Steve Sarkisian Thursday Quotes
On what happened to his Pedometer: "I lost that thing probably a year-and-a –half ago. I did lose it. I wish I could find it, that thing was kind of fun. It kept me entertained."
On Kasen Williams' health: "I thought today he looked even better. He really did a nice job in both the returns games today. He looked the best he's looked running routes, so I was very encouraged. I think tomorrow will be good for him not have to be such an intense day for his ankle. Hopefully it feels good Saturday."
Danny Shelton update: "I wouldn't give him 100 percent, but again I thought today he looked much better than he's looked. I think he is getting better, and better, and better, which is encouraging. Foot things with big guys are always a little concerning because, if you remember back to Ben Riva in spring ball and things like that. He is getting better. He is moving better. And I think he'll be able to do some things for us Saturday."
On Utah defending Price and confusing him: "I don't know if it was necessarily for Keith. Utah has got good coaches, like a lot of teams do. I don't know if they were necessarily for Keith, but they did do some things differently – a little bit differently than what they had shown. It is unfortunate we stubbed our toe on the fourth-and-1 early in the game, and then that pick in the red zone early in the first quarter – I thought those two things maybe set us back a little, and it took us a minute to settle back in. I was pleased with our ability to adjust to what they were doing, and able to do some things on the ground to set up some things through the air for us."
Are defenses specifically game-planning to stop keith Price now? "I would imagine so. I mean, that's natural. The challenge for us is always going to be, what is their emphasis? What are they trying to do to us, whether it's in the run game or the pass game? Sometimes it can be more bump-and-run coverage to knock off the timing of our passing game. Sometimes, it can be to truly play coverage and drop eight guys and play cover-2. So depending on what we are seeing in the passing game should depict what we want to call and also where he goes with the ball within calls. We are not one-dimensional to where we call things just for one coverage. I'd like to think we have enough array in each play that the ball can go to a variety of places based on what we are getting. That's the challenge of playing quarterback for us."
He's starting to get, though, national attention. how's he handling that? "The beauty of Keith is, he is who he is. I've been saying it -- and I'm learning him, as we keep going I'm learning more about him -- but nothing is ever too big for him, in the sense that he can't handle the arena that he's in, whether it's the stadium that he's in, or the media attention, or the lack thereof, one way or the other. He doesn't change. That's the beauty of him. He has a calming demeanor. He's fun-loving. And still, through the end of it all, his most redeeming quality is his competitiveness. Those things keep showing up for us. So I am not nearly as concerned about it as maybe I would be with some other guys."
And health-wise? "Oh, I wouldn't give him 100 percent yet, but he looks the best I've seen him now for over a month."
Is Keith Price like any other QB you've ever been around? "I haven't had anyone like him. Maybe the closest is Matt Leinart. Matt had an innate ability to have a lot of fun. He loved playing ball and he still does, but yet lock in when it was time to lock in. He was a fiery, emotional guy. Maybe a little more emotional than Keith, but they both loved practice. They come out smiling, having fun but he's probably the closest, but I don't think they are exactly alike.''
Is he enjoying it more now that he's healty?: "He's always been that way. I think there are some times when you could read into it because he's limping that he's got his head down that he's not enjoying it. He has a blast, he just wishes he was 100 percent healthy."
On the exotic pressures Colorado will bring out Saturday, remind you of anybody?: "No, not necessarily remind me of anybody. There are some similarities to maybe a Stanford type and some of the nickel pressures they like to do, or even a Cal for that matter. And the common theme there is that it is a real NFL influence, talking about what Stanford has done the last few years with their NFL kind of coordinators, what Cal has done. Now what Colorado is doing, and a lot of it is just based on overloading sides and twists and stunts that are a little unique to the college game and I think part of that is you can get so spread out that it is hard to cover down on all of those things, or the threat of the quarterback run in the college game, or the zone read stuff, so it's not as common. But when you do see it it definitely takes time to prepare for it."
On the blitzing being an Embree-specific trait, or if it's his whole staff - "I think it's his defensive staff. Jon is an offensive guy at heart. I'm sure he has input on their defense, but I'm sure some of that stuff comes from somebody on that staff that has some NFL ties."
On it being nice to have the extra week to prepare for an NFL-style defense - "It was great for us, not only for a blitz pickup standpoint, but also from the run game with some of the stuff they're doing. That was advantageous for us, to be able to do that. Then the other side of why they have 17 sacks is when they rush, they rush hard. They are really trying to get to the quarterback. It's a tribute to them."
On the five 'or's' and any movement with one guy taking charge of position battles - "They'll all play. All those guys will play."
On if they are all 50/50 situations - "It's going to depend on what they do and what their emphasis is going to be. We have to figure that out during the game - if they are going to try to spread us out or if they are going to play more two-back and all that stuff…we have to figure that out. And that will depict some of our playing time."
On being any closer to letting the freshmen like Kasen talk - "No. I haven't really thought about it until you just asked me, sorry. (laughs) I'll get back to you on that."
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Doug Nussmeier Wednesday Quotes
On Devin Aguilar leading the team in yards per catch - "He's an explosive receiver. He's done a nice job getting vertical down the field and making plays. We have a lot of guys we feel can do good things down the field. A lot of times what we have is multiple options on a vertical passing game call, and it just depends on what the coverage is and how it ends up."
On Price looking for Aguilar and Kearse first because of his comfort with them - "I think that's natural, any time you play together - it hasn't been a long time but they've practiced together for a long time, you kind of build that."
On Embree running a defense with NFL looks - "It just varies. Their defensive scheme is multiple. They throw different personnel groupings at you, different pressures. It is an NFL-style defense, you know? Like I said - multiple look, scheme's good, they do a lot of different things to exploit your protections. So you have to be very sound."
On being able to identify an NFL-style defense from a college defense - "I think there's carryover a lot, and I think a lot has to do with the coordinator and his preference. One of the things with this defense that we've seen is that they play multiple personnel groupings, which is very common in the National Football League because you have matchups. So when you start talking about down-and-distance matchups, how they are going to cover certain guys - there's carryover a lot there I think from the NFL."
On who stood out of the younger offensive players during the BYE week - "I think there were a lot of guys. I couldn't really pin-point one guy. I would say this; those young guys did a lot of good things but they also had areas where we need to improve. And a lot of that has to do with a lot of these guys being busy with scout team, giving us looks and preparing us for the other teams. They really haven't had a chance to run our system in a while. And that's the bonus part, the good thing is that they get back into our system - they actually run our plays with our calls, and they get to function within our offense.
"I think it's a good group. I think it's a real good group. I think we've got some guys that are good young football players. Obviously they need to continue to develop. They have to continue to spend their time in the weight room and with their speed training and that kind of stuff to grow that way. But from a football IQ standpoint, I think our football team is getting better and better every year with how well we play from the IQ part of football and understanding special situations of the game and what we're trying to accomplish."
On if he's seeing depth develop and emerge on the offense - "Micah (Hatchie) played in the Utah game. We've played multiple receivers, we've played multiple tight ends. Obviously running back is a position that's been hit a little bit with injuries and we've had to rotate guys in and out of there…but you've got a young guy like Bishop Sankey that has stepped in. We've played multiple guys at multiple positions, and as we continue to grow, so will our depth."
On if Sankey's breakout performance is coming soon? - "I don't think you ever really know until it happens. I think he's done a very good job of preparing himself, and that's part of the thing for young players is learning how to prepare. You make the step from the high school level to the college level, and the biggest thing to understand as young players is your preparation is what's going to get you prepared for Saturdays. You can't just show up and play; you have to prepare, and you have to prepare like the game is happening all week long. And then when you get to the game, it's a by-product of what you did during the week. And I think he's done a good job of learning that as we're heading into the middle part of the season."
On freshmen being more and more prepared to play in college - "I think that's hard to say, and I think it's hard to quantify. A lot of it is, you give a lot of credit to the quality of coaching at the high school level. I think the high school football coaches in this state, the west coast, and all around the country…high school coaches are doing such a great job of preparing these kids. Maybe the learning curve and the step isn't quite as big as it used to be, but those guys have so much stuff going on and the quality of coaching is extremely high."
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Devin Aguilar Wednesday Quotes
On the game with CU having special meaning - "It does, but it doesn't at the same time. I never really wanted to stay in state. I wanted be outside of it. I always wanted to be a Pac 10, now Pac 12, competitor. It does mean something. I have a couple of friends and teammates on the other team. It's going to be fun going into play them. But that's really it. It's just another game within conference. I don't really hold it up to any special meaning.
On CU offering him? - "No they didn't, which was weird. But that's how the tables turned, so I'm fine."
Not interested? - "Even if I had a scholarship, I don't think I would have went. My goal was to leave right from the jump."
Grow up liking CU? - "I have friends from my school that went thtere and came back told me how it was. It just really wasn't in my eyes at the time. I was a Pac 10 guy. I just loved SC, Oregon, Arizona. Growing up I used to watch Lendale White, I was a ball boy when he played for a Colorado team and he went to SC. It was one of my dreams to come out this way. He went to Chatfield in Colorado."
Who do you know? - "I know Ryan Miller, Shawn Daniels is there, Josh Ford and Thornton the tight end, I played basketball with him. But I don't know everybody, ii know a couple of guys."
UW Recruiting Denver - "They've just come along this way. We got a committed quarterback in Cyler Miles. There's a lot of talent down there. They are going to start looking for it, but there is talent there. I feel like CU never kept the in-state competitors or athletes and a lot of them were forced to leave anyway."
Did you talk to Dan Hawkins? - "Not at all. They never sent letters, never communicated. It didn't matter to me at the time."
On long completions coming from scrambles? - "Scramble rules. I was just in a good position and was right there when he saw me. We work on that a lot. Me and Keith are on the same page lot of times. Wherever the depth is, whever I have to go find the spot, he's confident to that I can make the catch.
On injuries - "It was really frustrating not being able to compete. Just little nagging injuries. It wasn't even big injuries, but they can keep you out. Coming into this year was one of my emphases was to stay healthy. Being a graduate helps because I can get a lot of treatment even if I don't need it."
Family watching the game? - "I'm sure they are going to be showing the game. Everybody is looking forward to it, especially my famiy and a lot of my coaches at my high school. They wondered why I dind't go to CU. But it's just another game."
On Mullen Head Coach Dave Logan - "He was mad they didn't offer me. He wasn't mad at my decision at all."
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Kevin Smith Wednesday Quotes
On his play thus far: "I feel like I've played to what the coaches want me to do as far as my assignments. I've been trying my best to do what they want me to do and being consistent with it."
On his success in the return game: "I think it's my physical attributes and I have been doing it since I was in high school and I like doing it so I think the coaches see something in me that I can make something happen back there."
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Senio Kelemete Wednesday Quotes
On if he has seen enough good things to say they will get better: "Yeah, everyday we're working hard, watching film every day trying to get the backs and trying to even get Keith in the film room so we can all know what we're trying to do instead of just the o-line."
On if Colorado does anything unique on defense: "They run a lot of defensive games like loop guys around or bring the linebackers through the A-gap a lot, but it's just a lot of movement up front. It's a lot different than we've faced."
On communication on the o-line: "It's very important to us we got to make sure what Drew Schaefer is doing and where Keith wants to go and we got make sure what gap we're accountable for and we got to make sure what guy we need to pick up."
On Price's legs making the o-line job different moving forward: "It makes our job that much easier. That guy, he can scramble I give him props. Not only that, he can also take a hit and get right back up and come right back to the huddle and move on to the next play so that's what I admire about him. He's a tough guy, he'll stick it through all the way to the fourth quarter."
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Chris Polk Wednesday Quotes
On going into the bye week on a high note: "We went into the bye week on a high note but we still feel like there's room for improvement. We could have played a lot better in some games, we still haven't played to our full potential. We're still continuing to grow and get better as a football team, but just coming back out here at practice running around feels good because we're starting to get lazy and complacent so coming back out here is a beneficial thing for us."
On if the bye week helped his knee: "My knee is totally pain free. The bye week really helped all my other nicks and bruises so I'm going into this game 100%. I couldn't say that for any game this year yet but this one because of that bye week."
On if not being 100% changes his approach: "No, it doesn't change my approach, I'm still going to come out here and try to do my best and leave it all out there for my teammates because I know they trust me and I trust them so I just go out there and give it my all."
On any worries about coming out with a lack of energy against a perceived weaker team: "Energy no, I wouldn't say there's no worries coming out with energy because no matter what their record or whoever we play we're going to try to come out here and try to play our best game. Colorado is not a bad football team. Their record doesn't show how good they are. If they had a couple snaps go their way they could have the same record as us. If we don't have a couple snaps go our way then we could have the same record as them. We really don't try to look at that. We respect our opponents and we know they're going to come out here and try to take it to us and we can't allow that to happen."
On if he has noticed that the schedule picks up after this game: "Yeah we knew that coming in like I said after Eastern it's only going to get harder. Each week I feel gets harder and harder because as we start to meet our potential people want to bring us down off that pedestal where we know we can play. We just have to treat every game after this like a bowl game. Everyone is going to try and take it to us especially at home and we can't allow that to happen."
On if the receivers have picked up their blocking game: "Yeah we picked up our game. Me personally with the receivers we're more close now even off the field we're always hanging out together. It's like a real brotherhood so now we really actually have trust in each other, we believe in each other. Whereas last year we were still trying to guess well if he's in, I don't know. But, they've really picked their game up and I thank them for that, especially the o-line."
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Steve Sarkisian Wednesday Quotes
On who won practice today - "Oh, the defense. Got a couple turnovers there…a tipped ball interception in team, and then a nice, jumping interception by Sean Parker during 7-on-7."
On the weather dictating what they do - "Without a doubt, we're making it a point…we for sure, Tuesday and Wednesday, were going outside regardless of the conditions. It's good for us, it's good for the passing game - you have to get used to it. Realistically, especially for what yesterday was, all in all pretty good…pretty efficient. Our defense is playing better too. That's part of it. They are getting their hands on balls and all that kind of stuff. Still, even in these conditions, it's important to get out here and get accustomed to 'em, because the rest of the way this is what we're playing in, maybe outside of going to Stanford and LA. Outside of that, this is what it is."
On the weather changing their game plan - "We haven't changed too too much that way. If you look at the numbers and kind of what we're doing, we're on pace from a average of runs and pass attempts per game of what we should be. Some games will be more, some games will be less, depending on the game."
On Colorado running a 3-4 defense - "Not really. At times they do, mostly in a lot of nickel situations they get in it. But in base downs and distance they are primarily a 4-3 team."
On if that helps them with their success blitzing - "They are pretty aggressive. They are going to blitz the quarterback. They are pretty aggressive on third down…they are pretty aggressive in general. One of their real redeeming qualities on defense is their ability to pressure the quarterback, whether with blitzes or with their four-man rush stuff. They do a nice job."
On their recognition picking up blitzes - "I think it's been much better than we've been the last two years. That comes from having a veteran center and his ability to direct things. We haven't had too many guys just running free in the backfield. I can think of a couple, especially early in the year. But some of the sacks we've taken are we're holding onto the ball a little bit too long or we're getting beat one-on-one, which might happen."
On making sure the team is sharp coming off bye weeks: "I think one, you need to have practices like the one we just had, really competitive, high energy, physical. I don't know if it was our sharpest practice but from an intensity standpoint and how physical it was it was one of the better ones we've had, and so that is I think one of the keys to it. The second, one thing we do is try to extend the week a little bit by bringing them back on Sunday and going half-pads on Monday which we normally don't do on a regular work week just to get back in the flow of things and the speed of things. And the other thing we try to do is a hair bit more one-one-one teamwork type things just to get back to the speed of the game.''
On if the team seems fresher from the week off: "I don't know. I would like to think so, but part of it too is we are really rolling in school now, too, so that is a whole nother thing in their lives they are dealing with, so I would like to think so but it's hard to tell that.''
On if there is a definition of handling success as a team and how you do that: "I think one of the things is the teams that are the best at being successful and continued success is they understand this is where they are supposed to be, and it's not an arrogance that way, but just that this is where they are supposed to be. We've known all the great teams for years and years and years in all the team sports, or individual athletes for that matter, they don't get surprised to be in that moment, and they also don't beat themselves up and say 'we're not supposed to be this good' and knock themselves back down. They understand when they get to that point of what it took to get to that point and what it needs to remain there or get even better. And I think the greatest teams are always striving to get better, they never become complacent with where they are at, because there is that old adage of 'if you are not getting better you are getting worse' and I think the great teams understand that.''
On if he is seeing all the right things from the Huskies in that regard: "Well I think so. But again we are learning, we are inexperienced at this, and so there are things we have to learn along the way to continue to grow. I don't think by any means we are there yet.''
On how Kasen Williams looks: "A little stiff, still. I think he is getting better from day to day. But still a little bit stiff so we will have to see.''
On rotating in guys like Timu and Fellner: "It's going pretty well.''
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Colorado's Depth Chart vs. Washington Released
WIDE RECEIVER (X)
17 Toney Clemons,6-2,210,Sr.-5*
87 Tyler McCulloch,6-5,205,Fr.
81 Austin Vincent,6-2,185,Fr.
WIDE RECEIVER (Z)
84 Keenan Canty, 5-9, 155, Fr.-RS
2 Logan Gray, 6-2, 190, Sr.-5
35 Kyle Cefalo, 5-10, 170, Sr.-5*
(6 Paul Richardson, 61, 175, Soph.*—injured)
59 David Bakhtiari,6-4,295,Soph.*
71 #Alexander Lewis, 6-6, 270, Fr.
63 Ethan Adkins,6-4,290,Sr.-5**
50 Paulay Asiata,6-5,295,Fr.
(68 Shawn Daniels, 63, 275, Sr.5*—injured)
76 Gus Handler, 6-3, 290, Soph.
52 Daniel Munyer, 6-2, 290, Fr.-RS
54 Kaiwi Crabb, 6-3, 300, Fr.-RS
73 Ryan Miller, 6-8, 295, Sr.-5****
79 Sione Tau, 6-5, 335, Sr.-5
54 Kaiwi Crabb, 6-3, 300, Fr.-RS
53 Ryan Dannewitz,6-6,295,Jr.**
79 Sione Tau, 6-5, 335, Sr.-5
34 Ryan Deehan, 6-5, 245, Sr.***
43 Matthew Bahr, 6-4, 260, Sr.-5***
85 DaVaughn Thornton, 6-4, 225, Soph.*
98 #Alexander Lewis, 6-6, 270, Fr.
88 Kyle Slavin, 6-4, 235, Fr.-RS
99 Scott Fernandez, 6-3, 250, Soph.*
9 Tyler Hansen, 6-1, 215, Sr.***
8 Nick Hirschman, 6-3, 230, Fr.-RS
14 John Schrock, 6-4, 215, Fr.
5 Rodney Stewart,5-6,175,Sr.***
26 Tony Jones,5-7,175,Fr.-RS
29 Josh Ford,5-9,195,Soph.
49 Evan Harrington,5-11,230,Sr.*
47 Tyler Ahles,6-2,235,Sr.-5***
(#—primary position is OT; wears 98 at TE)
LEFT DEFENSIVE END
83 Will Pericak,6-4,285,Jr.**
50 Curtis Cunningham,6-1,285,Sr.***
91 Kirk Poston,6-1,255,Fr.-RS
93 Conrad Obi, 6-3, 290, Sr.-5***
94 Nate Bonsu, 6-1, 285, Soph.*
70 Eric Richter, 6-3, 315, Jr.
RIGHT DEFENSIVE END
9 Chidera Uzo-Diribe,6-3,240,Soph.*
44 Nick Kasa,6-6,270,Jr.**
(95 Tony Poremba, 61, 230, Sr.5*— injured)
JACK (OUTSIDE) LINEBACKER
17 Josh Hartigan,6-1,230,Sr.-5***
55 David Goldberg,6-1,245,Sr.-5**
2 Juda Parker,6-3,250,Fr.
MIKE (INSIDE) LINEBACKER
3 Douglas Rippy,6-3,230,Jr.**
54 Brady Daigh, 6-2, 235, Fr.
WILL (INSIDE) LINEBACKER
1 Derrick Webb, 6-0, 220, Soph.*
12 Patrick Mahnke, 6-1, 210, Sr.***
45 Lowell Williams, 6-1, 200, Fr.-RS
SAM (OUTSIDE) LINEBACKER
31 Jon Major,6-2,230,Jr.**
47 Tyler Ahles,6-2,235,Sr.-5***
41 Terrel Smith,5-8,180,Soph.* (N#1)
15 Jason Espinoza,5-8,180,Sr.***
39 Josh Moten,6-0,195,Fr.-RS
26 Ray Polk, 6-1, 205, Jr.**
42 K.T. Tu'umalo, 6-2, 195, Fr.
28 Will Harlos, 6-3, 185, Fr.
7 Anthony Perkins, 5-10, 200, Sr.-5***
?41 Terrel Smith, 5-8, 180, Soph.*
4 Kyle Washington, 6-1, 200, Fr. (N#2)
20 Greg Henderson,5-11,185,Fr.
?18 Jonathan Hawkins,5-11,195,Sr.-5***
(10 Brian Lockridge,57,180,Sr.5***—injured)
(N—denotes nickel back)
8 Darragh O'Neill,6-2,180,Fr.(R&L)
15 Zach Grossnickle,6-2,190,Soph.*
90 Mark Brundage,6-1,180,Sr.-5
PLACEKICKER / KICKOFF
91 Will Oliver,5-10,195,Fr. (KO#1)
40 Justin Castor,6-4,200,Soph.*
5 Rodney Stewart,5-6,175,Sr.***
84 Keenan Canty,5-9,155,Fr.-RS
5 Rodney Stewart,5-6,175,Sr.***
17 Toney Clemons,6-2,210,Sr.-5*
26 Tony Jones,5-7,175,Fr.-RS
(10 Brian Lockridge, 57, 180, Sr.5***—injured)
14 Justin Gorman,6-0,195,Fr.-RS
35 Kyle Cefalo, 5-10, 170, Sr.-5*
69 Ryan Iverson, 6-0, 215, Soph.*
85 DaVaughn Thornton,6-4,225,Soph.*
69 Ryan Iverson,6-0,215,Soph.*
85 DaVaughn Thornton,6-4,225,Soph.*
(R&L)—kicks both right- and left-footed.
* Denotes letters won through 2010
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Mike Cox Tuesday Quotes
On what makes the screen game tough: "Well they do a very good job executing. They have a lot of them so they make it difficult just the types of ones and the back does a very good job of executing what they do."
On if the size of the back makes it tougher: "Not really, I think it's a schematic thing. I think they do a very good job whether it was him or the next guy. I don't necessarily think the size has anything to do with it."
On the key to stopping the screen: "Well it depends on the defensive call, everyone's going to have their turns and the best way to stop screens is to play good team defense."
On not having to worry about Paul Richardson: "Well they have a lot of guys there. Just like he didn't play the other day and they still did their same offense. We're still planning on playing heck who knows but they're not going to change a lot. They're still going to run their offense and probably have a couple new wrinkles for us."
On the advantages/disadvantages to rotating the linebackers: "Well I think one it's the completion of practice and like I told them they dictate who plays. Who practices the best plays and so anytime you have competition like that practices go better and hopefully the performance on the film in turn will be better as well."
On if Kearse's play has demanded he still be out there: "At this point I told him come back tomorrow and we're going to have another competition, we'll just keep playing. I'm not too wrapped up in who's starting. I think all of them are going to play."
On Kearse's game: "I think the best thing Jamaal has done is that he's done his job and not tried to do anything he wasn't supposed to do. He just executed what he was to do and not tried too hard. He just does what he does in practice and the rest takes care of itself."
On the tough transition for Kearse to play LB: "Well I think just playing faster. He was trying to decipher all the information in a small period of time and he wasn't reacting nearly as fast. The more he plays the easier it's getting for him."
On Gilliland: "Well he's made plays, he's been a playmaker for us and I like the speed he's playing at and again he and Princeton have had a great battle, great competition out here every day and last game they played a similar amount of reps so they're both playing."
On if he plays them by situation or would like to give them series: "It's just kind of by feel and by how the game is going. There is not really a specific plan about it, just feel how the game is going and the number of plays of the drive and so forth and what we're seeing and all that kind of stuff."
On what the defense accomplished during the bye week: "Well number one I think we got some of our guys fresh and the guys that were really chipped and beat up got fresh. The other thing is we got to look at our young players and see them play a little bit."
On if any of the young players stood out: "Not one more than another I think they all showed signs of improvement. I don't think one stood out more than another at this point."
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Cort Dennison Tuesday Quotes
On how the rotating of the outside linebackers affects him: "It doesn't matter who's in there I know whoever is in there is going to do a great job. I'm there to help them if they have any questions or if I see anything in their game and point something out to them. I have complete faith in them, they're division one football players for a reason, they're all on scholarship for a reason so I have complete confidence in all of them."
On Colorado: "They're a pro-style offense, a lot of different formations, very good screen team, probably the best screen team we've seen since I've been here. Stewart is one of the best runningbacks in the Pac-12, he's shifty. They have a good o-line, a good group of receivers, a really athletic quarterback. They have a bunch of talent on their team so we got to be ready for Saturday."
On what makes them a good screen team: "With the pass rush it's hard for the d-linemen if they're running screens, they're going to think they're free then it's just a spoof so the d-linemen got to be in tune with everything and we got to really read the runningback and read the o-linemen."
On if it's advantage for Colorado that Stewart is small and can hide: "Yeah it is hard, especially because they have a big o-line. Their right guard is 6'8 so it's hard when you got a guy who is 5'6 behind a 6'8 guy so they can get caught behind the linemen but that's where our film study comes in and their tendencies and hopefully we can be in tune with our keys."
On if there's a change being favored: "I think we're just fine going in. We're not too confident or anything, we all realize how good of a football team they are. Every team in the Pac-12 is a good football team and trust me their record isn't an indication of how good they are. They are a very good football team, got a lot of great players and we realize how hard they're going to come on Saturday so we got to be ready."
On the bye week: "It was good, I got a lot of treatment done, ice bath. I feel pretty close to the first day of training camp so hopefully I can stay this healthy for a while."
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Semisi Tokolahi Tuesday Quotes
On if Husky Stadium surface helps or hurts his ankle: "The surface helps actually, it feels good."
On the percent his ankle is at right now: "I'd say high 90's."
On percent his ankle was against Utah: "It was in the top 80's but that bye week helped me out."
On if he used the bye week to rest or take more reps: "Both, that's the most they've pushed me since camp."
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Steve Sarkisian Tuesday Pac-12 Teleconference Notes
On Utah and adjustments he made - Saw the ASU game, and when you can get turnovers, that helps you play well. Looked like it played a factor in both games. Not sure if it was a lot of adjustments, but turnovers and short fields create momentum. Can also generate emotion for the whole team to feed off of.
On turnovers - are they caused, forced - why do they happen? Variety of things to cause turnovers, or when they are given up. Works both ways. Where UW has struggled has been when our QB has been loose in the pocket, and have also thrown some red zone interceptions. Turnovers can come from a variety of ways, so there's not just one reason why.
On clock management - You can try and lengthen game or shorten game, or doesn't make a difference. Like to think we are somewhere between the last two. Late in halves, it does matter. Want to minimize possessions for the opponent.
On offensive balance and advantage of their system - We're pretty multiple. Can run the football and play-action pass, but can also spread you out. Try to be a smart football team, so we can use a number of different things to run what we like to run. That's our approach going into each game.
On why Chris Polk is a good RB for their system - Tough runner, great YAC. Can be a multiple guy. Can do zone read stuff and power stuff, which he can do - as well as catch the ball. Can do a little bit of everything.
On the fundamentals on rebuilding a program - Need to hire a great staff and take the time to hire coaches you believe in and can fit well within the culture you're trying to create. Be patient in recruiting. Thought we reached too much in the first year, should have saved some rides for the next class. Continually find ways for the current team to believe in what you're doing - in practice, meetings, etc... Have to reinforce the beliefs so the culture can change.
On if UW can get back to the James-era glory - I think we can get back there, and we're heading there. Not sure how long it'll take. Seattle is a beautiful city, and we have the tradition here. It's easier to find your way back when you've been there before, and UW has been there before.
On falling back into success - Used the mountain climbing analogy, trying to get to the top of Mt. Rainier. Each step means a new place they haven't been before. Can't look up or down, because if you do you can slide right back down. Have to look at the next step only.
On Devin Aguilar - He's having a great year. Deep WR corps, but still having a great year. Good football IQ, great job on third down. Fearless going across the middle, comes up with tough catches. Excellent leader to our younger players. Has already graduated, and couldn't be more proud of him.
On the interplay between the Kearse brothers during practice - I don't think you'd know it at all. Jermaine's a tough older brother. He doesn't coddle Jamaal. During fall practice they had a blocking competition, and both got pitted against each other, and younger brother won.
On if Jermaine's been an example for him - Jermaine's one of the best, if not the best, in terms of repping UW on and off the field. He's a great example for Jamaal. Do know it was a special moment when they each scored a TD against Utah, know their Mom was very proud.
On the thoughts of Stoops' firing - Very surprised. Have the utmost respect for Mike and his ability to coach. Have had some great battles over the years. From what he inherited to go to three bowl games was impressive. He'll land on his feet.
On mid-season firings being more common now - Don't know. Haven't followed it close enough to know.
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Jon Embree Tuesday Pac-12 Teleconference Notes
Why so many true freshmen - Having to deal with injuries, and also they've stepped up to compete for jobs too. Little bit of both.
On Andrew Luck - When you go back and look at No. 1 picks, they all have the arm, size, all that stuff. And he has it all.
On UW and rebuilding - They are a program - them and Stanford - are two programs I looked at when rebuilding. It's a program I have followed a little bit when Sark got there, and knew Sark a little bit too. Interesting to watch both programs as they've transitioned.
On Paul Richardson out and impacting offense - It affects us from a big-play capability. He dictated special intention, but it's a chance for others to step up and fill void.
On how the kids are holding up - They are doing well. It's still important to them to go out and play well. It's important to compete and to help build what they are trying to do. The seniors are trying to leave a positive legacy for other classes to build on. And the freshmen are excited because they are playing. Still lot of excitement in the program.
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Complete Steve Sarkisian Monday Show Notes
Gas brings the show in talking about how the team is now in the second half of their season and how it shapes up. Sark said it if they do the things they are supposed to do, it could be a great month. Then he used the mountain climbing analogy, and how they are at a point along the mountain they haven't been at before. It's important to look at the next step, which is Colorado. They will be a dangerous team.
Gas took the mountain climbing analogy one step further, talking about how it gets tougher and tougher the higher you climb.
Gas ask about Keith Price and his health, and Sark said he looks good. Also good to see Fellner and Callier back too. James Sample was back. Lot of guys back, and they looked energized. Good practice.
Bob asked if this Monday practice can be different coming off a bye, and Sark said what they do coming off a bye is bring them in Sunday to go through position meetings and then have them come out a little bit and just have them run. Monday there was a lot of things focused specifically toward CU, so they try and 'steal' a day of game prep.
Bob talked about how the team got a chance to see Stanford play Saturday, and Sark said it was good to see a lot of them. Said he saw all the Pac-12 games. Lot of good athletes, lot of different styles.
Bob said he talked to Erik Folk about being a fan during the bye week, and he said he enjoyed having the week off. Said he enjoyed watching the UCLA/WSU game was the best one to watch. Sark said that he loves college football, all aspects of it. That's why he's doing what he does. Love it when the games are on and he's playing catch with his kids at the same time. Was refreshing to hear the players talk about the games. He wants them to be fans, so they can pick things up during the games. Saw the unsportsmanlike penalty during the LSU game, and the players were talking about it. That means the coaches don't have to emphasize it, because the players saw it and know not to do it.
Gas talked about the rule - no one likes it - and said he can't wait to see when it's called to change a game. Sark said those are the scariest ones, because the guys that normally score TD's won't do that. It's the DT that never gets his hands on the ball that does it because it's a spontaneous reaction.
Bob said one day later you're watching the NFL, and it's happening every TD. If that was happening in college, you'd never score a TD. Sark said those are who the players watch and who they want to emulate. Happens in basketball too. It's a challenge to fight the urge to showboat. The ultimate goal is to score, but you can't celebrate too much or else it's a penalty.
Bob said it's amazing watching the games nowadays, as opposed to back in the day - it's so different. Gas added that it ties into colleges trying to keep their stadiums full. It's great to go to a game, but seeing a ton of games on TV is compelling too. Sark said there's nothing like going to a game. He went to a bunch of high school games, and you feel it even there too. The access to get to games...he watched as many as he could.
Gas asked if he got yelled at for watching too much TV, and Sark said that was their family outing, watching as much TV as they could stand.
Gas talked about when the Hawaii games would start at 10 and his wife would just sag in her chair, knowing they were going to be watching college football late. Sark said he loves those late Hawaii starts.
Gas said when they come back, they are going to ask Sark about Al Davis.
Gas brings the show back up talking about Saturdays and when watching Game Day found out about the passing of Al Davis. At the end of the day, he was a football guy through and through. Sark knew him - one year with the Raiders as their QB coach. Sark said he referred to Davis as 'coach'. Said he loved football. It wasn't about the money. It was about winning and loving the game. Had an opportunity to interview for the Oakland HC job. Sark said that on a lot of fronts, he had the greatest impact ever - in terms of hiring processes, throwing the ball, etc... Said he was a guy who always did it his way, whether you agree with it or not.
Gas asked Sark how involved Davis was in game day, and he said he never talked to Davis on game day. He wanted to know the jist of the game plan, because he cared - but he never told any coach what to do. Never sat in on meetings, except for the draft. That was his baby. He ran all those meetings.
Bob brought up George Steinbrenner, and how the two have been linked for their impact. Sark said they were held to almost iconic levels. When you saw Al Davis, you immediately thought of the Raiders. That's a powerful thought.
Bob said at the risk of seriously outdating himself, he remembers the old AFL, and how the Raiders were one of the great teams with the Broncos and Chiefs. He echoed Sark's thought about offensive innovation. Sark said it changed the way the game was played when the merger happened. The rest of the league had to adapt to what the Raiders was doing. They played without fear. Davis also resurrected a few QB careers, like Plunkett.
Gas talked about the melding of Davis and John Madden. Sark said the Raiders gave their players a little more leeway to do their jobs, on and off the field. They were a different group. They could do that, because of how important winning was. It still has an impact on our community, you see the Raiders brand everywhere, and it's coming back with Hue Jackson. Big win for them yesterday. The NFL wouldn't have been right if they didn't win the weekend Al Davis passed away.
Gas asked what Sark wore to Raiders game, and Sark said the first NFL game he ever went to was when the Seahawks won in the LA Coliseum. Curt Warner ran the ball.
Gas asked about getting interviewed by Al Davis, and Sark said there's no manual for getting ready to be interviewed by Davis. He'll go from A to Z, but he'll jump around. May disagree, but the moment you show inconsistency in how you answer, you'll get called on it.
Gas brought the show back in asking if Sark could watch the Stanford-CU game as a fan, and he said he wanted to see more of it but had to go to some high school games. Typical Stanford game - they grind on you. Too much physically for CU.
Gas asked about recruiting, and Sark said they had a great week. There is one week where the whole staff can be out on the road, and they took advantage of it. Great reception for the coaches, and it also validated their evaluations on some kids, and opened their eyes on others.
Bob asked if Sark likes bye weeks, and Sark said yes. It helps from a health standpoint, but it also allows the kids to get their feet on the ground academically.
Bob said his memory may be wrong, but coach James didn't like bye weeks, said they interfered with the flow of the season, and Sark said it can alter rhythm. When you win, you always think how it would be great to go right back out there, but they were a banged-up team and also wanted to get his young players some reps.
Bob talked about CU, and how they are going to have to go 13-straight weeks. Sark said they are having a rough go and just lost Paul Richardson too. They play tough and are a dangerous team to be sure.
Bob talked about overconfidence and the mountain analogy. He said maybe the other way to look at it is how UW handles success. Sark said it's a new challenge. What he's appreciated about the team is that they accept new challenges, and this is a new one. So far, so good. They were into it last night, ready to be back. Today's practice was energized. That's the challenge of the week. Can they focus at the task at hand? So far so good. They have enough veteran leadership that have been at the bottom of the mountain, and they don't want to slip.
Bob gave him a suggestion - put on the NYG-Seahawks game, and just watch the NYG part. Bob said the Giants were dreadful, and went into the game thinking they would just roll Seattle. Sark said a couple TO's in the red zone kept the Giants in the game. It takes a week of preparation of focus, toughness, and energized practice to get it done. You play how you practice.
Bob asked if they'd talke about the EWU game, and Sark said they bring that game up basically every week. They are at their best when they are energized and focused.
Gas brings the show back up with an update on Nick Montana. Sark said he had a great week. With Price being injured, Montana probably has gotten more reps than normal. From a conditioning standpoint, he was in great shape. He was probably the MVP of all the backups that took part in last week's practices.
Gas asked about Chris Polk. Sark said he looks great. Going into the Utah game he looked the best he had, and had the best game of the season at Utah. Now he looks even better and is poised for a great second half of the season.
Bob asked about Montana every getting a chance to play - Sark said he's doing great. Nick isn't looking at it like, what's in it for me. He knows he's an integral part of the program. Keith is playing at a high level, but Nick is going to come into a game and play at a high level because they'll need him to. The competition has been at a high level, and that's a tribute to Nuss. Nick understands that it's the ultimate team game, and he's doing everything he can to make sure he's ready to go.
Bob asked about his name being a factor, and Sark said no - Said he's got great parents, and it's not a burden for them or for him.
Bob talked about not putting Nick in the Utah game because Sark wanted the offense to finish. Sark said he was pissed at the end of the game because they took a dumb personal foul call, and they should have ended the game on offense. That being said, hopefully they are in the same position Saturday to see if he puts Nick in the game.
Bob asked how eager is Sark to see Nick in a game? Sark said they'll find out more about him when they do. As they grow, they'll find out what he does well on game day. He'll rise to the challenge. As practice goes on, his game gets better. Would imagine when the lights come on he'll play well.
Bob asked about injuries - Timu and Fellner. Sark said Kearse stepped in and did a nice job, and Justin Glenn has too. They will need all those guys, because it's a physical conference, and they'll need all of them playing at a high level going into late November to win tough ball games.
Gas brings the show back in with the Big Guy on the mic. He talked about being in the stadium, as opposed to being on TV. You see the whole play. His question was about modern game film, and what they use. Sark said they have a cam they use from the 50-yard line to see all 22 players, and they use a tighter shot from the end zone. Used to send film via FedEx, so there was a day lag, but now everything is digital and done online. Now he could be at home and watch the game from all those angles from his computer at home.
Bob asked how much technology has changed the game. Before advantages could be gained because of technology, but now everyone has it. Sark said football has always been a copy-cat sport. With the new technology, you see more film of more teams. With Al Davis, on Friday Sark would be handed top pass and run plays from the week before to see what they could incorporate into their offense. It took guys in their office a week to put those cut ups together. Now guys in their office could do that in a matter of hours.
Speaking of everyone playing the same kinds of plays and schemes, Bob talked about Aaron Rodgers. Sark asked who would you take in their prime - Favre or Rodgers? He said Favre, but also said he doesn't think Favre played more efficiently than Rodgers is right now. He's a fantastic player.
Gas asked if all the schools in the NCAA just access film from a website, and Sark said he doesn't know about every team, but all the Pac-12 teams use a website they can see the film on. Their GA's usually stay a week ahead of the process, so that by the time Monday rolls around for game week, the coaches have all the information and cut ups they need.
Bob started to talk about Andrew Luck, and Sark said he'll be talking a lot about him next week.
Gas brought the show back talking about the defense and the momentum generated from their play against Utah. Sark said they are improving. Do a blitz drill every day in practice, and today was one of the better ones they have had. The tenacity is showing. Ability to stop the run has helped. Stop the run, get after the quarterback, hit the QB and force turnovers - and they are starting to get consistent doing those things.
Gas said the DB's looked better, and Sark said they are getting their hands on balls a lot more now than before.
Bob asked Sark if CU's 1-5 record is deceiving because of their games against Cal and WSU. Sark said that they are scary. This is not a 1-5 team. They will have their hands full on Saturday. They are a physical, intense team, and UW has to be ready.
Bob talked to Keith Price, and Price said they still have a lot of growing to do, and it starts with him. Bob brought up how CU has a lot of sacks, and Sark said protection is going to be critical. Best way to do that is run the ball. If they can do that, it might calm down the multiple defenses CU wants to use.
Bob said they've been outscored 40-6 in first quarters. Sark said they always talk about finishing, but when they play really good they also start fast. If they can come out and really be energized in all three phases, it will continue the momentum they generated at Utah.
Bob talked about the series history. Jon Embree scored a TD against UW in the Freedom Bowl. NFL flavor with their coaching staff. Sark said you'll see a lot of NFL in what they do. Sark said that if you look historically at how they've done against teams like that, they bode pretty well. See how they do on Saturday.
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Steve Sarkisian Monday Quotes
Opening comments - "Well, as much as we enjoyed the bye week and getting healthy and getting our young players a lot of opportunities to perform and to play, it's great to have game week back. This is why we do what we do; to play in football games and to prepare ourselves for those ball games. It's great to be back going again. We brought the team back in last night, and I thought they were very energized, enthused, excited. All in all, we're primed for a good week of preparation, and ultimately playing a nice ball game on Saturday. In regards to Colorado, it's been pretty fascinating watching them. Got a chance to watch some TV copies of some of their games, and to me they are eerily similar to who we were a couple years ago. I think they have talent on their football team, I think they are well-coached, I think they play hard and they are trying to find a way to get over the hump and to win some of these tight ball games. You look at the Cal loss in overtime, you look at the loss to Washington State late in the game, and so...they are trying to find a way to win. But I will say I've been impressed with the way they play and the style in which they play. Coach (Jon) Embree's done a really nice job of instilling the type of team that he wants, and it's just a battle. But very similar to who we were two years ago and very impressed with the way they're approaching week-to-week and how they play."
On the health of the team - "We gave Keith (Price) essentially the entire week off, so he looks really good and back ready to go. Nate Fellner's back going again, which is good to have him back out there. Jesse Callier's healthy again, which is key to our offensive football team, the versatility that he brings and as well on special teams. The one guy that's still pretty nicked up with a high ankle sprain is Kasen Williams. We'll have to evaluate him, but I would imagine Kasen's going to be a game-time decision come Saturday as that ankle heals throughout the week. He'll be pretty limited again today. Hopefully with the rest we can get him back by Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, somewhere in there. I think it's important for Kasen to fight to get back on the field, because his comfort level playing in games has only grown from week to week to week. I think we need him offensively; obviously we need him in the return game on punt returns, so it'll be critical to get him back out there. I know he's doing everything possible to make that happen, so we'll see how that goes. But as far as the rest of our football team - excluding the guys with season-ending injuries - we look very healthy."
On specifics with Keith Price and his health - "The thing that is only really bugging him at this point now is his ankle, which he did early in the second or third drive of the game versus Utah on the sack backed up. If there's any limitations, that's the one. But as we know, ankle sprains are funny things; they don't seem like much, but they can really inhibit your ability to do some of the things you like to do. We'll watch him closely this week. He's gonna need to get some full-speed reps going here, and it'll start today to get the rhythm and the timing back in his game. But I definitely want him to continue to heal as this week moves forward so that ankle is as close to 100 percent as it can be on Saturday."
On young players that stood out during the bye week - "I thought Travis Feeney had a really nice week last week, I thought Jamaal Jones had a really nice week last week what he was able to do catching the football. I thought all the young linebackers - all of those guys - played really well; Scotty Lawyer, Matt Lyons, Nick Holt, I thought had a really nice week of work last week. I think Dexter Charles is improving on the offensive line. Those are the guys that really jump out at me the most right now."
How did Nick Montana look this past week? - "I thought he had an excellent week of work. When you are prepping game-week-wise, your reps can be somewhat limited. He's been fortunate. With Keith being kind of banged up, he's been getting more reps the last month of the season then a normal back-up would. So when the bye week came around for him this week, I thought he was in a really good rhythm of throwing the ball and commanding the offense. I thought he had an excellent week. Of all of our team, that really played, he probably had the best week of all of them."
On if the similarities between CU and UW three years ago have a lot to do with youth and depth? - "I think so. What we went through, you're changing the culture, you've got a mixture of guys from an older staff that moved on to your influx of young players. I think they've played already 13 freshmen this year. So you are trying to bring the team together and play with a mindset and the beliefs you have as a coach. A lot of young guys running around making some plays, making some mistakes, very similar."
On the point when Sark felt the UW program turned a corner - "I'm not sure if we've turned the corner quite honestly. You don't know exactly where to pinpoint one thing in there. I do know we were fortunate in that year to kind of get a win to reinforce some of the beliefs we were trying to teach. Obviously beating SC here in that third game of the year was helpful for our locker room and our team meeting room in the belief we were trying to instill. It's an ongoing challenge - how your team plays. We've had moments where we really play the way we want to be playing and the style with which we want to play. And there are moments when we don't, which we touched on from earlier in this year. That's the battle from week to week. But I think we've found much more consistency in our style of play, of who we are. And I think that's one of the tough things when you are getting started – is consistently doing things the way you want them done, week to week, game to game, play to play, series to series, to where you become a consistent football team. That was one of our goals coming into this season. So I didn't think even after year two we had gotten to that point because of some of our ups and downs. I didn't think we opened the year the way we needed to against Eastern. But I think the last couple of weeks, we are really playing the way we want to be playing. I think the consistency is big factor in that."
On if he'll have to remind his players about the 2009 USC game as a way to guard against overconfidence - "I just don't think we are at a stage as a football team that to be overconfident at all. We use the analogy quite a bit here. If we are mountain climbers and we are climbing Rainier here, we are pretty inexperienced climbers right now. I don't think we are at a point where we can really look down to see what we've accomplished yet. And I don't think we are at a point to where we can look up to see how much further we have to go. We have to focus on our very next step. We just don't have enough experience on the mountain right now to be focusing on feeling too good about ourselves. Because one false step and we could slide right back down."
On worrying about rankings - "I think that stuff takes care of itself. It's obviously a perception of who we are. It doesn't necessarily means that's who you are. I think we are a little bit better than where we are ranked, but perception is what it is. If we want to be in the Top 25, we need to get our perception changed of who we are. To do that, you have to go out and play. And you have to play in a style and a manner that is impressive. We haven't been impressive enough in perception's eyes."
So you think are better than where you are ranked? - "Umm, I don't know. I don't know those other teams. And I don't have a vote. If I were voting, maybe. I haven't spent enough time."
Well where would you vote yourself? - "I don't have a vote so I don't have to answer it."
Is Rodney Stewart the best player on their team? - "I'll tell you where, he is an excellent football player and they are one of the best screen teams we have seen now in three years of preparing for opponents and part of that is his stature --- he can get caught in there and stuck in there behind offensive lineman and next thing you know they dip the ball out to him and he makes one cut and they are huge plays and it happened again last week against Stanford I think he had over a 70-yard completion on a screen, so his stature pays off for him mostly in the screen game because you can't, you don't see him very well and then boom, he's out, and they do a great job of coaching the screen game, so it will be a huge point of emphasis for us this week without a doubt.
On if he is similar to Jacquizz Rodgers? - "Oh yeah, their running style, their quickness. I think they are both quicker maybe than they are fast, their ability to get to top speed in a hurry and to make full-speed cuts, I would say that is a good comparison.''
Colorado has gotten a lot of sacks - "They play aggressive defense. I think where it shows up the most is in third-and-long. They've got a lot of exotic pressures that there's a real NFL influence to their defense with what they do on third-down situations, but they are aggressive on first and second down as well --- a lot of five-man pressures. And they do a good job of getting after the quarterback. They rush with a purpose, that's for sure, when there guys are coming.''
Did you watch the Stanford game? "Yes I did. For the most part I did. I had to leave early.''
Do you watch the game differently as a fan than as a coach? "Yeah, definitely. I try my best to be a fan when I get a chance to be a fan. I love this game. I love college football. I do what I do because of my love for the game growing up from a kid to adolescent to a young grownup. I love the emotions of college football, I love the pageantry of college football, I love the gameday, I love the crowd. I love the camera angles. I think this is the best sport in the world to be a part of so when I get my chances on a Thursday night after we get out of here for work, or on a Friday night at the hotel or on Saturday mornings or on our bye week, I try to really watch it as a fan and just appreciate the game, appreciate the great players that you get to see and then when I come back to work now I'm studying schemes and personnel and those types of things.''
Is the perception of UW changing among recruits? - "I think people are definitely aware of the Huskies right now. We've had some opportunities to be on television and have performed pretty well so I think people know about the Huskies and where we started and what we look like now so it's been effective for us in recruiting, definitely in-state with a lot of our in-state kids but also out of state as we reach out there and try to find some kids out of our region..''
On the offensive line - "Yeah, again, to me an offensive line is similar to a lot of parts of a football team --- they are a constant work in progress. They are constantly evolving and as we evolve as a team they evolve, they change and I just don't think we can be complacent where we are at as an offensive line. We have to continue to improve on a lot of fronts. One of my concerns coming out of the bye week is the number of sacks we have taken. Part of that is on the quarterback and part of that is on the O-line, there are some things there, so there are always areas that we are going to focus in on each group and there are things there with the O-line we have to focus on.''
On the continuity of the OL and using the same five starters - "I think that's helped. But I also think, I thought, that it was good to get Micah (Hatchie) playing for us on a critical drive. It's good to know you can put another guy in there if needed, and he can play good football for you."
On thinking about recruiting Paul Richardson when he left UCLA - "No, I didn't. And nothing against Paul. The only reason that the Josh thing came up is because of our prior relationship in recruiting. I know Josh as a person. I knew his family. I had a lot more information there. In such a short amount of time, you go with where you have the most information that you feel the best about."
On watching games this weekend and forming some other thoughts about the new conference - "I know the North is pretty tough right now (laughs). They show those standings up there and, goll-y. And I know that there's some really good players in this conference. You watch these games -- I go back, I record these games, too, when we have a bye, and I'm able to watch some games that I wasn't able to watch in weeks past. Really explosive conference. This guys are very well coached and put in the positions to make big plays. And they do. This is an exciting conference so far. We've just got going in conference play, but there's talented guys getting into positions to make plays. And they are making them."
Do the players have the same mindset about the mountain and having something to prove? - "I think our guys are just lovin' playing ball. They love it. There were as jubilant and an excited last night, on a Sunday night, to come to work as I've seen our guys in 2 1/2 years. I think they appreciate the opportunities. I think they feel good. And, again, we only get 13 of these opportunities every year. For all the time the effort and blood and sweat and tears we put in to prepare for these moments, we only get 13 of them. And so I think we learned our lesson earlier in the year of not coming out and playing our brand, our style of football. So now I don't envision us coming out and taking a step back in that manner. That doesn't always mean you are going to play well or execute well. But I do think we'll prepare very well, we'll be enthused and we will play hard."
Any thoughts on Al Davis' passing? "Yeah. When I got the news of that yesterday morning, pretty ... you take a step back. I've had some experiences with Mr. Davis, whether it be spending a near with him under Norv Turner, or going through the interview process to be a head coach there with him a few years back. A very unique man. A lot of people have had impact or influence on football over the past 50 years, but I don't think any one single man has had more of an impact on our game that we play today than Al Davis. On a lot of different fronts. The style of play. The ability to throw the ball down field when nobody was doing that. The way he recruited or drafted the athletes, that now we are seeing -- everybody's playing with the speed factor of the game. Obviously, the merger. Very thankful for everything he did. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
Tell us about the interview with Al Davis - "The most unique experience of my life. There is no manual to get ready for an interview with Al Davis. You cover everything from A to Z in an interview, but you never go A to Z. It might go Q then K then A then X then L. It's all over the place. And I think that's what makes him unique. I think he's got a unique way of seeing who you are as a person. And I really appreciated that interview. Because I found out a lot about myself and what was important. But also, you prepare even harder, for whatever reason. You knew you were going to sit in front of Al Davis for six, eight hours, however long that would be. Not to demean anyone else, but it was Al Davis. And so you wanted to put your best foot forward. And I appreciated just his presence and him allowing me to do that."
Did you do any X's and O's on the dry-erase board? - "I don't know, hours. Hours."
Most difficult question? - "What would be the pregame meal? Quite honestly. And that was one of the first ones.
Were you prepared for that one? - "No, but I came up with a pretty good answer. Chicken Parm."
Do you have to do any soul-searching when considering working for Al Davis? - "Sure. Sure. Being a head coach in the National Football League, there's only 32 of them in the world. In a lot of ways, that's the pinnacle of our profession. So when you have to make those tough decisions, you have to look at them all individually and take the face off of it, and take the jerseys off of it. I'm a born and raised Los Angeles kid. I watched the Oakland Raiders my whole childhood, what was the Los Angeles Raiders and is now the Oakland Raiders. Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson and Jay Schroeder, all those great players that had been there. Lester Hayes. I could go on and on. Ted Hendricks, Lyle Alzado, Howie Long. Those were the guys. So when the opportunity came, I had to try to remove the emotion of I-get-to-go-coach-the-Oakland-Raiders and is this the best thing for my family? For myself, for my family and for our careers as we move forward? And I just didn't feel like it was the right time to be taking that job.
Did you call Pete Carroll yesterday? - "I texted him, yeah. Pretty cool game. It was fun. I watched it, like a fan. I was screaming; ask our coaches."
So you're saying you were offered the Oakland Raiders job? - "I was offered the job. Yep."
John Timu will be back this week, how do you plan on working in him and Jamaal Kearse? - "That's a great problem to have. I've said this for years now, in this conference you have to have depth if you want to be successful over an extended period of time. We're seeing the value of the depth that we have. Doing the depth chart this morning for you guys, I think on the defensive side of the ball we have five 'ors.' That's a really good problem to have. We're starting to develop the depth that's needed in this conference that when a guy gets banged up another guy can step in and play. we'll have a plan in place for this weekend at all these different position groupings, whether it's Princeton and Garret or Nate and Justin, or Johnny and Jamaal or Sione or Semisi or Quinton and Greg, we'll give them opportunities to play and keep us a fresh football team, but also give them their chances to go play football. THey've earned it."
How much could you see rotating those guys? - "Definitely, it's going to happen."
On Kasen's ankle and where it really affects him - "I think it's running routes, those sharp cuts coming in and out of breaks, the punt return thing is a little easier, it's get to the spot, catch it and then it's a vertical run. I think where it effects him most is on the types of routes where you're running a comeback or a curl route where you have to plant and come back to the quarterback. That's where it's the most effect on him."
Everrette Thompson at defensive end - "Yeah, I really like Everrette out there. There are going to be games where we use Everrette more inside but right now I like where he's at playing end."
On being able to score more than 30 points every game this year - "I thought we would be pretty good on offense. I felt like we had the depth on offense which we're seeing at the receiver spot and the skill positions. You know, some questions there about the quarterback and the o-line but I thought we would be pretty good and so far, so good."
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Keith Price Monday Quotes
On how he's feeling health wise:
"This is the best I've felt all season, so it's going to be fun this week."
On the ankle – would he have been questionable if the team had a game last week:
"I'm not sure. I would have probably treated it a little bit better if we had a game last week. I was kind of taking a week off and getting my treatment done, so I don't know."
On how his game will change when he's totally healthy:
"Oh I'm not sure, we'll have to see. [Laughs]"
Will he be able to run around more?
"Oh yeah, I'll be able to run around a lot more."
On getting a chance to see Colorado over the weekend:
"Oh yeah, they're a good team; we're not getting fooled off their record. They good players on that team, so we're not taking anything for granted."
On the team needing to be reminded not to overlook Colorado:
"Oh no, we're not where we need to be yet, you know, and we have a pretty good team but we know that we could be a lot better and I think that we still have a lot of growing to do."
On the key to picking up Colorado's exotic blitzes:
"I just gotta make sure that I communicate with them and they communicate with me and we'll be alright."
On getting a chance to reflect on the season during the bye week:
"I think we still have a lot of growing to do. Just to be even more explosive on offense. We left a lot of points out there the past couple of weeks so hopefully we can fix that and be better."
On specific improvements things he can point to:
"Me. Just limiting my mistakes and turnovers. We just can't have it."
On taking credit for the sacks the team has given up this year:
"Yeah, yeah, holding the ball too long. Again, trying to make things happen that's not there. I just have to learn to burn it."
On the fine line between holding onto the ball too long and trying to make plays:
"I'm not going to change the way I play, but I'm going to be more conscious of throwing the ball away, especially in the second half of the season. Just throw the ball away and live to fight another down."
On if he's ever going to be satisfied:
On feeling like the offense has, in general, taken pretty good care of the ball:
"I think so. I think all the turnovers have been on me so far, so if I can limit that, I think that we have a shot."
On limiting turnovers being a part of the team's success so far:
"Oh yea, definitely. And we've been winning the turnover battle and Coach Sark always harps on that. You win the turnover battle, you win that game, and that's what we've been doing."
On being excited to get back out and practice:
"Oh man, I'm excited and I can't wait to get out there today."
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Erik Folk Monday Quotes
On if he can watch a game w/o analyzing it: "Yeah if it's a team I'm rooting for I don't worry too much about it and just have fun and enjoy watching it. It gives me a chance to forget about everything."
On if the win at Utah made him hungry for a game the following week: "Yeah it did. I wished I was out there playing while I was watching the games but at the same time our team needs time to rest and recover from coming off camp and the first five 5 weeks and it gives us a chance to get healthy."
On his self-evaluation: "The one I missed against Cal, that 52 yarder I could have hit it a lot better, it wasn't the best that I've ever had, but other than that I think I've been kicking the ball pretty well. Kickoffs are getting deeper and field goals have been pretty much right down the middle, so I'm happy with that."
On if he has a game-winning 61 yarder in him: "Yeah I think I do. I haven't tried in a while because I don't really focus on kicking that long of ones too much, but if it comes down to it I think I could do it."
On if the USC kicks are still the highlights for him: "Yeah, oh yeah, those were awesome."
On what he does during the bye week: "I just lay around and watch football and stay off my feet as much as possible, give the legs a chance to recover."
On how much he discusses kicking with brother Nick who plays for the Jets: "Whenever I'm having a problem I'll ask him. Generally when we talk it's just kind of how you kicking? Then we just kind of leave it at that."
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UW Weekly Depth Chart Released
Washington's Depth Chart vs. Colorado
WR - Jermaine Kearse 6-2 208, Sr., Lakewood, Wash./Lakes
Kasen Williams 6-2 212, Fr., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline
LT - Senio Kelemete 6-4 301, Sr., Seattle, Wash./Evergreen
Micah Hatchie 6-5 285, RFr., Haleiwa, Hawai'i/Waialua
LG - Colin Tanigawa 6-3 297, RFr., Pasadena, Calif./Loyola
Nick Wood 6-3 303, Sr., Poway, Calif./Poway
Center - Drew Schaefer 6-4 301, Jr., Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake
Mike Criste 6-5 280, RFr., Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo
RG - Colin Porter 6-4 322, So., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
Skyler Fancher 6-6 301, Sr., Costa Mesa, Calif./Huntington Beach OR
James Atoe 6-6 337, RFr, The Dalles, Ore./The Dalles-Wahtonka
RT - Erik Kohler 6-5 298, So., Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian
Ben Riva 6-6 300, RFr., Seattle, Wash./O'Dea
TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6-6 258, Fr., Fox Island, Wash./Gig Harbor OR
Michael Hartvigson 6-6 254, RFr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
Evan Hudson 6-6 260, RFr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
QB - Keith Price 6-1 195, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco
Nick Montana 6-3 203, RFr., Thousand Oaks, Calif./Oaks Christian
Derrick Brown 6-3 236, Fr., Winchester, Calif./Vista Murrieta
FB - Jonathan Amosa 5-11 230, Jr., Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach
Tim Tucker 6-1 240, So., Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne
TB - Chris Polk 5-11 222, Jr., Redlands, Calif./East Valley
Jesse Callier 5-10 200, So., Downey, Calif./Warren
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
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
Sione Potoae 6-2 276, So., Fort Lewis, Wash./Lakes OR
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 OR
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 OR
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
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