Chris Petersen Press Conference Video/Notes

SEATTLE - Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen had his initial fall press conference Sunday at the Hec Ed Founders Club, and he has some personnel announcements, as well as talk about his first-year team, what fans should expect to see out there during fall camp, and how things are going to shake out with his quarterbacks.


-- Says he believes players have worked hard, are in good shape to start (not in football shape though) and is excited to get out and "get after it".

-- Roster moves -- Jaime Bryant (medical retirement); Marcus Farria (dismissed from team for violation of team standards); Aaron Chapman (knee injury); Vita Vea (late addition they are excited about).

-- Farria decision was made last week to dismiss him.

-- Said that the reason for splitting up the practices the first two days is to get more reps for the players and more teaching.

-- Said the players love it, but the coaches hate it (laughs).

-- Hard to say that the coaches are all "settled", but he thinks they are in good shape and ready to focus on the season.

-- First rep for QB tomorrow with the first team is still undetermined.

-- Said they will divide the QBs up into two sets of two.

-- Lindquist and Williams will work with the morning group (returners) and Miles and Carta-Samuels will work with the afternoon group (newcomers).

-- Said Cyler Miles barely knows the offense and is definitely behind.

-- Said some of the concepts are the same as what he's already had.

-- Said Sark and the other staff did a good job taking the program from where it was to where it is, but also said that people do things differently and, even though the offense is similar, there are so many things that are different -- the way they lift weights, meetings, etc. -- that they are behind. They are the only new staff in the conference, so they have a lot of ground to make up.

-- Said they are always "tweaking and changing" things up. Said all good coaches tweak and change things.

-- Said their process has worked for them and they will mold it to what they need to do to be successful.

-- Said a depth chart isn't in place yet, but he'd like it to be able to come out in a couple of weeks.

-- Said everyone will get a chance to compete for playing time and that's why there is no depth chart right now.

-- Leaders emerging are from the seniors. Said coach Socha's process has really improved things with the players and that some of the seniors are laying a foundation for the fall.

-- No one will be held out due to health at this point. That includes Kasen Williams, although he said they would be smart with the guys returning from injuries, so don't be surprised if they are held out of certain drills or given a rest, but he said no one will be held out or limited...at least as of today.

-- Would not put a timetable on when a starting QB will be named.

-- Said he's not concerned about the depth at tailback right now, but not ready to be too excited about it just yet.

-- Said he was happy with the way the freshmen showed up and their progress so far, but he said, while the weight room is the foundation for what you want to do, some guys are going to excel in that area and some aren't, but then when you get out on the field maybe the guys that don't excel in the weight room prove they are better because they're just football players and they excel when they get on the field.

-- Isn't really big on "team captains". Changes them up game by game.

-- Feels leadership comes as a team from many different ways so he's not big on naming captains.

-- Said the players have been very receptive and have embraced the changes/teaching the new staff is instilling.

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