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SEATTLE - spoke with Keith Price, Jesse Callier, Bishop Sankey, Justin Glenn, Sean Parker, Desmond Trufant and Kasen Williams Monday as the Washington Huskies prepare to take on the San Diego State Aztecs Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in their 2012 home opener.

Keith Price:
On his relationship with Leon McFadden - "I always thought Leon was a great player. He's one of my closest buddies, I still talk to him often. But it's a challenge this week. They have a really good defense and it's going to fun to line up against him again."

On if he's talked with Leon recently? - "Oh no. We haven't spoken. We understand the task that's in front of us, but we'll be buddies after the game. But right I'm preparing for them and he's preparing for us and we're trying to beat each other."

On SDSU's defense - "They like to mix around their fronts. They are pretty set on the back end in the secondary, but they play with a lot of aggression and try to mix you up with different fronts and over looks and under looks and odd looks and stick looks…that's the main thing.

On if they are like anyone he's faced before - "No. This is the first time going against a 3-3-5 defense, so it's going to be fun."

On if that means he's got to change his protection calls - "In a way. We just have to stick to our rules. If we stick to our rules we'll be fine and we'll be able to protect anything they throw at us."

On it being game week and taking hits - "Get rid of the ball. You've seen me get chewed up pretty bad a couple of practices this fall. I understand I need to stay healthy this season and I'm doing my best, but of course when you get out there and you just want to make plays and run around, so…"

On what to say to the true frosh when it's game time - "It's just like practice. Just go out there and do what you've been doing and do what got you here. I keep telling them that if you don't understand something just come to me. All season it looks like I'll be holding tutoring sessions all week."

On if it felt like practice when he started at Oregon - "It definitely felt a little bit faster than in practice. Obviously you can't simulate game speed, but once they get hit and banged around a couple of times they'll wake up."

On goals this season - "Obviously we're trying to win the Pac-12, that's our goal. Obviously we have to earn respect and we have to win games."

On what's different about the defense this year - "They enjoy playing with each other. I don't see a lot of bickering amongst each other and it just feels like they are having fun all over again."

On the speed of the defense - "Oh yeah. They are real fast. Shaq Thompson, Desmond Trufant, the secondary…these guys can run, and I think the speed, our defensive speed is a lot faster than last year."

On Shaq Thompson - "Man, there's a lot of things that I haven't seen with a guy that big that can move the way he does and the ball skills that he presents. He's definitely a tremendous talent and a great attribute to our defense."

On practice feeling different today - "Oh yeah. There was a sense of urgency. Guys were moving and guys were excited. We're just excited that we don't have to bang up on each other anymore. We can get ready for an opponent."

On a difference in the defensive attitude - "I see a different type of swagger. They are talking trash to us every day and we're competing against them every day. Of course we think we're better than they are and they think they are better than us - but I think that's great. I think competition brings out the best in us."

On CenturyLink - "It's loud just like Husky Stadium, but it's just another game."

On being more comfortable with Sark's play calling - "I feel like Coach Sark can just about throw just about anything at me. I'm prepared, and if I don't get it the first time I'm going to make sure I get it. I'm going to keep preparing and I'm going to make sure our receivers and our offensive line are up to speed on what we're doing as well. I think we have a very smart group offensively and we understand the schemes."

On issues with mechanics with the mock game - "The mock game was all the install that we had in camp, just thrown into one. So now we have game plan stuff, so now we know specific looks and specific plays that we're going to run for the game, so it's easier to narrow your focus down to just those plays."

On how his familiarity with Sark will help in this opener - "I'm not sure. I just know that we have to play better. It's not so much about opening up the playbook or whatever people want to say - it's just about executing our game plan. That's the main thing. If we do our job we have a pretty good chance of winning."

On the schedule and staying focused - "We're worried about San Diego State. We'll take care of week two, week three, week four later on."

Desmond Trufant:
On the defense : "I see speed. Not just pure speed, just knowing what's gonna come. Our knowledge of our playbook and what SDSU is gonna do, we are gonna look pretty fast our there."

On Justin Wilcox's defense: "It's different. You're gonna see a lot of different shifts. At the end of the day we have to go and produce on the field."

On seeing Ryan Katz before: "It's good. I've played a couple games against him. He's a good QB. Strong arm and accurate. He can move as well too. We just gotta keep the pressure on and make the plays."

On Tre Watson: "Tre had a great camp. I'm proud of him for what he's done. He came in as a walk on and then the next year he's starting. So I'm very proud of what he's done. He deserves the starting spot."

On his swagger level: "That's how I want it to be perceived. That I have confidence and that I believe in what the coach is doing. I think the whole defense is like that this year. Hopefully we can make improvements."

Justin Glenn:
On the season opener: "The anticipation has been building. We've been here before and we just gotta execute our game plan and get ready throughout the whole week."

On CenturyLink Field: "It's a great atmosphere. It's a privilege and we are just gonna embrace it and we know what our fans are gonna bring to the table. The atmosphere is just electric in there and you feel the energy coming and it makes you just wanna go. The turf is fine. It's just a football field. It's a little different not seeing all of the fans walking to the game."

On Tre Watson: "Everyone has their own story and his hasn't been the easiest. He's a smaller guy who's always had a big man's mentality and it's paying off. He's a playmaker."
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