Spring Cleaning - Steve Sarkisian

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. - Steve Sarkisian and the Washington staff were on hand Friday night at Mercer Island High School as part of the annual Northwest Elite Football Camp. Sarkisian took time out to speak with Dawgman.com about a few topics to help clean up some post-spring questions about the mechanics of fall practice, as well as the health of the team.

The benefit of having camps like the Northwest Elite Football Camp - "I think at the end of the day, it's a great opportunity for the kids - one. There's better quality football in the Northwest than people might give it credit for. For these kids, to have an opportunity where they don't have to get on and airplane and travel a thousand milee…where 17 schools can come and work with the kids and get that kind of exposure. For the coaches, it's an opportunity to work with the kids. So at the end of the day, it's great for us but it's even better for the kids."

On if there is a law of diminishing returns in dealing with so many players at the camp and only being able to coach them up so much - "You've got to be prepared and you have to know what you're doing. You have to trust your coaches and their ability to work with the kids and understand what they're doing."

On the health of the team post-spring - "We look good so far. We're going to have a few guys right up to the start of training camp, but so far, so good - which is encouraging."

On if anyone has been ruled out already for fall - "Cooper Pelluer (shoulder) is the only one."

On Deontae Cooper's recovery - "He looks pretty good so far."

On moving fall practices to the morning, as they did in the spring - "We're going to stay in the morning for sure. We looked at it from a lot of different angles. One, we looked at it one from the coaching staff, and two from the players' perspective, not only as an athlete but also as a student and what that would mean. And ultimately competitively how we would be come Game Day. And everything pointed to it being a quality experience. As coaches we loved it. Every football player I met with said they loved it. And you look at the prep time pre-week from Sunday to Tuesday morning and post-week from Thursday until kickoff on Saturday - there's a lot of advantages to it."

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