Dawg Blog - Portland State

SEATTLE - After Saturday's sobering reality check in Baton Rouge, the Washington Huskies (1-1) come back home looking to bounce back in a big way. And they hope to do that at the expense of the Portland State Vikings (1-1). The Dawg Blog is where you'll find all the news, notes and quotes leading up to the PSU-UW game, which is scheduled for a 1 pm start at CenturyLink Field.

10:44 am

Steve Sarkisian Pac-12 Coaches Teleconference Notes

USC best chance to unseat SEC? - Don't know that. Have to ask that in a month or so after we play them.

On scheduling FCS teams…what's the thought behind doing it? - When you schedule FCS schools, the parity is starting to become more relevant. With scholarship numbers declining, FCS schools getting better. We've tried to identify teams in our region - played EWU this year and PSU this year and have Idaho State and Montana down the road. Every game counts, and if you don't play well you get beat. Saw it last weekend…started with App State beating Michigan. If you aren't playing well doesn't matter who you play - you'll get beat.

On advantage for guys under 40 in recruiting - Have to look at programs they are at and the story they get to sell to recruits. In recruiting, it's 365 days a year, 24/7 with social media. You're on call at all times, so that's a factor. But generally the top recruiting programs are the ones with the best product to sell.

On seeing other Pac-12 teams beat top-25 teams and how that helps perception going forward - It's great to get those wins. At the end of it those games add it and as you move forward into bowl season you get graded again as to how you did. Constantly fighting to get the respect we feel we deserve. It's a great conference and as long as we continue to win those games we'll benefit.

Has that hurt them in the past? - Don't know all the facts, so it's had to say. But in the past we weren't at the forefront of the big TV deals, and when you're not on TV you're not going to be talked about. Now with our TV deal we'll be talked about more and if we do our part we'll start to generate that respect.
7:00 pm

Portland State's Depth Chart for UW Announced

If you want to see Portland State's announced depth chart for Saturday's game at UW, click on the link below.

Portland State's Depth Chart versus UW
6:26 pm

Steve Sarkisian Complete Monday Press Conference - Video

To view Steve Sarkisian's 30-minute Monday Press Conference, click on the link below.

Steve Sarkisian Complete Monday Press Conference Video
6:25 pm

Tre Watson, Kevin Smith Monday Video Interviews

You can watch interviews with UW CB Tre Watson and WR Kevin Smith by clicking on the link below.

Tre Watson and Kevin Smith Video Interviews

6:12 pm

Steve Sarkisian Complete Coach's Show Notes

Opening Comments - "I think now that Monday has rolled around its been almost 48 hours since the ball game I think we can echo some of the same thoughts we had Saturday night in that I thought our effort was good in the ball game ill start with the game first as we did with the team I thought out effort was good I thought there was a lot of want to on our football team. I thought they battled and competed for four quarters unfortunately our execution wasn't very good. Anytime you play a team of that caliber especially on the road it's difficult to overcome thirteen penalties eleven of which they accepted. It's difficult to overcome when you have some blown assignments because they when you blow an assignment they exploit it. We saw it on both sides of the ball we blew two protections they sacked our quarterback. We blew three coverages they had three big completions one of which was for a touchdown. So the mistakes become magnified against a team of that caliber. I take full responsibility for that we have to clean those things up.

"We have to become a disciplined football team a smart football team and one that plays the cards or plays the hand or plays the call from the sideline that they're dealt and can go out an execute those things at a high level and still play with the tremendous effort and want to that our kids possess. So we have our work cut out for us. We have some adversity that we're going to have to deal with. Whether it be getting up off the mat after a tough loss like this or dealing with some injuries that we've been faced with. But I believe we'll do that. I believe we've got the character in our locker room and on our coaching staff to do that. From all indications what I saw today getting back on the practice field we've got the leadership in place that has our guys moving in the right direction to do those things. But this week is totally about us and that's to take nothing away from Nigel [Burton] and Portland State. For our program to get back on track we have to focus on ourselves right now.

"This is kind of like the healing process. We have to rectify some things schematically on the offensive side of the ball so that we can become the type of offense that I think we're capable of being. We have to continually find the moments of when maybe we lack the effort on the defensive side of the ball. There were some very few of them but when there was some there it was glaring. We have to continually play together on the defensive side of the ball. We can play hard for six, seven, eight, nine, ten plays but one mistake on that side of the ball against good teams is glaring. So we've got things that need to be fixed and we touched week one not condoning in victory what you wouldn't in defeat. Well that's even more so now in defeat. There's things that we have to get fixed and will get fixed. I don't doubt that amongst our coaching staff, I don't doubt that amongst the leaders on our team. The character the want to in our locker room but for us to get better we have to get better we have to improve and that's the task at hand."

Erik Kohler's status - "He had an MRI this morning to find out if it was anything worse than what it was. I do know the knee was really swollen yesterday. Part of that think could be due to the long flight coming back. I would think he's a long shot to play Saturday. I do know we have a bye coming out of this weekends game Saturday. So hopefully it's not long term, we don't think it is but we'll have to see. Jaydon's turf toe was limited today, Kevin Smith didn't do much today with his knee. Neither of which we think are long term but it held them out today. Feeney had an MRI on his shoulder so we'll find out more there with him on where he's at as well."

On having to move the offensive line around and whether Drew Schaefer could see time at LT - "I'd like to keep him inside. Micah - it's unfortunate that twice he doesn't get out of his stance in the game. Once was a miscommunication coming fro the inside out with drew getting back to him and the other is a miscommunication of what the cadence. But outside of that, Micah played a pretty good game against two premiere defensive ends. Sam Montgomery really came to play after not playing much the first week. The sack he gets is the one where he's unblocked. We don't even get out of our stance. But I thought when Micah set him, Micah played pretty well and actually did some decent things in the run game. WE have to continually work with on his hands placement and getting his hands inside. Sometimes his tendency is to get his hands outside of the frame of the man. Against good defensive ends, when their hands are inside, it's hard to keep blocks sustain. But he showed some bright sides against probably two of the better defensive ends he's going to see all year."

On trying to find an offensive identity and whether that's a chicken-egg situation. Is it on the play calls or the execution? - "It's on me. I just try to take pride in creating rhythm in our offense and creating rhythm for the quarterback, for the receivers and the backs, and finding that nice balance and mix to what we do and keeping teams off balance. So back to the drawing board that way on what the plan will be for this Saturday and then as we move forward and identifying the guys and how they respond to different plays. We had an opportunity there early in the game. I know I talked about this Saturday night – to really take control of the game when we got the turnover and to punch the ball into the endzone and we weren't able to do that. Hindsight is 20-20, you know, maybe we should have thrown something to Austin or Kasen there early in the game to guys in that environment who've been in that environment a little bit more. We liked the calls we had on second and third down, it just didn't work out our way."

On the run game and what needs to improve - "I think it's a combination of a lot things. I think week one we saw a pretty unorthodox defense with some new faces on the offensive line and lost a back who was probably going to get half of those carries early in the ball game. You go into week two with some changes up front and you go against arguably the best run defense in America, we had a tough time. I think there were more yards for us that we just didn't capitalize on. And so now, we go into week three again another change up front on the offensive line and so we'll have to – what I think we've already talked about as a staff – what are we hanging our hat on this week so the O-line can play with continuity, they can come off the ball with confidence, aggression and the backs can understand the blocking schemes really well and run the ball violently but with a purpose to extend to the runs rather than just what they are blocked for. And that's what good backs do. You block runs for 4, 8, 10 yards and good ones turn them into gains for 20 and 30 and 40. I think we have the backs capable of doing that. But we have to make sure they understand the schemes and how things are going to get blocked so that they can understand where those blocks are coming from to get ready make cuts to create those bigger plays. That's got to be our focus and purpose this week."

Does playing at LSU make you want to reconsider the 'A' part of UW's 'ABC' scheduling philosophy? - "It makes me want to puke, quite honestly. You know, that's just how I've felt for 48 hours because we are better than that. And that's the part that is so frustrating because we are a good football team and I know we probably haven't played to our capabilities here the first two weeks of the season and that's why the goal for Saturday night is to walk out off CenturyLink Field feeling good about ourselves as the pre-season comes to an end as we get ready to go into the regular season of Pac-12 play. I don't like the feeling I've had here for the last couple of weeks and I won't like it this entire week until we go out and put a product on the field that we all can be proud of and we haven't been able to do that for two weeks.''

On Price being aware that he's focusing more on the line instead of downfield - "I think first when you do that at quarterback it can make it hard to play the position and Keith is a very bright young man and for him to recognize it and admit it takes a pretty big guy to do those types of things. We'll do some types of things from a protection standpoint where he won't have to be as concerned about what's going on up front. And I think that I talked to Keith about this earlier today, he has dealt with adversity before, obviously last year with injuries and things that he had to deal with. All of that adversity was from within so he was focused on himself and ultimately played at a really high level. Right now he's got some adversity that's going on around him and I think he is trying to fix that adversity rather than focusing on himself. So we've got to get him to shift his attention to Keith Price, No. 17 and what do I need to do all week to get ready to play at a high level on Saturday and allow myself and the other guys to fix the things that are going on around him and I think he understands that. He ironically had one of his most spirited, energized practices today and it was a Monday and normally on Monday he is pretty light. But he was into it and he was fired up, so hopefully that message hit him.''

On Price maybe trying to do too much - "I think so. That's all part of it. And there's a fine line in there. He wants to do so well for his team and he wants his team to do so well that he just wants to help in any way that I can, where some of that is out of his realm of responsibility. And he can't control if the left tackle doesn't get out of his stance and he can't control if the running back doesn't understand what protection we are in and doesn't block a blitzer off the back edge. He can't control that stuff. He's got to control the things that he can control, and by doing so he'll perform at a higher level.''

On working to cut down penalties and miscommunications - "Well we do quite a bit and we spend a great deal of time on it. I was disappointed in some of the penalties we had Saturday night because I don't think they are indicative of the kind of team that we are. We punch a guy late after a kickoff return. We block a guy in the back on a punt return. We hit the quarterback in the helmet after an incomplete pass. We took I think two or three delay of games. We had a false start. Those are the things I don't think are indicative of who we are. We've been generally pretty good in that area of things that we do and so we will address them even more so this week to make sure that we can shore that stuff up.''

On if Thomas Tutogi will play more Saturday - "Yeah I thought Thomas did a really nice job. I thought he wasn't perfect, but that's okay. He played physical, he was able to hold the point for us on some of the inside runs. I think at times versus some of those power looks we were getting it took a little of the pressure off of John Timu and let him play some outside linebacker stuff. I think there was a positive coming out of that as we move forward and down the road there are some of those power teams coming down our way that we have that versatility to let Thomas play in the middle and maybe move Johnny back to outside backer to get us a little stronger internally and still be stout on the edges.''

On why did Justin Glenn stay out there? Was Shamburger hurt? - "Yeah, Shammy was hurt. His helmet came off and cut his eye pretty severely. I don't know if you guys have seen it yet but his eye is swollen shut today and he's got I think 14 stitches or something in his eyelid, so that's why Justin was in there the second half.''

On if Shamburger will play Saturday - "It's all going to depend on the swelling. The doctors have assured us when the swelling goes down and the vision isn't impaired by the swelling it's all good to go so it will be on how his body responds.''

On looking at the 2009 LSU game and wondering if the talent level at UW has plateaued - "I think we have a talented team. I think that they are a talented football team obviously. I feel like we probably haven't played to our capabilities yet and we probably didn't take advantage of some of the opportunities that we had in that game that maybe could have changed the momentum. If you remember back to the first year, that first game, we are in a third-and-long situation the first drive and we throw a screen pass to Johri Fogerson that's about a 60 or so odd yard gain play and then we hit James Johnson for touchdown the first time in the red zone that I thought really energized our crowd and got our crowd really into the game an probably gave our football team a sense of we belong and maybe put a little bit of doubt into their football team. And Saturday night I felt like we had the same opportunity to do so with the turnover o nthe opening kickoff. And in turn by not scoring there and settling for a field goal that that maybe energized their crowd and maybe empowered their defense to get a three-and-out there and maybe put an inkling and doubt in our guys that maybe this is going to be a little harder task than maybe we thought it could be. So those opening drives and series of games can have a real effect on the psyche of both teams good and bad and I thought maybe that had a piece of it Saturday night.''

On bringing this program up to the level of USC or others - "You know what, I will never give you an excuse of why we didn't play well. It's obviously pretty clear we've dealt with some pretty significant injuries on our roster. That being said, when I look at our starting 22, I like those guys when we go take the field. And we are more than capable of going to win big football games. And I think we'll see that as the season goes on."

On this being the most adversity since you first got here - "Probably. Probably. I was kind of talking to some of our training staff and saying, 'Something good is coming around the corner. Some of these guys are going to be coming back.' And that's how I always see things. This is the hand we've been dealt. Sooner or later we are going to get a good hand. We've just got to play it well when we get it dealt. In the meantime, we've just got to keep scratching and pushing and clawing and doing things right. Like I touched on earlier, that's probably the part that is the most disappointing is, we haven't done the little things right that combat the larger issues we are dealing with right now, and in turn they have kind of magnified some of our larger issues. We've got to get those things fixed this week. That's why this week is totally about us, and our ability to play the best brand of football and put the best product on the field that we can, regardless of who are opponent is, whether it's this week or probably for the next few weeks to come, it's about getting our selves right and getting to where we do the things that we do best and see if that's good enough to win."

On Fellner and Kearse and when they are expected back - "Fellner, I know, is starting to get to run on the treadmill this week, which is encouraging.So he's able to put weight on his foot. Jamaal Kearse is about in the same boat when it comes to that. I know that Riva and James Johnson are probably a few week out. I know when you break bones -- and in James' case, there's some ligaments there -- bones, it takes that long to heal. It's four to six weeks, you know. That's proven the test of time. In time, we will start to get some guys back. In the meantime, sure it would be nice to not lose anybody else. But again, that's the game of football. You've got to be prepared to do with it."

How have the guys handled it? - "Well, we didn't just forget about this game. I think that would be the wrong thing to do. We needed to look at this game and address some of the things we did well -- because there were some good things in there, it wasn't all bad. We needed to address that there were some opportunities there that we didn't take advantage of. And we needed to address some things in there that were bad, because there was some of that in there, as well. We needed to get to the truth and the understanding of all of that so, again, when we walked out of that team meeting room today we were all on the same page as far as what needed to be fixed and worked on and needed to be addressed for us to move forward."

How far away is LSU from UW? - "I don't know. That one was hard to tell. I do know this. I don't know how far away or not. I do know this: that there's a sense of pride in our locker room. There's a good amount, if not a great deal of frustration with how that ball game went, because of the standard that we set and that they set for what's acceptable and for the way that we should be playing. And for that not to occur, and for those players to feel the way they felt, and the way they feel today, is a good sign to me. So I know we've got a willing group that is ready to go to work and wants to put on a great performance for a tremendous fan base Saturday afternoon, when we get to play again."

How long will it take for the offense to find itself – "Well, hopefully about six days. We'll find it. I've been doing this too long and believe in our system too much for us not to find it. We'll find it. It's a great challenge for us. We're in a unique situation for us schematically, it's a great challenge for us emotionally, and it's a great challenge for our players to understand what those things are that we need to do, and to do well, to set our identity, and to do things off of that identity to create some big plays. We'll get it done."

What you learned about RBs and WRs at LSU - "I think it's easy to say, well, why didn't Petty and Erich Wilson get more carries when they were so great late in the game? Well, I don't know where LSU's fire was late in the game compared to early. Hopefully, Bishop can continue to get his confidence going. We'll see more of Petty. We'll see more Erich Wilson in that situation. I was very encouraged by Kevin Smith, and what he showed, backed up on the sidelines, another on a slant route down the middle of the field. So I was encouraged by his development as he continues to come back. I think we need to be a bit more creative in ways to get Austin and Kasen the football, and their willingness to really understand the creativity in that, and their ability to really do it right. I'd have liked to have gotten Jaydon and Kendyl a few more opportunities to see what they can do because I think they're talented players, and Ive seen them play at a high level so we need to find a way to get their confidence back to where it was at training camp. And then ultimately, making sure that the rapport with our receivers and backs and with our quarterback is on point. It can't be, I think he's gonna do this but I'm not sure. Has to be on point where they're sure he's at this depth, at what point is he turning, and this is where I'm throwing the ball. At this point, we've got a little bit of hesitation there that has hurt us some. So we'll get that fixed."

On if it's hiring that guys like Kearse and Aguilar are gone - "I think it's a little bit of that. I think it's a little bit of when you just don't make a couple of plays, when Jaydon just can't hang on to a ball in the end zone, when Kasen's two inches out of bounds on the sidelines, when there's an offensive pass interference in the first ball game. You start to wonder a bit rather than you make those plays, then there's a sense of confidence and belief in one another. So we just have to get that back. And we'll get that done."

Thoughts to using Shaq Thompson on offense - "Sure, there's been thoughts of that. I feel like, for our program to really take the necessary strides to really become a top-tier football team, especially in our conference, we need to play really good defense. If that means we have to sacrifice some on offense to do that, that's what we're doing. Because we have an opportunity to be a very good defensive football team. We need to help them a little bit more on offense, and I think we'll only see Shaq continuing to grow on the defensive side of the football. We'll see his playmaking continue to come. I mean, he missed a pick-6 by about 2 inches off his fingertips the other night, maybe a week from tonight he catches that ball and returns if for touchdown."

On Price being less aggressive against LSU - "I could probably take a little of that back after going and looking at the film. He took some shots. He threw the ball downfield and we made a couple plays and a couple plays we didn't. I thought that there might have been a ball or two when he's really going he'll throw it. But when you're struggling and they are getting pressure on you it's understandable. I'd probably take that back some now after looking at the film.

On Durkee and special teams - "I thought Korey did a nice job. I would say going to the game in general, the special teams side of it was one of the biggest areas of concern - our coverage units against their return teams. And I thought our guy did a great job. Obviously the opening kickoff, to go down and force the fumble…Korey, one of his best punts of the night is one where we have an illegal formation that's just uncalled for but he just hammers the ball and pins them down inside the 20 again. He mishits one, but I thought all in all with that setting and that guy returning and where we were trying to place the ball to allow our guys cover, I thought Korey did a nice job. And it was good for Coons to make his field goal attempt, especially in that setting. I think we'll benefit from those two for sure.

On how the RT spot will work out for reps this week - "It's a bit too soon to tell. We've got to still sort it out, it's still very early in the week. They'll get a pretty even amount of equal reps. We've got a couple of different scenarios that we can work with - actually a few - so part of that is going to tell of how Dexter looks and feels at right tackle. He's been playing a lot on the left. Part of that is going to be the development of Mike at that spot and if he can take the next step from a physicality standpoint, because he's talented enough to do it but he really needs to let himself go to play a physical brand of football. We'll see how Brostek does with some more reps there and Atoe at right guard - so we've got some versatility that we can work with there, but we have to solidify those things here in the next day or so so we know exactly what the plan is come Saturday.

On if Atoe is just a guard - "I think he's a potential factor out there (at right tackle). Again, we've got to see how we respond tomorrow to some of the things we're going to ask these guys to do."

On Dexter Charles and his strengths - "Dexter is kind of what you want in an offensive lineman. He's 6-4, he's 300 pounds now, he's got a real nasty streak to him, he's extremely athletic…he just lacks experience. He's a redshirt freshman, hasn't played a lot within our system. In a perfect world he gets another year to learn the system, but we're in the situation we're in, so we'll put him in positions to be successful. He has all the qualities you want in an offensive lineman; it's just about going out and playing now. So we'll see how fast we can get him up to par out there at right tackle."

On Shane Brostek and his strengths - "Same (as Charles). The same. It's in his blood though. He's just got it. His Dad has been training him since he was in diapers. He's got an O-Lineman's mentality. He won't be perfect when he plays, but he'll make up for it with his energy, his passion, his aggressiveness, his finish - which is all the traits you want to have in an O-Lineman."

On only having two seniors starting on each side of the ball and hampering change - "I don't think of it much like that. I think we've got pretty good amount of junior leadership as well. I think of two guys that really aren't out there right now that I think could help in the leadership category in James Johnson and Hauoli Jamora. I think those guys have really special leadership qualities. But outside of that, I think the guys that we have - whether it's Keith Price who is a junior or Sean Parker who is a junior - to go along with Desmond Trufant and Drew Schaefer…I think we've got enough leadership in place to deal with the adversity we're getting dealt right now. We'll respond to it."

On Antavius Sims - "He's redshirting."

5:29 pm

Steve Sarkisian Complete Coach's Show Notes

Gas brings the show in after the Rondeau Wrap, thanking the crowd that showed up to Joey.  Gas said he's a silver lining guy but hard to come up with positives after Saturday.  Mentioned how Sark said he wanted to 'puke' after the game.  

Sark said they learned a lot about the players and what they stand for and how well they compete.  Sometimes in a game like that it's human nature to only see the bad, but there's some positives - like Kevin Smith, Erich Wilson, Dezden Petty, Shaq Thompson, Marcus Peters, etc...  

At the end of the day, losses like that are harder to swallow than the gut wrenchers. Wanted to make him puke.  Thought it might go away, but he woke up the next morning the same way.  But he got together with the team and started to get it out of his system. Now they can move forward.

Gas asked if it was just a bad night or a step backward?  Sark said it was just a bad night.  Games are so emotional, when you have a chance to swing that emotion early you have to take advantage. They had a chance to do that, and don't know if it would have changed the bottom line, but you have to do it.

Bob mentioned the environment and the weather - it's one thing to stay you're doing what you can to combat the conditions.  Sark said they did everything they could to give their guys the best chance to be successful - but it didn't happen.  Hindsight is 20/20, so maybe now you just fly in the night before the game.  

Bob said during pre-game LSU passes the eye test as well as anybody.  Asked Sark if he gets caught up in that.  Sark said it's natural to assess things like that.  Take in film and what they said they were they were in person.  Well coached.  Biggest area of concern was special teams and that's the area where they arguably did the best.  Hopefully it happens sooner when teams start coming to UW and look at them the same way.

Bob said he lost a bet.  Didn't think they would ever defer if they won the toss.  Sark said he wanted to instill confidence in them to cover immediately.  Expected to have to kick off many times and they did everything they wanted to do on that first kick.  

Bob called Sark a genius for deferring and then getting the ball back.  Sark said it was right in front of the UW fans' section and it really swayed the emotion.  If he could do it all over again, probably try to get the ball more to Kasen or ASJ, but they ran plays that looked good and just couldn't execute.  But when the team gets in tough situations down the road, those young guys will be called in again to make plays.

Bob then mentioned the three-and-out and how LSU punts the ball down at the 4. Sark said they had a couple things that he felt they could have gotten yards.  Got a three man route against Tampa-2 on third down which isn't what you want - credit to LSU there.

Bob talked about a screen pass to Sankey where Barrow came out of nowhere to make a play. Sark said there was another pass in the first quarter to Sankey that looked good for 15-20 and it was second and five after the play.  Then mentions the play to Kasen that was out by inches and the one to ASJ where he was pushed out - and they couldn't overcome those bang-bang plays that didn't end up in their favor.

Gas brings the show back in talking about the team searching for an offensive identity.  Sark said it's hard. When you pride yourself on offensive football and quarterback play and execution, it tears at you.  He's passionate about it, so you exhaust all things in looking for how the team can reap the benefits from the hard work they put in.

Gas talked about the OL being a work in progress with the injuries and lack of cohesion. Sark said he'll never say that's why they aren't moving the ball - but the reality is injuries occur, and when they do happen you have a plan in place to handle it.  They've dealt with their fair share and have plans in place - they just need to play better collectively and he needs to do a better job as a play-caller to play well and play with better tempo.

Bob mentioned seven quarters without a TD, and Sark said it's hard to believe. He wants that streak to stop.  He believes in the system and what they do and the players and their ability to execute.  Not waving the white flag yet - played a good defense next week and coming to find out that SDSU's defense wasn't too bad either.  But they have to clean up all the self-inflicted wounds first, so this week is totally about them so they are ready to get going for Pac-12 play.

Bob brought up play calling and how difficult he expected it to be Saturday. Sark said the main objective was to win first down - that way they could live in 2/5, 2/4.  That way worst case you have 3/4, or 3/5.  But it never happened, so it was a lot of third and long - and that lets the defense do what they want.  Give them credit - the LSU coaches switched some things up from what they normally do and it took UW a series or two to adjust to it.  And then the physicality too - when they tackled, they hit you - and hit you with big bodies.  And that took a toll.

Bob said comparisons to the 2009 LSU are inevitable, but fair?  Sark said it's fun to compare it and he'd do it too if he had the time.  In 2009, first game as a staff, so much emotion - and to have the opening drive they had with the screen pass and the TD pass to James Johnson - it kept the energy alive.  The defense fed off of it.  He said that on Saturday night if they could have scored a touchdown off that first drive maybe they get that same kind of energy they experienced in 2009, but it never happened. 

Bob said would it have mattered?  Sark said if they get back down in there a couple more times, give field goals and play a little tighter they have 13 and things might change. If they only have 20 points, for example, maybe that changes the thought about whether to kick a field goal or try for a TD, so the score isn't always indicative of how things played out.

Bob brought the show back talking about injuries.  Said when the team got off the plane at 3:30 Sunday AM, reminded him of those old Revolutionary War pics of guys wounded.  Sark said Kohler - knee swollen, MRI having right now. Feeney injured other shoulder from one injured last year.  Shamburger got a couple cuts on eye - 14 stitches, pretty swollen.  Dealing with some stuff, so that's why you recruits for depth and versatility.  Have one more big game then a bye to get guys like Nate Fellner and Jamaal Kearse back for league play.

Bob asked about the right side of the OL with Atoe, Criste, Brostek, Charles - Sark said they have to figure that out this week.  Brostek will play - whether that means starting or reserve not sure.  Want to get Dexter in more - when he got in against LSU he played aggressively.  Knows that Drew Schaefer and Colin Tanigawa will start - other than that not sure.  LSU did a very good job with their DL attacking the 'v of our neck' of the OL.  Said Micah Hatchie looked back on two blown plays - one is an uncontested sack - but neither one was his fault. Other than those two plays, he did a good job.  The right side will continue to be a work in progress. 

Gas brings the show back with Dawgfather91 on Twitter - With injuries, is it fair to keep expectations high with so many injuries?  Sark said the key for the young guys is not to lose their stinger, to lose their edge.  Probably playing a little earlier than they should be, but the program will benefit down the road.  Task at hand is to get a lot done for PSU then in the bye week for Stanford.

Gas said there was a Facebook post about getting the fullback more involved.  Sark said going into the year they wanted to utilize more of the tight ends.  Doesn't mean they wanted to go away from the fullback, but they wanted to use more 2 and 3-tight end sets.  That has't panned out.  So they talked today about moving back toward using the FB more.

Bob gave a story about an LSU tailgate where Elise was at and they had a gas-powered blender. Another story - he went to breakfast with his wife to a place called Louie's in Baton Rouge.  A student comes up and sits next to them.  Find out she's a freshman from Austin, Tex.  Why go to LSU?  She said it's because they play better football.  True story.

Gas chimes in talking about how different it is in the SEC, doesn't think the way football fits in their culture will be rivaled in the Pac-12.  Sark said that the commitment and knowledge from fans, tailgating, etc... UW is the closest to what an SEC experience is like out west.  Down there it's what they live for, those home games.  Husky fan told Sark saying that there was 92,000 in the stadium but there was another 30,000 outside that couldn't get in.  

Gas joked to Bob that he was going to buy him a gas-powered blender for Christmas. 

Gas brought the show back in talking about Shaq Thompson and playing him.  Sark said that they are making a big commitment toward improving their defense, and Shaq is going to play a big part of that.  There will come a day where he'll probably contribute on the offensive side of the ball, but since he's only two games into his career and he's also doing special teams - smart to keep him where he can focus and develop.

Bob asked for Sark's take on the defense. Sark said when you play a team like LSU, they had two big runs. Both they are plays where they could have played them much better.  Where they also have to be better is where the 3-4 yard plays have to be knocked back instead of them pushing the pile forward.  They need to swarm to the ball and knock the piles back and impose their will more than they did Saturday.

Bob said even when you get there, they were rolling 4 225-pound backs at you.  Sark said they are big and ranged from 225 to 240.  When they are turning you have to knock them down.  They fit the run better and less missed tackles, but they have to knock the piles back. 

Bob talked about Danny Shelton had a good game. First time a DL has had 10 or more tackles in at least five years.  Also mentioned Thomas Tutogi.  Sark said he doesn't know if Danny played well in Week One, but Wilcox and Lupoi helped him to improve in week two.  Stout against a good OL.  Will see more of Tutogi working with Timu when they play bigger teams, and more nickel against teams that want to spread things out.

Bob said he remembers back in 1991 when Arizona came to UW and lost 54-0.  First thing Dick Tomey said in the locker room is point in UW's direction and said 'Be like them'.  The next year they beat UW.  So what's the self-analysis?  Sark said you give credit where it's due and you also have to look at how you prepared and if you did your job.  Have too much faith in the coaches and leaders to not improve.  Not nearly concerned as to where they are going - he just wants to get their faster.  The coaching staff is ready and willing to make adjustments to put the best product on the field.

Gas brings the show back in talking about Portland State.  Different preparation?  Sark said getting the info on PSU is fine.  Headed by Nigel Burton, former Husky who has done a tremendous job.  Pistol-style offense and running an OSU style defense (he was a DB coach there for a while)...but that being said this week is all about us.  

Bob talked about Sacramento State being Colorado and how EWU almost beat UW.  Sark said the team needs to get back to a belief of who they are and what they are capable. Starts with him and has to go through the entire organization.  Until they get that back it doesn't matter who they play.  

Bob mentioned PSU is the largest University in Oregon and there's also a couple more former UW players on Burton's staff - Ikaika Malloe and Lester Towns.  Bob wishes Sark good luck.

End of show.
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