

Utah's Depth Chart vs. Washington

OFFENSE:
Left Tackle 77 John Cullen (6-5, 300, Sr., 1VL)
56 Kapua Sai (6-4, 312, So., 1VL)

Left Guard 72 Miles Mason (6-3, 316, Jr., JC)
64 Vyncent Jones (6-3, 300, So., 1VL)

Center 54 Tevita Stevens (6-3, 300, Jr., 2VL)
63 Joape Pela (6-1, 297, Jr., SQ)

Right Guard 74 Sam Brenner (6-4, 300, Jr., 2VL)
76 Jeremiah Tofaeono (6-2, 317, So., 1VL)

Right Tackle 70 Tony Bergstrom (6-6, 315, Sr., 3VL) OR
78 Percy Taumoelau (6-4, 314, So., 1VL)
56 Kapua Sai (6-4, 312, So., 1VL)

Quarterback 3 Jordan Wynn (6-2, 202, Jr. 2VL)
9 Jon Hays (6-0, 212, Jr., JC)

Running Back 15 John White (5-8, 186, Jr., JC)
24 Tauni Vakapuna (5-9, 229, Sr., 1VL)

Fullback 11 Luke Matthews (6-2, 206, Jr., 2VL) OR
89 Dallin Rogers (6-3, 245, Jr., 2VL) OR
34 Shawn Asiata (6-0, 253, Sr., 1VL)

Wide Receiver-Z 6 Dres Anderson (6-1, 171, Fr., RS)
14 Reggie Dunn (5-10, 170, Jr., 1VL)

Wide Receiver-Z 10 DeVonte Christopher (6-1, 200, Jr., 2VL)
88 Dexter Ransom (6-3, 220, Sr., 1VL) OR
83 Sean Fitzgerald (6-3, 205, So., 1VL)

Tight End 81 Kendrick Moeai (6-5, 260, Jr., 2VL)
82 Jake Murphy (6-4, 255, Fr., RS)

DEFENSE:
Left End 99 Joe Kruger (6-7, 270, So., 1VL)
96 Nate Fakahafua (6-3, 220, Fr., HS) OR
42 Nai Fotu (6-0, 247, Sr., 3VL)

Tackle 44 Dave Kruger (6-5, 285, Jr., 2VL) OR
91 James Aiono (6-3, 305, Sr., 1VL)

Nose Tackle 92 Star Lotulelei (6-3, 325, Jr., 1VL)
97 Tevita Finau (6-4, 283, Sr., 1VL)

Right End 90 Derrick Shelby (6-3, 271, Sr., 3VL)
97 Tevita Finau (6-4, 283, Sr., 1VL)

Stud Linebacker 4 Brian Blechen (6-2, 230, So., 1VL)
49 Trevor Reilly (6-5, 238, So., 1VL)

Middle Linebacker 32 Chaz Walker (6-0, 223, Sr., 3VL)
7 V.J. Fehoko (5-11, 235, Fr., RS) OR
45 Boo Andersen (6-1, 240, Jr., 2VL)

Rover Linebacker 52 Matt Martinez (6-0, 225, Sr., 3VL)
13 J.J. Williams (6-0, 220, Sr. 3VL)

Left Corner 26 Ryan Lacy (5-9, 187, Jr., 1VL)
23 Wykie Freeman (5-11, 175, So., 1VL)

Right Corner 9 Conroy Black (6-0, 186, Sr., 1VL)
5 Mo Lee (6-0, 190, Jr., RS)

Nickel Back 28 Reggie Topps (5-11, 190, Jr., 2VL)
25 Mike Honeycutt (5-10, 185, So., 1VL)

Free Safety 1 Keith McGill (6-3, 200, Jr., JC) OR
18 Eric Rowe (6-1, 185, Fr., HS)

Strong Safety 15 Michael Walker (5-9, 185, So., 1VL) OR
19 Quade Chappuis (5-11, 196, So., 1VL)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Punter 30 Nick Marsh (5-11, 183, So., 1VL) OR
86 Sean Sellwood (6-3, 200, Jr., 2VL)

Place Kicker 95 Coleman Petersen (6-2, 192, Jr., SQ) OR
30 Nick Marsh (5-11, 183, So., 1VL)

Kickoffs 30 Nick Marsh (5-11, 183, So., 1VL)
95 Coleman Petersen (6-2, 192, Jr., SQ)

Snapper 62 Patrick Greene (6-2, 230, Jr., 2VL)
12 Griff Robles (6-4, 235, So., 1VL)

Holder 86 Sean Sellwood (6-3, 200, Jr., 2VL)
10 DeVonte Christopher (6-1, 200, Jr., 2VL)

Punt Returns 16 Griff McNabb (5-7,160, So., 1VL)
85 Charles Henderson (5-9, 172, Fr., HS)

Kickoff Returns 26 Ryan Lacy (5-9, 187, Jr., 1VL) AND
Reggie Dunn (5-10, 170, Jr., 1VL)
Dres Anderson (6-1, 171, Fr., RS)
Luke Matthews (6-2, 206, Jr., 2VL)


Chris Fetters:
9/26/2011
11:00 am

UW Weekly Depth Chart Released

Washington's Depth Chart vs. Utah

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

DE - Josh Shirley 6-3 229, RFr., Fontana, Calif./Kaiser
Talia Crichton 6-3 255, Jr.,Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood

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 OR
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 OR
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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