Dawg Blog: Oregon

The Oregon Ducks are coming to town

It's game week once again! With bowl eligibility attained, the Washington Huskies head into this week with a new goal in mind - beat the Oregon Ducks. It hasn't been much of a series this past decade, with the Huskies' last win over UO coming in 2003. If you want to get all the news and notes on how UW is going to attack this game, keep checking the blog!

Chris Fetters:
11/3/2011
6:26 pm

Steve Sarkisian Thursday Quotes

Activities related to 1991 team this week - "The only real activity is Donald Jones is going to do our chapel Friday night before the game. But I'm sure there will be some non-planned interaction. Guys are going to be around, and I'm sure that a few of them that are in town are going to be at our walk-through tomorrow."

Two years ago, would you be more worried about how the team would handle the periphery stuff? - "Sure. I think so. That would've been one of my bigger concerned. It's still A concern, as I've touched on since Monday at the press conference, of our ability to focus on the task at hand. Recognize the things that are going on around us, but focus on the task at hand – and that's the ball game. We're not naïve enough to think that: oh, we don't recognize that this us the last game at Husky Stadium, or that Don James is doing the coin toss, or that the '91 team is getting recognized, or that our seniors are getting recognized. We understand all of that's happening. But what I've been proud of our guys is that they recognize it, they're embracing it, and they will embrace it Saturday night, but yet the process of preparation is what's been key to us. And I think we've had a good week of work."

More freedom to embrace periphery things, like with the white helmets that you didn't use in the Hawaii game - "Sure, sure. To me, that kind of stuff is college football. That's why we do what we do, and we get to enjoy those things. And I think our team earns it. They give me everything I ask of them, every day we go out. It's not about us trying hard or us not wanting to do well. Sometimes we're not good enough, and sometimes we don't perform well enough, but it's not for their willingness. Those guys bring it every day, and I'm thankful for that."  

Another one of those next-level games - "Sure, we love the opportunity. Oregon's a great football team, and they've been for some time now; they've sustained it. It poses a great challenge for our guys. It's a great opportunity. We've been in big games before. This isn't new to us in that this is a bigger game than any of these other ones we've played. We've been in some pretty big ones – some at home, and some on the road. Not all of those games have we put our best foot forward, and we've seen the outcome of those games. But there have been games where we have put our best foot forward, and we've performed well and succeeded."  

What aspects of the 91 team he's used this week with his team - "There's two things that jump out to me when you go back and reflect on that team…and I knew 'em very well, I had a high school teammate (Josh Moore) that was on the team, so I watched the '91 team quite a bit, as much as I could. One was the physicality by which they played the game - offense, defense, special teams. That was a very physical team. I think they really put a stamp and a brand on Husky Football of the way you want to play the game. And we're on our way - obviously we're not there yet - of adopting that style of football. And two, they had a real killer instinct. When they got on people, they got on you. They didn't let you hang around, they didn't let you back in the game. They had a real killer instinct, and as we grow as a program, I'd like to develop that as well. So as we talked to those things - two things that jumped out at me if you say the '91 Washington Huskies, what were they about - they were physical, and when got you, you had a killer instinct."

On gauging the team's reaction when seeing what the '91 team was all about - "I think there's a great deal of respect. They understand that part of the reason they came to the University of Washington, why they are on this football team, is because of what that '91 team did. We talk in recruiting all the time about the National Championship and the Rose Bowls and conference championships - that team epitomized all three of those things. I think there will be a great deal of respect when they do see some of the players around and are humbled by that fact - but inspired as well."

On if he's invited any of the players to talk to the team - "I'm not a big 'talk-to-the-team' kind of guy. I like my messaging, but I have invited those guys to be around - whether it's a team meeting tomorrow or the walk-through tomorrow or even stopping by the hotel."

On who his high school teammate was - "Josh Moore."

On if he's going to come? - "I would imagine so. I don't know. I have an email about that that I haven't checked yet with all the guys that have RSVP'd and are going to be here."

Oregon offense taxing mentally - "What they do a nice job of, their pace is their pace. But they are not just running generic plays, they are running some pretty difficult plays to defend – triple options, and wheel routes and naked bootlegs, things like that. They tax you physically because you are tired, but then they tax you mentally because they do a great job of attacking your defense."

Oregon big plays coming in second half - "That comes from fatigue – comes from guys a little tired, guys a little when you get fatigued, you are quite as sharp mentally on where you need to be, and you are not quite in the right gap and they've got the playmakers in place that when you make a mistake, it is a big one."  

On looking back to the first half of the UO game last season - "Without a doubt. And I look in the first half of the last two years, quite honestly. I look at the way we played them here two years ago, they are ahead, I think, 15-6 at halftime, but I think we are out-gaining them by nearly 200 yards. And so, we talk quite extensively about our lack of execution in the red zone offensively in the first halves of the last two years' games. Our ability to be sound in special teams has shown up the last two years in the first halves of those two games. That is one part of it – we are talking to the first halves of the last two years, but we are also talking to the third quarter of the last two years, and our ability to come back out of the locker room, and execute and keep continually doing things right down after down after down."

Personnel updates
- "The guys looked good – we looked better today. I was encouraged by that. I am encouraged by the fact we've still got 48 hours until kickoff for some of the guys who are little nicked up to get healed up and get their treatment. We'll see. I imagine that James Johnson would be a game-time decision – he would be the real one. Talia (Crichton), a game-time decision; he kind of banged his knee again. We'll see."

On closing practice Thursday - "I just wanted to make sure we were focused, I really did. I wanted to makes sure we were focused on the things that needed to be focused on. I thought it was a great practice. You have certain practices that you feel really good about, and other ones, ‘Yeah, we could have done that better, or that better.' I thought they had great energy. The execution was good. I thought the intensity was where it needed to be. Always in practice, there are some adverse times, whether it could be a drop, or a blown coverage or a bad snap. When something like that occurred in practice today, they responded really well on the next play. That is the stuff I am looking for."

On new uniforms for the game? - "No, no. We don't have any black helmets or throwback uniforms or anything.''

On the special teams and needing to devote more time to them to catch up to Oregon - "They (Oregon) have been good. If you want to get to the top of your conference, and that is ultimately the goal here, you have to beat the best in your conference. And you talk about Oregon, Stanford, USC they've been kind of the three in our conference that have set the bar of the level of play that you need to play at, so as you recruit, as you put schemes together, you have to always think in mind 'is this scheme good enough to beat an Oregon? Is this scheme good enough to beat a Stanford? Is this player good enough to beat a USC with?' If the answer is no, we shouldn't be doing it or  we shouldn't be recruiting them, so that's been a mindset of ours from day one and we just continue to keep building toward that and special teams is one of those. I think Oregon has been an excellent special teams football team and a little bit overlooked because they've been so good offensively and been really good on defense, especially creating turnovers over the years, that at times their special teams can get overlooked. But they are very good.''

On how much better UW is in special teams now - "Two years doesn't seem very quick. But I've been proud of our guys, proud of our coaches, one, for really dedicating themselves to it, and proud of our kids for embracing it. Sometimes you think 'oh, I'm only on special teams, I'm not a starter, I'm not a player.' And I think a credit to coach Nansen of really embracing those key, core special teams guys of ours that dedicate themselves to that and do a great job and embrace them and make them team leaders, the Greg Walkers of the world, they are on every special team and they are a reason why we are good on them.''

On Cliff Harris being a bigger loss on special teams or defense - "Probably both, I don't know. He's a heck of a return guy, I know that, he ran right in front of me last year. And he's obviously a playmaker defensively, you know, we all have to make those tough decisions on when to play guys and when not to, so.''

Any additional senior rituals? - "Just the normal deal that we do on gameday, we'll introduce them all individually and the players will be on the field to greet them.''

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Chris Fetters:
11/2/2011
7:10 pm

Steve Sarkisian Wednesday Quotes

On the weather - "It was good for us to get out in the weather today, quite honestly. We haven't had as many opportunities as we've had in previous years of getting outside and getting into these types of elements, with the wind and the rain. So it was good to get out in it."

On how the team handled the weather - "This group - I learn more about them every day. They embraced it, quite honestly. They went out and had fun in it."

On Erik Folk missing seven-straight FG tries - "I'm not concerned about it. I'm not worried about it."

On if he would want the same conditions Saturday - "No, but we'll play in it if we need it."

On how better prepared the offense is compared to last year - "Well, last year was Keith's first career start. Going into Autzen Stadium, it's very hostile and loud, and it's the guy's first career start, and so…we're much different. I thought we were relatively conservative a year ago, and we don't have to play as conservative a style this year. He's got a lot of games under his belt, and he's comfortable in doing that."

On how different they are in scheme - "We're immensely different in the fact of - now we have a couple of tight ends that can go out there, and we can get into multiple receiver sets. We can get into two-tailback sets, so we're pretty well-versed that way into where we can get into a lot of different formations and we can attack in a variety of ways."

On David Paulson being another weapon for UO - "I think it's a credit to Chip and his offensive staff; they've got a nice scheme to where they can hit you with a variety of runs, and then you're concerned about 6 (De'Anthony Thomas) in the passing game and him getting down the field. And then the next thing you know the tight end hurts you right down the middle of the field. You get so spread out and he hurts you right in the middle of the field. So it's the challenge of defending their scheme, one, and two, understanding the types of plays they like to call, based on situations, where they are at on the field, down-and-distances, and whatnot."

On anything he saw from the UO-LSU tape he can use - "We've got to keep recruiting. They've got some pretty good-looking guys at LSU."

On UO making it tough to make them one-dimensional because of their explosive plays - "They've been explosive in the run game…I think it starts there. They are a run team first, but yet when you get to the point where you're completely dedicating yourself to stopping the run, they throw the ball over your head - whether it's to the tight end or the slot receiver, or on the play-action pass stuff, the naked bootleg stuff - they do quite a bit of that, especially in the red zone. You've got to be ready for a balanced attack, but they key against them is, you need to stop the run. If you don't, they'll keep running it. And that's what they like to do."

On UO's success stopping players in the red zone - "I think they defend the field for 100 yards. We've been pretty good at it, and they've been pretty good at it - and ironically both offenses have been pretty good at it. I think it'll be one of the keys to the ballgame Saturday night is whose ability to get stops in the red zone, and who has the ability to score touchdowns when they are in the red zone. I think it'll be one of the key factors in the game."

On seeing a difference between Darron Thomas and Bryan Bennett - "Right now I think Bryan Bennett is a little bit of a better runner because Thomas isn't quite 100 percent healthy - doesn't appear at least. They're both adequate passers - I think Darron might have a little better feel for the passing game because he's been in their system and playing in it. But they're not going to change; they are going to run their offense, and we have to defend their offense moreso than who is the quarterback."

On Kearse getting nicked up in Tuesday's practice - "A little bit, but he'll be fine. He's just a little sore."

On James Johnson - "James is not looking great. That ankle sprain for the game isn't bouncing back quite the way we like."

On Kasen Williams' ankle - "I think he'll be OK. He got back out there catching punts."

On what you can do to stop UO's 2-point conversions - "Just try to stop it. If you stop it, it's a great win for you. You hold them to six points, and that one point could become a factor later in the game. I don't think you can put much more credence into that then that. You make an attempt to stop it and you try to coach to it. They've gotten us with it a couple times here the last couple years, and it seems like they get just about everybody. It would be great to get a stop there, and maybe use it as a momentum shift as well after a touchdown score. The secret to it is you don't know what formation you're going to get each week. They do a nice job of changing the formation up from week to week and the plays off of it. I do know last week they did it, and exposed their punter to a pretty good hit. So we'll see how he responds to that. You expose some guys to some things doing it that way, but it has been an advantage for them for many, many years prior to Chip being there when coach Bellotti was there. They were doing it back then and it was successful for them."

On avoiding kicking to De'Anthony Thomas - "You have to have some schemes, and that could potentially be part of your scheme. You have to have some different things and an understanding of what types of returns they are using and different things. Obviously last season they had great success in their return game against us, and it made it a real point of emphasis for us heading into the off-season, whether it was in the punt coverage unit or the kick coverage unit to try and corral them. I thought it was a big factor in the game last year."

On improvement in UW's special teams - "Part of it is depth, I think it's dedicating ourselves from a time management standpoint in practice of really working it…and it's not always about running down as fast as you can - it's about understanding the types of returns you're getting, and how to fit those returns so that you're 'gapped-out' in a sense, like you would be on defense."

On that being the role of the gunners - "On the punt team definitely. We've had great gunner activity this season, as we've seen from Ducre and Tru and those guys. I'm counting on them again Saturday night to get downfield."

On how Keith has bounced back from throwing three interceptions Saturday - "I think he's fine. Two interceptions were dropped balls, and the other one the receiver fell down. So I think he's fine."

On recruiting players to defend the spread system - "I think you have to, in a sense. You have to be able to play in space in college football right now. As we're moving forward we have to recruit that way so we can. The majority of the teams we play are built this way, so you better be able to defend the spread and the zone read and the zone option stuff and the triple option. We need to do that for sure, and now we have to recruit some guys that can line up and defend against Stanford."

On Alameda Ta'amu's role against the read zone - "It varies on what plays they run. They have a bunch of different plays…they look very similar but actually they're different. There are going to be times when they don't block Alameda and he's going to be the guy they are reading. That's when he becomes a real big factor, but also when they're reading the edge guys, Alameda's ability to create penetration and disrupt the timing of the exchange will be big as well."

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Eric Dore:
11/2/2011
6:43 pm

Jermaine Kearse Tuesday Quotes

On how much thought he's put into the last game at Husky Stadium: "Not a lot of thought at all, I'm just trying to focus on the game as it is right there, not trying to put anything extra on it.  I know it's the last game in a while, it's my senior night but I'm just trying to focus on beating Oregon."

 

On not practicing in Husky Stadium anymore: "It's going to be kind of different to see, practicing on the East field the whole time but just got to treat it like every other practice."

 

On thinking about what little time he has left here: "Yeah a little bit I'm mostly just trying to focus on this game, but I'm not oblivious to the fact that this is senior night and this is my last game here."

 

On if there is any extra significance that it's against Oregon: "Maybe a little bit, I have my own little rivalry I mean it's a rival game otherwise but it's a little more to me."

 

On what he means by an extra rivalry: "You have those rivalry games, you have Wazzu and Oregon and those are the teams you want to beat.  They're a good team and I haven't beat them yet so that is something I want to do."



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Eric Dore:
11/2/2011
6:31 pm

Jesse Callier Tuesday Quotes

On the kick returns: "We have a bunch of new guys and we're all willing to learn, given sense of a chance and that's the great thing about football.  Everybody cares about getting a return so each job is important."

On having Shelton and Tutogi blocking for him on kick returns: "It's awesome it's always good when you catch the ball and you see two big guys right there ready to fight for you so that's always god."

 

On the difference of having those big guys: "Oh yeah definitely, like I said they're big guys so they don't want to run straight through them so they run around and that just creates holes."

 

On why the special teams are better this year: "Just like Coach Sark said we believe in the three aspects of the game, special teams, offense, and defense."



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Eric Dore:
11/2/2011
6:24 pm

Kevin Smith Tuesday Quotes

On Smith's return out to near the 50 against Arizona: "They kicked it off and kickoff return team did a good job blocking so I could get free and get us good field position."

 

On how comfortable he feels as a returner: "Yeah I mean I'll do whatever coach wants me to do, special teams or offense."

 

On having Shelton and Tutogi blocking for him: "Real good, they're big guys and they can block and they run down hill and whoever is coming past their way I know they're not going to get past it."

 

On having guys that big blocking for him: "I trust them when they're in front of me so it's real good to have the big guys blocking for me."



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Eric Dore:
11/1/2011
7:30 pm

Will Shamburger Tuesday Quotes

On how frustrating it was to be injured: "It felt kind of bad at first.  I always wanted to be out here with my team that's what matters most.  I love the Huskies, I love Udub, I always wanted to be a part of that team and I want to contribute to the team, but with me being hurt I'm not contributing enough.  Now I'm contributing on defense, special teams and I'm really happy, really excited."

 

On when he got hurt: "Last time I got hurt was senior year of high school that's it then I came up here my freshman year and they red-shirted me and healed myself up again so I could get back on my feet."

 

More on his injury: "It was actually on my birthday during basketball season."

 

On having a good Spring 2010 then not playing much last year: "It was just me being mentally focused, I wasn't focused, I had tasks at hand and I wasn't being focused like the coaches said.  Coaches told us they want us to have enthusiasm, effort, and be focused everyday at practice including game days.  This year I've been really focused.

 

On not playing consistently at the beginning of the year: "I wasn't really focused on that I just wanted to help the team.  I'm not focused about playing time or anything.  All that matters that we win the games and as long as I'm contributing for the team then it's good."

 

On growing up with Keith Price and if he's helped him: "Yeah me and him stay here during the summer and work out together.  He had receivers out here too working out with him as well so I came out here to the Dempsey and did one on ones with the receivers and going into the weight room, getting stronger."



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Eric Dore:
11/1/2011
7:05 pm

Nick Holt Tuesday Quotes

On if they are more prepared for Oregon depth-wise: "Yes and no, we maybe have some more safeties than we've had in the past, defensive linemen we're still a little short, but we have a couple bodies.  It kind of seems the same for some reason."

 

On if the Husky defense being smaller and faster is better equipped to play Oregon than Stanford: "Well hopefully that's the case, quite honestly I don't know if we're that fast, these guys are really, really fast, but I think we have more safety type bodies out there and some more corners than we've had in the past.  Hopefully that will help, in the run game we have to be really good and not let them get out on the edge.  They get out on the edge on everybody and really hurt everybody.  But I think hopefully that's the case, we'll wait and see."

 

On Will Shamburger and his progress: "Yeah he's just improved every week.  I think he feels better I think his knee is not bothering him as it has in the past and I think he's healthy finally and it's taken him a while and he's made some nice plays and I think that has built up confidence so he's playing faster."

 

On Shamburger's physicality: "Very physical, yeah for a safety his size he tackles.  He's always been a good tackler, he's showed that in high school and he just came here and he had a bad knee.  I think he's finally good, his body is feeling better and he's playing really well for us."

 

On how often Oregon substitutes where UW can substitute: "They'll substitute their receivers and you have a little chance I think.  The problem arises when they're on your far hash and that's when it's hard to substitute guys when they're in their near hash that's when they do a lot of it.  But when the ball is closer to our sideline it's a lot easier to get our substitutions in.  They get on the ball fast but sometimes they don't hike the ball fast and you can finally get lined up and things like that."

 

On if Oregon physically wears teams down or if they're just persistent with their plays: "I think a little bit of both.  Eventually they wear you down to where you don't do what you're supposed to do.  You've been doing what you're supposed to do for three quarters then all of a sudden they do the same play and you are out of your gap, they break a tackle and then they get in the open field and then they're gone.  Their backs are really good, very elusive and not very big and it's hard to see them.  That's why a lot of guys have problems because they look trying to find the running back and they get out of their gap and the runningback will stutter and get through and have a lot of field out there."

 

On the key to playing in space: "We need to get the other guys off blocks and helping the guys that are going to be one on one on the quarterback or the pitch guys.  Unfortunately that offense lends itself to getting you in a lot of one on ones because they spread you out and then they have the double and triple option and some guys are going to be in one on one situations.  When they're in those situations they've got to be able to tackle the guy and not miss tackles when they're by themselves."

 

On how he feels they have tackled: "At times good.  Last week we missed some tackles, the first touchdown was a missed tackle.  At times really good and at times not as good as we need to be."

 

On what worked in the first half last year: "We were just doing our job and we prepared really well and our kids were executing the gameplan and we didn't miss many tackles and we were consistent.  We made them have to work so that's why it was good.  As the game wore on and the short field wore on I think our kids got frustrated starting on the 30, 20 whatever it was and so we kind of lost our focus in the fourth quarter.  Then we had some tired guys."



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Chris Fetters:
11/1/2011
7:02 pm

Nate Fellner Tuesday Quotes

On the hit - "I just got lucky. It was an over route. Tried to make a play…I should have actually broken up the pass. I was disappointed that I got a personal foul."

On hit or getting hit - "I don't want to be the one getting hit, so I guess it's hit."

On being surprised that a flag was thrown - "To be honest, I really didn't know if I led with my helmet or not. I'm just disappointed that I did get the penalty."

On just doing what he was taught - "Yeah. Our coach teaches us to be aggressive and don't hit with your helmet - and I didn't think I did hit with my helmet. But it is what it is."

On the pick - "I was just lucky. It was a cover two, and it was a great re-route by John (Timu). He threw off the slot receiver's route on a corner route, and it was a timing route. It threw off the timing, and I was right there, sitting there."

On that being his first interception of the season - "It did feel good, it felt good to be out there, and let's keep on building on it."

On what the coaches told him on the sidelines after the hit - "Tough break. Like I said I should have broken up the pass, that was the main thing. Big hits are good, but you might as well try to get them off the field."

On the fact that the receiver (Dan Buckner) probably won't play because of a slight separation of his shoulder - "I didn't know that. Dang!"

On playing Oregon and being prepared this year for the challenge - "I think our conditioning in the off-season was great. We just have to go all-out, everything we've got. Leave everything on the field, and hopefully we can get the W."

On guys stepping up at the safety position - "Shamburger has always been there. First year he was injured, but now he's in the groove and I'm happy for him. All we do is try and help each other. There's no I in team. Whoever is out there, support them and help them out. All of us have to be ready to go."

On the biggest thing he needs to key on with everything else going on this week - "Just stay focused. You have to stay focused against Oregon and just worry about one play at a time. They try to distract you with all the other things they try and do with their offense. Stay focused, stay prepared, watch a lot of film this week, and I just hope we go out there and perform how we expect to."

On expecting a raucous crowd - "I guess! With it being the last game in Husky Stadium, I've got to think that Husky fans are going to come out and hopefully fill it up. It's a pretty crazy environment when it is (full). There's no place louder."

On his sense of the UO-UW rivalry - "I think I have a sense of it. It just seems like there's a lot of trash talking between Oregon and Washington fans in general. You hear about it, and there's YouTube videos and stuff like that. We just have to bring it back to where it's respectable…we've got to take care of business. Oregon's taken what? The last seven of them? So yeah, hopefully we play hard and get this thing back going our way."

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Chris Fetters:
11/1/2011
6:44 pm

Sione Potoae Tuesday Quotes

On how the season has gone, and if things are starting to click for him - "I believe they are. Unfortunately it took time for things to click, but I'm happy where I am right now, and I'm really excited for this game."

On if his leg injury has hampered his progress - "My leg is fine. Every once in a while it has its little pains, but it's nothing I can't handle. It's just mental right now."

On what went right in the second half of the Arizona game - "We had substitutions and we had different formations that countered Arizona's offense, and just the play-calling from coach."

On how much Oregon factored into his recruitment (he was offered by UO)
- "Not that much. I was excited to be a Dawg and I'm happy that I'm here. I have no regrets."

On being able to think about the fact that this will be his last game at the old Husky Stadium - "I haven't really gotten the chance yet - I've got a busy schedule with school and football and all - but now that you bring it up, it's going to be crazy. I've played here for a year, and to think that it's going to change - it's going to be crazy."

On playing next year at Century Link - "I played there in high school when I was a sophomore."

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Chris Fetters:
11/1/2011
6:37 pm

Everrette Thompson Tuesday Quotes

On getting offered and recruited by Oregon - "I was pretty serious about them at the time, but I didn't really know about the whole recruiting process and how things worked. I ended up going to Washington, because that's where my heart was and I was excited about the coaches. I went through the whole process, taking one of my officials there. They played USC and upset USC at home."

On if this game takes on a different significance because he was recruited hard by UO - "Not at all. I take them on all the same. There's no difference this weekend."

On his health - "I feel pretty good right now. I understand what to do and to take care of my body. I'm a little older, so I understand treatment and taking the time to do the little things for the long season. I feel pretty good, and I feel like the older guys are hanging in there too. We're doing well."

On getting after it against Arizona - "I think the other guys are getting comfortable out there in game-time situations, and they are just getting better - week-in and week-out. And it showed in the second half; everyone was jelling together and we started getting after it a little bit."

On which of the younger players it stepping up - "I would say Andrew Hudson. Man, he's was coming out this last weekend, and hopefully he can build on that - just work hard and get better."

On how weird it is knowing this is going to be the last game at what is now Husky Stadium - "It is a little weird. This is the last time I'll be playing in Husky Stadium with Alameda and my guys. It's going to be a good one."

On if he's going to do anything special on top of the normal senior day events - "I'm going to keep it basic - nothing spectacular."

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Eric Dore:
11/1/2011
6:37 pm

Johnny Nansen Tuesday Quotes

On Oregon going for 2: "They do that to everybody and unfortunately the last couple of times they've been doing it to us so we got to be prepared for it."

 

On being able to rotate more guys in on defense: "Oh no doubt, no doubt we need to keep everybody fresh especially with that offense."

 

On it being hard to rotate guys when they are constantly no-huddling: "It is, it is especially when it's on their has because they get going and it's hard to get guys in and out of the huddle so we try to time it up when it's on our hash.  There's a lot of things that go into it.  We're reminding the kids hey after the second play you guys got to hustle in and then other guys got to come in so there's a lot of coaching involved."



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Eric Dore:
11/1/2011
6:31 pm

Alameda Ta'amu Tuesday Quotes

On wearing down after halftime last year against Oregon: "Yeah lack of depth, we have a lot of depth on the D-line now.  I think this we'll do better this year."

 

On what worked for 2 quarters last year: "Like I said last year everyone was doing their job, nobody was trying to do too much.  From Oregon going onto Wazzu and Cal."

 

On the key to defending the zone-read: "Just do our assignments, on the read don't try to tackle the quarterback when our assignment is to tackle the runningback."

 

On the emotions of senior night: "It's just another game, can't try to do too much, do our assignments and just try to play this game like any other game it's just as important as it was to us last week."

 

On if he'll have more butterflies: "I always have butterflies every game it'll be emotional I guess, last game in this stadium there's a lot of history going through here, a lot of great players and glad I got to be a part of it."



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Chris Fetters:
11/1/2011
4:29 pm

Oregon's Depth Chart Released v. Washington

Offense:
WR 81 Justin Hoffman 6-1 206 Jr.
89 Will Murphy 6-2 183 Jr.
LT 74 Darrion Weems 6-5 302 Sr.
60 Ryan Clanton 6-5 300 Jr.
LG 77 Carson York 6-5 292 Jr.
63 Mana Greig 5-11 291 So.
C 55 Hroniss Grasu 6-3 291 RFr.
78 Karrington Armstrong 6-3 270 So.
RG 79 Mark Asper 6-7 325 Sr.
71 Everett Benyard III 6-7 325 So.
RT 61 Nick Cody 6-5 301 Jr.
75 Jake Fisher 6-6 285 Fr.
TE 42 David Paulson 6-4 241 Sr.
32 Colt Lyerla 6-5 238 Fr.
WR 1 Josh Huff 5-11 207 So.
10 Rahsaan Vaughn 6-2 192 Jr.
WR 80 Lavasier Tuinei 6-5 216 Sr.
16 Daryle Hawkins 6-4 197 So.
QB 5 Darron Thomas 6-3 215 Jr.
2 Bryan Bennett 6-3 205 RFr.
RB 21 LaMichael James 5-9 195 Jr.
24 Kenjon Barner 5-11 195 Jr.

Defense:
DE 45 Terrell Turner 6-3 265 Sr.
60 Ryan Hagen 6-3 284 So.
DT 66 Taylor Hart 6-6 283 So.
65 Isaac Remington 6-4 286 Jr.
DT 92 Wade Keliikipi 6-3 300 So.
90 Ricky Heimuli 6-4 321 So.
DE 96 Dion Jordan 6-7 240 Jr.
44 Brandon Hanna 6-2 240 Sr.
MLB 52 Dewitt Stuckey 5-11 221 Sr.
47 Kiko Alonso 6-4 240 Jr.
WLB 46 Michael Clay 5-11 225 Jr.
22 Derrick Malone, Jr. 6-2 208 RFr.
SLB 56 Josh Kaddu 6-3 235 Sr.
25 Boseko Lokombo 6-3 232 So.
LCB 2 Troy Hill 5-11 165 RFr.
27 Terrance Mitchell 6-0 189 RFr.
FS 20 John Boyett 5-10 202 Jr.
31 Avery Patterson 5-10 175 So.
ROV 11 Eddie Pleasant 5-11 210 Sr.
12 Brian Jackson 5-10 194 So.
RCB 18 Anthony Gildon 6-1 180 Sr.
14 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu 5-10 182 Fr.

Specialists:
PK 41 Alejandro Maldonado 5-10 198 Fr.
93 Rob Beard 6-0 225 Jr.
P 49 Jackson Rice 6-3 225 Jr.
41 Alejandro Maldonado 5-10 198 Fr.
KR 24 Kenjon Barner 5-11 195 Jr.
6 De'Anthony Thomas 5-9 173 Fr.
PR 21 LaMichael James 5-9 195 Jr. OR
6 De'Anthony Thomas 5-9 173 Fr.
SS 38 Jeff Palmer 5-10 200 Jr.
LS 39 Drew Howell 6-2 230 So.
HLD 49 Jackson Rice 6-3 225 Jr.
2 Bryan Bennett 6-3 225 RFr.

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Chris Fetters:
11/1/2011
11:45 am

Steve Sarkisian Pac-12 Teleconference Notes

On WSU being able to do against UO - Did a nice job of completing underneath routes and third down to extend drives. Couldn't punch it in red zone, too many turnovers. You have to score points against UO to have any chance.

On Utah-Arizona matchup - Watching UA offense against UT defense will be fun to watch.

On playing with house money now that they are bowl eligible - As you try to get there, that can become stressful, so much to lose if we don't win. Now with six wins, still plenty out there to win, but the mentality changes. Not as stressed, so now we can go out and play great football. Can't be complacent when it's Oregon coming to town for the last game at Husky Stadium.

On jumping up from OC to HC - Time management is crucial. Getting to the point where you have to allow your staff to do their jobs and not to micro-manage. Let them do what they do best. I'm very involved on the offensive side of the football, so I have a great belief in Nick Holt and our defensive staff to do a great job. There's constant dialog between us, but I trust them to put together a plan to give us the best chance at success.

On Chris Polk and what makes him so good - He's matured, on and off the field. Couldn't be more proud of him. What he brings from a leadership, work ethic and production standpoint. Where his game has evolved is now longer runs and ability to catch the ball on a variety of routes. He's become a complete back, and we're reaping the benefits.

On Will Shamburger's progression - From where he was in training camp to now, he's really progressed. Tackling well, very aggressive. Even in the Stanford game, he played tough and put his face on people. To earn the starting spot now is pretty impressive. It's natural for younger guys to mature over time, and he had a knee issue coming into UW too. He's seen his HS teammate Keith Price do great things, and that can act as a great motivator too.

On the UO rivalry coming up when he talks to alumni - It comes up quite a bit because of tradition and proximity. Doesn't go unnoticed at all. But in this conference, there are so many big games, you don't have the time or energy to get more hyped up for one game over another. It's about us and preparing ourselves, and we're much more consistent in that way. It's great for our fans, that stuff should matter to them - but on the inside it's not the rivalry that will make us play better - it's our preparation.

On improved communication with Pac-12 refs - Both in-game and after the game. They've improved definitely in terms of letting us know exactly what's going on, and during the week to get feedback on what happened the weekend before.

On getting any sense of satisfaction from the Pac-12 refs on the Fellner hit - I don't think you ever fully get satisfaction on stuff like that, but can't let it linger. If I did, I wouldn't be giving Oregon my full attention. It's a tough call, I don't envy the officials at all on that, because you don't want players to get hurt, but you also want to make sure the game is played fairly.

On Polk's evolution and studying other players along the way - Credit to Joel Thomas, whether it be off-season or in-season work to give Chris example of other guys for different aspects of the game. Part of Chris' job is to master his trade, and there's a lot of pieces that goes into that - and Thomas has done a great job of getting him to this point. He's a cross between LenDale White and Reggie Bush. He's bigger than Reggie, but he can definitely be a factor in the pass game.

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Chris Fetters:
11/1/2011
11:44 am

Chip Kelly Pac-12 Teleconference Notes

On where UW taxes teams - Balanced. Can run and throw with equal success. One of the best backs in Polk, who can also catch the ball. Couple him with Price, Kearse and ASJ, that's a lot of skill guys. ASJ probably the best frosh TE in the country. Lot of weapons to defend.

On special teams - We use everybody. You'll see all the running backs for returns, etc… There's no one who is off-limits because we know how important special teams is going to be in this game.

On how much passing he expects - A lot. Have a lot of experienced WR's, and Price played very well in his first start here last year, very poised. And their RB's can do damage in the passing game. Our defense as a whole has to be ready for their passing attack.

On playing the last game at Husky Stadium - We've talked to our kids about it, and they are excited. We know the fans are going to be jacked up and ready, so we need to prepare for it being very loud.

On stepping up to HC from OC - The transition is different. Until you sit in the HC seat, you just don't know. It's all the non-coaching things that make it different. All that stuff is now on your plate. Juggling and keep those plates spinning - you have to be really good organizing your time, and also have a great staff to help you do what you need to do.

On playing on the road affecting offensive tempo - It can. Depends on how the refs spot the ball and what we're trying to do.

On fans bringing up the rivalry - They bring it up. It's relevant to them. What's relevant for the team is the game. The only thing we can have an affect on is the game.

On the emotions of the fans contributing to the focus of the team - Not sure how the students feel about it, it's probably coming from the older alumni. And I'm the only one that goes to alumni functions.

On the difference between Thomas and Bennett - Very similar, similar size, can throw the ball well and with accuracy. The experience factor right now is probably the only major difference. And Marcus Mariota is very much the same body type and skill. We need to recruit to a QB being able to run at the defense.

On David Paulson - All first-team Pac-10 last year, All-Pac-10 academic, already graduated. Very dependable, always practices even when he's banged up. Makes tough catches, great leader by example. Quiet by nature, but definitely leads by his play. Don't throw the ball as much when we're winning big, but that doesn't diminish the fact that he's been a real weapon for us. His versatility means he could be a very good prospect at the next level.

On Keith Price getting recruited by UO - We offered him, we brought him in, we wanted him. Proven leader, very impressed by what the other coaches in his league said about him. Would be a great fit for what we do, and he's a great fit for what Sark's doing.

On how much of an adjustment having to watch more of the defensive side of the ball - I obviously watch more, but I have a great trust in Nick Aliotti and his staff. We meet and he tells me what he's doing, but I have a great trust they know what we need and what it takes to get the job done.

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Chris Fetters:
10/31/2011
5:31 pm

Steve Sarkisian Monday Coach's Show Notes

Gas brings the show in talking about this coach's show is the last coach's show from the Don James Center, because the demolition starts right after the game is over. He talked about Chris Polk - if you would have told him no RB had had a 100/100 game, he wouldn't have believed it. Sark said that he also annihilated a couple DL to the point where they had to go out of the game. The work he's put him - he's improved every year. And off the field with his leadership - couldn't be more proud of Polk.

Gas asked if he had a feeling what Polk would be like, and Sark said he recruited him like crazy at USC, and then he signed at UW. He was very versatile at high school, and he felt he could be a very complete back in college. Bob asked how they screwed it up at USC, and Sark said that he wanted to come in and play, and probably would have had to wait his turn at USC. He remembers the day he heard he de-committed, and they were in a car from LA to Redlands. About 4.5 hours to get there, and an hour into the trip got a call from Pete Carroll that he had de-committed, so they got off the highway and went home.

Sark said they recruited him to be an all-around ATH at USC. Compared him to Bush, but as he went on at UW his game developed to where he was just the opposite - an inside runner.

Bob remembered Polk's first game, at Oregon. Said he remembers the coaches then talking about how he'd be great in space...got about 10 touches and didn't do anything. Then gets hurt the first or second series against BYU, and then he got the knock of being soft. Last Saturday, he had 34 carries. Sark said that he kept hearing the same thing, but that's not what he saw at REV, the way he finished plays. Pac-12 POW. Seven of the eight games has over 100 yards, and the one game he didn't get 100 yards - Cal - it was tough-sledding. But he made an impact with a 70-yard pass TD.

Bob asks if Polk is the best RB ever at UW. He said Millen says yes. Bob likes Dillon. Sark said his vote would be a little biased. Compared to those guys, Polk didn't have anywhere near the players around him. Early on, he earned every yard he got. Kaufman and Dillon were home-run hitters, and he's starting to get to be that way too.

Bob talked about how Polk is about 500 yards or so short, and how Polk wants to be the guy at the top of that list. Sark said to Polk, why not break Charles White's record too?

Bob took a vote of the crowd, and everyone put up their hand when asked of Polk is the best they've seen. Sonny Sixkiller was there, and he had his hand up.

Bob talked about the 100/100 and he assumed Corey Dillon had already done it against SJSU. Sark said Chris got it done a variety of ways. Had to catch passes over his shoulder. Got into some tough-sledding goal-line situations, and he did a great job making sure they were able to pound the ball in there for touchdowns. Spotty in the pass game Saturday, so they leaned on Chris to help get the job done, and that's why he had five touchdowns.

Gas brought the show back in talking about about the team showing great maturity Saturday. They talked last week about re-gaining their mojo and after the first quarter Saturday it was 10-0. But in how they were carrying themselves, he never felt like the game was getting out of hand. Sark said they just needed to start playing offensive football. Minus-10 yards after the first two drives. But holding them to a field goal and getting a score helped, and the crowd getting loud with the penalties helped too. Said it was as loud as he's heard it in some time. But the calls also kind of got the better of them, so they addressed it at half and it helped.

Bob mentioned how the bad calls eventually helped the team because it got everyone all fired up. Sark said that after the Hartvigson play, the crowd was electric from that moment on. They were really helping the defense when they were on the field, and probably helped cause the picks by Fellner and Parker. It energized the team, and it goes hand-in-hand.

Bob said Larry Scott has been very pro-active about improving the officiating, has revamped the system from top to bottom, very NFL-influenced - yet there were a couple calls Saturday that really needed to be explained. Sark said on the Hartvigson play, you have to complete the catch. He disagreed. To the referee's credit, they've done a better job of communicating why calls were made, so it helps to move on. Can still disagree with that call, because he took three steps and ground can't cause a fumble.

Bob asked for his first reaction on when the ruling was upheld, and Sark said he was surprised. Then he chuckled. What can you do? He remembered at Nebraska he was really vocal about a couple bad calls, and it got to him, which spilled over to the time. He wasn't going to let that happen again, so he just moved on. UA was ahead, so he didn't want it to be bigger than it needed to be.

Bob talked in detail about Hartvigson's play, and Sark said again - I didn't go to ref school, and I'll fight for our guys. Told Mike the next time to put two hands on it and get in the end zone.

Gas said instead of hearing the explanations, you should have heard the expletives that were being thrown out after that play.

Gas brought the show back in with one last point about the refs...the whole idea of keeping cheap shots out of the game is good, but it's gone too far - re: Fellner hit. Don't want to see guys get hurt, but want to see good hitting. Can we find a middle ground? Sark said yes. Wasn't a big fan of that call either, because he doesn't think Nate targeted the player above the shoulder. If you're going to throw a seam route and a safety is there, they are always going to be defenseless. There is some gray area there, and the pendulum is swinging toward too far. Don't like saying that, but how do you teach your guys how to tackle? If they try to tackle too low, now you're putting them in jeopardy of injury. It was a hard hit, but the player did get up within a few seconds and did catch the ball. Have to try and learn from it.

Bob asked about the play of the defense. Sark said they made plays to help the team win. UA had been averaging well over 480 yards, and UW held them to about 50 less. Also needed to improve on third down, and they were 3/11. And the way they view red zone, UW held them to 1/4 chances scoring touchdowns. And they were good on third down on their side of the ball, and that's the tale of the tape.

Bob talked about how last week they were concerned of the matchup, and how Sark said they would move the ball but that UW needed to get turnovers late in drives, and they did. Sark said the challenge was going to be third-down stops, holding them to field goals, and also being efficient on offense. Thought going into the season they could be explosive, but they've also been very good in the red zone. 42 points versus 13 points in the red zone for them, and that's the game.

Gas brought the show back in - Gary from Auburn on the phone. Not to beat a dead horse, but when he saw the Fellner hit wondered about what guys like Jack Lambert would think about that call. Is there any way for the league to look at plays to see if they were wrong? Sark said there is a process in place, and when they are wrong they say so, and when they think they are right, they say so. The apology doesn't change anything, though.

Dave in Port Orchard - Called the first show, said he loves the passes to the tight ends. Would be throwing that pass 15 times a game to ASJ if he could. Is there something that prevents Sark from throwing more? Sark said that Price's mobility hasn't allowed them to run those naked bootlegs, so they've had to evolved. As Keith gets healthier, you'll see more movement in the pocket and probably more passes to the TE.

Bob brought in the 91-yard pick six by UA's Robert Golden, they played his call - amazing play to watch, like everything had slowed down. 91 missed tackles. Sark said he almost pulled a Woody Hayes to make a tackle. Johnson bobbles the ball and also looses his footing. Tried to tip it to himself, but tipped it to the other guy. Then it felt like 91 missed tackles. He was wondering, is it our night? But his guys responded.

Gas added that in the score of wacky plays against UA, it's Wildcats 2, Huskies 1.

Big guy in the crowd - Asked about the new rules on what is defined as a reception - brought up a catch by Nate Burleson this year in the NFL. Are the rules interpreted the same way in the NFL and in college now? Bob called him out for delay of game, because of a very long-winded question. Sark asked the officials - how many steps does it take to possess the ball? He never got a clear-cut answer. Said it's like the old Tootsie-Pop commercial - no one really knows.

Gas brought the show back talking about Oregon. Before they start the game, there's going to be a lifetime of memories shared at Husky Stadium. He asked Sark about the '91 team, and he said 'dominant'. Look at some of those scores, and you go ouch! Gas talked about the UA game where the QB got sacked twice by Emtman, called timeout on the third play.

Gas talked about Don James and what he means to UW football, and Sark said they've already talked to the team about coach James and what all these guys mean to the tradition. But they have to make sure they aren't distracted by all the other things going on.

Bob said the greatest souvenir you could take with you leaving Husky Stadium would be a win. And when the wrecking ball comes, everyone that's been to Husky Stadium and has tickets will lose a part of themselves. Sark said walking down the tunnel game day is such a unique experience - said he's getting goosebumps just talking about it - the siren, etc... Very special to be a part of it all, and it's a big reason why he took the job. He knew what Husky Stadium was all about, got his butt kicked in Husky Stadium as a player, and also got to experience it as a coach before taking the job. That's why he lives across the water, so he can look at it every time he comes to work.

Bob asked for memories, and Sark said the 2009 USC game will always be special. USC No. 3 at the time, once the whistle blew 55,000 people on the field, and he's just trying to get to the tunnel. The 2009 UA game, the 2010 OSU game - there's just something in the air here, when you need to make a play it just seems to happen.

Bob talked about the 1977 USC game, Chuck Nelson talks about the 1981 USC game, also brought up the 2000 'Double Whammy' against Miami. Sark said he'll never forget when he played against UW - the barking in the tunnel, the plaques on the wall. It's not just about the stadium, it's about the people who fill it.

Bob asked if Sark remembered hearing from Jason Chorak - "You're going to see me all day long, Sarkisian. All day long!"

Gas talked about the '92 Nebraska game.

Gas brought the show back talking about getting a do-over from two weeks ago, considering Stanford and Oregon are at the elite level. Sark said that there's something to be said for getting another crack at a top team. They get another chance to put their best foot forward. Talked about the Nebraska game and how they were given a chance to rectify that in the bowl game and they did. Said he watched the two Oregon games, and a lack of depth hurt them, but they have depth now that can hopefully keep up with UO.

Bob talked about the speed of Oregon and DeAnthony Thomas, and Sark said that anytime you run a sub-10.3 100 meters in HS, that's fast. And he's playing fast - not only on offense, but now on special teams. So you have James, Barner and now Thomas, and you have to account for them on every snap.

Bob talked about how they don't miss a beat with Bennett taking over for Thomas at times, and Sark said they don't. They've been relying more on their run game, and that's good coaching.

Bob talked about the timing of playing the game, with UO having to play Stanford next week. Sark said he doesn't know about that, but the team is in a good frame of mind, and they are relatively healthy. Not 100 percent - probably won't have James Johnson Saturday - but other than him they are looking OK. And they'll need them all to play against UO.

Bob mentioned how once upon a time, someone said 'All I saw was Purple', and maybe UW has it in them to produce a similar quote Saturday night. Sark said that he - like the Big Guy said - hopes that UW's final memory at Husky Stadium can be their best memory ever.

The guys wish Sark and the team the best of luck.

End of show.

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Chris Fetters:
10/31/2011
3:06 pm

Steve Sarkisian Monday Press Conference Quotes

Opening Comments - "In recapping the Arizona game, I thought our kids played hard. They played with a lot of passion, played physical...but we can play much better. I don't think we played - or executed - nearly enough to what we're capable of. And so that part is something we need to address. We're better than the way we played Saturday night, so we need to work on some things to rectify that. But it was great to get a win; it was great to see our kids overcome through some adversity and to continue to battle and to compete. That part being said and putting that to bed - 24 hours is up - it was great to get the win and it was a tremendous atmosphere here Saturday night, the blackout against Arizona. We'll move forward, and we'll get ready to play Oregon here Saturday: The last game at Husky Stadium; all the things going on - the '91 team coming back, coach James doing the coin toss, senior day - all the stuff that's coming into the game. One of the unique challenges for us to to focus on the task at hand - and that's playing the Oregon Ducks, with LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, and DeAnthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner, and Kaddu, Dion Jordan, Boyett - all the stuff they have - we have to make sure that we're focused on the team of the Oregon Ducks and not get caught up in all the things that are surrounding the ball game and prepare for the Ducks. When the ball game comes around and we have opportunities to enjoy the experiences Saturday night, enjoy them when they are presented to us."

On biggest point of emphasis against the Ducks - "Win, I guess would be the biggest point of emphasis. They obviously present a great deal of challenges with their overall team speed, whether it's offense, defense, or special teams. And again, our ability to capitalize on opportunities. I feel like the last two years, we've been unable to do that. In the first halves of both ball games we've been in the red zone and haven't had the success that we are accustomed to having. We've settled for field goals and we've gone for it on 4th down and not converted. And in turn, I think we've moved the ball relatively well early in the ball games, but haven't gotten the points on the board needed when you're playing a team like Oregon. And the other point of emphasis is finding a way in the middle of the third quarter to be fresh defensively so we can hang with 'em. Because I think we've played decent defense against them for two-and-a-half quarters for two years in a row now, but have run out of gas in the last 20 plays of the game. That's where they've really hurt us."

On Chip Kelly not announcing injuries and if that's a challenge for UW - "It doesn't bother me either way. They're fast...I don't care if it's 21, 24 or 6 running the ball, they run really fast."

On Keith Price making his first start at Oregon and what he saw - "I saw that the moment wasn't too big for him. He was able to go into Autzen Stadium against the No. 1 team in the country and play. I don't think he was perfect. I wish we were a little bit better around him; we had a few drops and we had an illegal formation that got a touchdown called back at the end of the first half, so I would have liked to have played a little better around him, but what I learned was that the moment wasn't too big for him. He stepped in and played and wasn't by any means rattled by it."

On the offensive slow start against Arizona - "It was just us. We were trying too hard. We were too jarred up. Maybe I was trying to make it a point that we were going to come out and play passionate, energetic football, and we tried too hard. We had some penalties that were uncharacteristic for us. I think Jermaine hits a guy late and it's a 15-yard penalty, and Drew's been a tremendous snapper all year, but in shotgun his first snap is a little high and wide...which tells me that we were a little too jarred up, trying a little too hard. But I thought once we were able to settle down and play the way we were capable of playing, it got better for us. But that still didn't totally hold true; for us to drop two balls and then to get intercepted...things like that are uncharacteristic for the way we play the game. I thought our guys continued to battle and fought through some of that. It wasn't easy that way. Once games can get going like that, it can get hard on you. It can get tense. And I thought our guys fought through."

On if he gets the sense that the Oregon game is a bigger rivalry game than WSU - "No. I don't, no."

On Oregon's transformation - "A couple of things. They've recruited well. An old football saying, ‘It's not about the X's and O's, it's about the Jimmies and the Joes.' And they've got some real Jimmies and Joes – on both sides of the ball, and they've had them for a few years. I think that's part of it. I think their dedication to the spread, no-huddle, full-speed attack offensively has helped change that. And I think a shift in defensive philosophy has helped as well. They went from a static, four-down defensive front to now more of an odd, very pressure-oriented defense where they're pressuring a lot, and there's a lot of movement going on. I think those three facts have really factored into getting them where they are."

On Keith Price and running the ball - "I'm trying to get him more comfortable in running. When you're coming off injuries and you've got a high ankle sprain, sometimes your confidence isn't there even though the injury isn't as bad as it has been. So we've made it a point in the games to give him a few carries to get him going because it is a factor to our offense and to his game when we have the ability to do that. I thought he moved much better Saturday night, and we'll probably challenge him even throughout the week this week of getting him running, getting him moving, so that he's more comfortable come Saturday night again come Oregon."

On having success in the retrun game - "I think we've been pretty good all year, honestly, on kickoff returns, whether it's Jesse or Kevin. It starts up front, being able to get on your blocks, stick on your blocks, staying on blocks. Danny Shelton, Thomas Tutogi -- you probably wouldn't think with kickoff return you're sending out a 330-pound nose tackle and a 255-pound middle linebacker as kind of your fullbacks, but they do a nice job of getting on their blocks and creating space in running lanes. Then all of the guys up front that are turning and running and getting on blocks have done a nice job. That's Johnny Timu, it's Princeton Fuimaono, it's Jamaal Kearse, it's those types of guys, Timmy Tucker, that maybe not always get the recognition for that kind of stuff but have done a nice job."

Why Danny Shelton and Thomas Tutogi? - Well, for big guys they're pretty athletic. As guys are running down at your returner, and you can't do the wedge anymore, you want to give them some deterrent of maybe not wanting to run through these two guys that, if you try, are going to hit you pretty hard. And so that's been the thought process behind it."

On odds of DeAnthony Thomas coming to UW - No. I didn't think so. I didn't think we were really in it. Recruiting's recruiting. You get a sense for when you're really in stuff and when you're not, and I didn't think we were really in it. I'd known DeAnthony since he was a freshman in high school, I'd just been around him since my time at SC and knowing him growing up, I didn't think we had a real shot."

On Chris Polk's evolution from high school - "Sure, sure. You know, in high school he was really more of a scat back. He was a guy who played some running back, some wide receiver, some in the slot. But the one thing that was very clear even in high school was how physically he finished runs. Even when he was a wide receiver, on the sidelines, he was a physical guy. Now, where he's at, he's a pure tailback. You guys see where he's lined up. He's in the I formation and he does all the kinds of runs, the powers, the inside zones, the outside zone, the toss play. He still finished runs extremely well. That's why he gets so many yards after contact. And, a credit to our offensive staff, I think we are utilizing his receiving skills much better than we have in the past. So he's definitely evolved. And the other way he's evolved is, I think, from a maturity level. He's really matured, not only on the field but off the field. He's been a very good leader for our team. Again, I said it the other night, but I am very proud of him because of that as much for what he is doing on the field."

On anecdotes describing Polk's off-the-field maturity - "You know, I think early in the year, one thing that jumps out at me was when Keith was throwing all those touchdown passes and a lot of which are coming within the 15-yard-line or so, I think a guy that might be a little immature could be getting a bit selfish and saying 'Why am I not getting it? Why am I not running in more touchdowns? Why am I not scoring more touchdowns?' -- if he is concerned with what other guys are doing around the country. I never heard one word from Chris about it. Chris was the first guy, when Jesse scored his first touchdown, that was off the bench to celebrate with him, or when Bishop scored his first touchdown Chris was the first guy running into the end zone -- Chris wasn't even in on the play -- to go celebrate with him. I think that shows a real sense of maturity about the guy, that it's bigger than him and how important winning is to him. So I definitely see it in that aspect of it. He's happy for the guys when they are making their plays. And I think in turn the guys are really genuinely happy for him. They know how hard he works."

Should Chis Polk be in a conversation for the Heisman Trophy? - "Sure. I mean, I think he's playing at a very high level. And he's doing in a variety of ways. He's not a one-dimensional player. There's a lot that goes into the Heisman. I understand that. I've been around it enough to know that it comes down to the guy who is on the team that is winning moreso than maybe the best player all the time. But I do know if you are going to have a Heisman Trophy conversation, Chris Polk should be in that conversation."

On being bowl-eligible, and how it's different now from how they had to get to be bowl-eligible last year - "Well, part of that is, that was good for us. That felt like playoff football for us at the end of last season. How important every game was, and the preparation for each ball game. Now, I think we can still keep that edge because there's still a lot out there for us, but it's also in a sense of, in my opinion, sometimes we play our best football when it's not as tense, when we are a little bit more relaxed. We are a pretty fun-loving group, having fun, but yet intense and enthusiastic and energetic and all the things that go into who we are, I am kind of excited to watch us play now. We are kind of playing with house money a little bit. We've brought what we've brought, and we've got what we needed to get, and now we get to go play and have fun playing the game like we know we are capable of playing. And so it will be interesting to watch. Again, it's a little bit foreign territory for us in our tenure here. There will be some things that need to get talked to and get talked about, to make sure that we are in the right frame of mind as we head into these ball games here down the last month of the seasons."

On how he hopes to combat UO's second-half strength and how that will show up in practice - "Well, I get to go back and play quarterback this week, which is fun. Get my workout in, running around. I think one of things for us, and something we haven't been able to do the last couple years that I think we can do now, is we've got to play more guys on defense. And we've got to play them early in the game. We can't wait until they are tired to substitute for them. You have to substitute them earlier. And I think we have enough depth on special teams to combat some of that. I've thought special teams has been a real area where they have taken advantage of us the last couple years, and I think that's a phase in our game where we are much improved. So hopefully that, to go along with our efficiency in the red zone, will help us to, let's get this game into the fourth quarter and keep playing with them."

Do you change your offensive philosophy to keep them on the field longer - "Nah. We've got to score. I think we're at a point as a football team that one of our strengths is our ability to be efficient and to score, especially in the red zone, to create some big plays. And I don't want to lose that about us. So I'm not trying to go in here to milk the clock and things of that nature. We've got to try to score. We've got to try to move the ball."

On the ruling for the Hartvigson catch - "He didn't complete the catch in their view of the play."

Did you really think it wasn't a catch? - "I guess that's why we're not all officials. I don't know."

On NFL officials reffing Pac-12 games - "I think the communication's much better this year, I'll say that. They've really tried to communicate better with us as coaches, or at least myself – I can't speak for the other guys – and being on the same page of what to expect and what's to come. And I appreciate that. As long as there's communication and the game's called evenly, that's all you can ask for. I don't expect them to be perfect. Human nature's human nature. We're going to miss some. It's like an umpire. I'm watching the World Series the other night, and it sure looked like Strike 3, and it was Ball 4 to walk in another run with the bases loaded. But as long as it's fair, I have no problem with it.

On Oregon's team speed - "I think so. We are not the biggest group in the world. I think that we have adhered to the sense that in this day and age in college football you'd better be able to play in space because there are so many teams that are spreading you out and there is so much movement on the line, slanting and moving on the defensive line, that if your players can't play in space and redirect you are going to be in trouble over the long haul in college football, and so I'd like to think we are a little better suited towards that. But Oregon can give you that deception that man, they are just going to spread you out and spread you out and then they run power or inside zone right at you and you'd better be able to anchor in and defend those plays as well.''

On Oregon's defense - "I think they are really good. I think a little bit is, their numbers are a bit skewed because they've faced more plays than other teams face because their offense goes so far. But if you look at average yards per play they have a very good number. So they are playing good defense, they just have to defend more snaps than most teams do.''

On getting defensive substitutions in more quickly - "You have to go, and when they sub we have to sub. The rule is if they are going to sub somebody that they have to give us at least three seconds as well, so when they sub you have to sub, it's very similar to basketball it just happens quicker. When they send someone to the scorer's table you have to send your guy to the scorer's table and be on point in your timing with them?"

Is there anyone on staff who handles that - "No. Defensive line wise, I know coach Nansen working with coach Holt handles the defensive line substitutions. Coach Cox handles the linebacker substitutions and coach Martin who is on the field for us handles the secondary subs.''

On Oregon's QB situation - "It's not a whole lot different. They are running their plays. They both run the ball extremely well when they get their opportunities to. They are accurate passers. I think it's a nice luxury that they have that they have two guys that they feel like can go in and move their offense and create big plays for them in the run game or the pass game.''

On expecting to see both Thomas and Bennett play - "We've just got to defend their offense quite honestly. This is nothing against a Darron Thomas or a Bryan Bennett, but our concerns are a little bit more of 21, 24 and 6 --- if you blink they are in the end zone so we've got to make sure we understand where they are at all times whether it's at running back or in the slot at wide receiver and doing all the things they are doing with those guys.''

On DeAnthony Thomas - "Sure, electric player. For the number of touches he has in comparison to how many touchdowns he has already scored, it's an unbelievable stat. And now he is doing it in the kick return game, as well. We saw that last week. So really, again the ultimate challenge in this game is understanding where those three guys are because they move them around constantly. They are motioning them and they've got different formations and to recognize where they are has got to be one of the key components to the game.''

On playing with house money meaning the staff will take more chances Saturday than normal - "That would be giving up my poker face then and see how I play with house money to figure that out.''

On Chip Kelly - "I think the world of Chip. We've got a very good relationship. I probably communicate with Chip as much as any other coach in our conference in season or out of season. I think he's done a tremendous job at Oregon and they've gotten better since he's taken over. It's a real tribute and credit to him. I think that a lot of the natural things that you do when you take over a program that is successful already is say 'let's just stay the course and keep doing what they are doing.' And I think Chip really went in and said I want to change all of these things and different things and you see the changes they have made and they have improved because of it.''

Did you get an explanation for the Nate Fellner hit? - "I haven't gotten that one completely. I think part of that is the defenseless receiver. And it's getting called everywhere right now. It's a challenge. It's a challenge for our kids of how to tackle. Because at some point, the lower they keep going, he's endangering himself by putting his head down to go low. There's a fine line there. Obviously no one wants to get hurt on either side of the ball. But football is football. I don't want to take our kids' stinger away from them when they have opportunities to make hits like that and to be a presence and a factor in the middle of the field. But we need to do that in the within the guidelines of the rules."

We've seen you try and get on Nate at practice about some of the same things - "We try. I've tried. I will continue to try. That's part of coaching. In my humble opinion of the play, I didn't think that was a penalty. But that's neither here nor there. As you go through it, you have to accept the calls as they come and you have to learn from them. Part of it in practice is really protecting our team, we want to make sure we play well on Saturday. I don't need hitting guys in our practice that are defenseless if that could hinder us on Saturday."

Can you talk about the quick tempo of some of your plays, and is that a key for you? - "It's something that we used to do in the past mostly in short yardage or goal line-type situations. We felt like if it can work in those settings, then why can't it just be part of our offense in a sense. It was pretty effective for us the other night. Some games it s more effective than others, depending on the style of defense we are playing and the way they line up. I thought it was good for us the other night. Obviously not just in the middle field but in some of the goal line settings."

The big play to Kasen was he first option on that play? - "He was the primary read on the play. The challenge with Kasen as we were getting going with the high ankle sprain is how much the ankle could handle and how it was coming. I think he had his best week of work last week. I think he got 10 offensive plays and was pretty productive in the 10 plays he was in. I would expect his role to be increased this week just because of the health factor. He's getting back into the flow of the game. He's such a strong catcher and such a physical guy that when he gets those one on one matchups, he can make plays for us."

How's the health of the rest of your team? - "James (Johnson) is still pretty nicked up. He's in a walking boot with the ankle. Tony Gobern coming off the concussion is making all the right progress to be ready to play Saturday."

Does Justin Glenn have a chance to play? - "He just wasn't quite right. He knew it. Even at halftime, we talked to him and he just didn't feel quite right. We have enough depth at the safety spot to be okay. But I'd like to have Justin available this week so that we can really roll our safeties and keep them fresh."

What is your emotional attachment to Husky Stadium? - "You know part of the reason I took this job was really because of Husky Stadium. You do your research as best you can about job when you interview for a job – who's your boss going to be, what's the roster look like, what's the history, what's the tradition. Part of it was Husky Stadium, my experience coming here as a player and just getting my brains beat in from BYU. Coming here as a coach in my experience with SC and coaching in Husky Stadium. Just the intimidation factor it brought, the crowd noise, the experience of the fans. I've always admired the stadium. Now having the opportunity to have coached in it for three years and have some really cool special moments that I will never forget and will be with me for a lifetime, as I view it, the stadium means so much to this football program. But I can't even imagine in 18 months from now when the new Husky Stadium how much more it's really going to mean to this program and university. I'm excited for the sledge hammer to come, for the process to start. 18 months can't come fast enough. The process will be a unique one, coming down ad practicing on the East field, but one that is much needed. It will be a great experience for fans when we get back into the new Husky Stadium. It will be tremendous for recruiting. I'm excited for it. But I'm just sitting back thinking I can't believe come Monday, Husky Stadium is coming down."

Is anyone from the 91 team coming in to talk to the team? - "The 91 team is coming. I don't think I'll have anything formal where they'll talk to our team."

On any uniform changes for Saturday? - "Nah, we haven't even decided, but we won't wear any throwbacks or anything."

What's the importance of facilities to today's kids? - "I think it's a real factor. From a facilities standpoint Oregon has done a really nice job of staying at the front of the line with the things they are doing. I think it's a factor. Kids want to know whether it's the weight room, the training room, the locker room that they are at a state of the art facilities and it's just like anything. It's like being in the National Football League and you're a free agent on a tour around and you go to some of the new facilities and you go somewhere like the VMAC and that's why they're able to sign free agents and that kind of thing, because guys like those features and opportunities to have when they go to school somewhere."

On having the 91 team around and what they mean to the program - "I'm going to talk to it today as soon as I get with these guys. It's going to be one of the first things we touch on. We all want to play well Saturday night, that goes without saying and for all the right reasons. But for us to play well Saturday night, we have to practice well today, tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and friday and in order for us to practice well we need to prepare well mentally and physically, emotionally and to do that we can't get caught up in the things that are going on around us. Whether Lincoln Kennedy is in town or Steve Emtman is in town or it's senior night and how many tickets are being given out to this person or Coach James is there, there is so much other stuff involved for us to enjoy that experience saturday night our focus has to be on that game and that has to start today."

On if the spread offense is here to stay, or if it's just a fad - "Oregon has elite talent. I don't think it's just going to go away. I don't think it will go away for ever, but I do think the spread offense has evolved. I think the spread offense was put in place initially for teams to throw the ball, that could get the ball out of their hands quickly, the quick game, spread teams out and I'm going back and thinking Purdue with Drew Brees and that offense when they were getting going. And now the spread offense has evolved into more of a running offense and formations where teams are getting into the spread to get an extra blocker with the quarterback and the zone read stuff and the true quarterback runs, so I don't know if it's ever going to go away completely but I do think it's continually evolving. We refer to Oregon as a spread offense, but you watch them on film and they're in a bunch of two tight end sets and a bunch of two back and tight end sets, so we talk about them as a spread offense but they're not nearly as spread as they use to be a few years ago, so I think it's an evolving offense that will continue to evolve."

On the evolution of your red zone efficiency - "It's a real credit to the respect that Chris gets in the red zone and the coverages we get and it's a tribute to Keith and his ability to be efficient in the red zone. He's been extremely accurate, he's throwing it to the right guys and we've made our plays in the red zone. it's nice when you can be balanced and you don't know if it's a run or a pass and things of that nature but keith is allowing the system to work and No. 1 when we get the coverages that we want is physical enough to score the ball running the ball, but has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and do the things he's doing there as well. We've got quite a bit of versatility to our offense that when we're in the red zone we're not nearly as one dimensional as we use to be."

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Eric Dore:
10/31/2011
2:00 pm

Cort Dennison Monday Quotes

On keeping contain against Oregon: "It's hard.  I think the biggest thing with these guys is to eliminate the big plays and to force turnovers.  Obviously they're going to get their yards, they're a great football team, but when you win the turnover battle you can often times win games so I think the biggest thing for us is the turnover battle and eliminating big plays."

 

On playing Oregon for the fourth time: "I knew how good of a football team they were, I knew how competitive all our games were going to be.  Ever since I've been here nothing has changed.  They're a great team with a lot of speed and they've been successful in the past for a reason because they do things right and when you do things wrong they're going to take advantage of you.  When you watch them on film they're impressive and it tells with their record and how high they're ranked."

 

On the key to open field tackling: "I think it's a lot of things, running your feet, trying to grab anything you can, keeping your head up – you don't put your head down because they're so elusive and they're so fast.  There's a lot of things that go into it but also you need a lot of guys running to the ball because if there is that one person who does miss a tackle, people need to be running to the ball to help make up for it and not letting a big play occur.  Every game there's going to be open field tackles, every game that we play there is going to be one on one situations so I don't think there is going to be anything different about this week.  We have to do that game in and game out."

 

On if there is a heated rivalry amongst the players: "Yeah it's fun, we like playing these guys.  It's a fun environment, it's fun on the field.  There's some heated discussions on the field always but that's what makes college football so fun and that's what makes this rivalry so fun."

 

On not beating Oregon in a while: "If you're a competitor like we are, we don't like to look at the past and what's happened, but the past is the past and this year is a new year and we got to worry about where we are now and where they are now as a football team and focus on this week."

 

On how big the rivalry is with Oregon compared to other schools: "They're up there, both schools have a lot of pride.  We have a lot of respect for each other but we also realize that it's a fun and heated rivalry and it's going to be a fun game on Saturday."

 

On walking down the tunnel for the final time: "I realize that a lot of our seniors have been through a lot here.  We've been as low as low can go and come back and done some good things.  We realize that all of our hard work and dedication are starting to pay off and all those times we practiced in that stadium and all the times we've played in there are coming to an end.  You can't let the emotions get out of hand you still got a football game you have to play, a very important football game and we'll do our best to control our emotions and realize we still have a game to play.  It'll be fun but we still have a task at hand."

 

On his favorite Husky Stadium moment: "Every moment is my favorite.  I just remember the first time I walked out onto the field it was my red-shirt freshman year and we played Boise State and I just couldn't believe how many fans were there and how big it was.  You just get chills every time.  I got chills then I get chills now, every time I walk out of the tunnel is something 30-40 years from now I'm going to look back on, I'll realize the special experience I lived out.  It's an opportunity of a lifetime to play for the Huskies and there's never a moment that I take for granted."

 

On Andrew Hudson saying bowl eligibility is expected: "I think you should expect to win every game and you should expect to go to a bowl game every year.  Why work so hard in the off-season, why do so many things during the season if you don't expect to go to a bowl game?  I like how he said that, I like that's the demeanor of the guys and it should be.  This is a very proud and rich football tradition and the standard should be set high and kept there."

 

On the significance of becoming bowl eligible with games yet to play: "Yeah like you said we expect to go to a bowl game and I'm just proud of all the guys.  We're sticking with it especially with the game we had against Stanford we were pretty beat up and you can either do two things when you get beat up – stay down or get up and start swinging again.  I think that's what we did last week in order to become bowl eligible we were just really resilient and we stuck together as a team especially in that fourth quarter.  When you play hard and do things right, good things happen so I'm really proud of the guys."

 

On how close he's come to hitting Sark when he lines up as scout team QB: "Pretty close last year.  Me and Mason, Sark is pretty good at talking with us when we're out there, he's letting us know how many balls he's completing and stuff.  So there was a couple of times last year when I looked at Mason and Mason looked at me and we just said if he says one more thing I'm going to trip supposedly, but I'm going to take him out.  We love Coach Sark, we love when he comes out and plays with us, it's a lot of fun and he's a great quarterback.  He can still throw the ball."

On if he can take Sark out since he's a Senior: "I don't know, maybe I might do something this week just for fun, but I don't want to hurt him too bad, I don't want him limping around on the sidelines for Saturday.  It's going to be a fun week of practice; it's going to be just a fun week in general.  It's going to be a week that I remember for a long time and it's going to be a great game on Saturday."



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Eric Dore:
10/31/2011
1:38 pm

Keith Price Monday Quotes

On becoming bowl eligible: "It's definitely nice being bowl eligible but we still have a long ways to go."

 

On any regrets after the Arizona game: "Obviously the interceptions I just can't turn the ball over three times this week.  There's no way we'll win the game if I throw three interceptions."

 

On if he could have done anything differently on his fluky interceptions: "It's just turnovers in general and that's my fault."

 

On his interception that was called back because of PI why there was only one receiver in the pattern: "Actually it was just a one man route and I just got to throw the ball better."

 

On his start in Eugene last year: "Oh man it was fun, it was my first time starting and they threw a lot of blitzes out there and that's just some of their schemes, but they have a good team, a really good team."

 

On if there's any value to playing against a team he already played against: "No, I know these guys pretty good, but they do a lot of different stuff so I just got to be prepared for all their looks."

 

On how fast the game in Eugene was: "My first two series everything was moving kinda quick, kinda fast and then I started to adjust to the game speed."

 

On if he likes the designed runs for himself: "Oh yeah I like to run, I like to run but I'm not sure how much run stuff we got here right now but we'll see."

 

On how much throwing to Polk was part of the gameplan: "I knew we had a lot of stuff called up for him just taking advantage of our mismatches and they were playing a lot of cover-one so we knew that it was going to have to be a linebacker sticking Chris and Chris was running good routes and was getting open."

 

On his legs getting healthy: "Oh yeah they're getting a little bit better, each week they're getting better so hopefully I can continue to run."

 

On what he took away from his first start: "Just adjusting to the game speed and really paying attention to the looks you're getting during the game was the biggest thing and not just playing the game blind.  I think that was the biggest thing I took away from the game."

 

On if the last game and festivities of Husky Stadium could be a distraction: "Oh no we're going to treat it like a new game.  We know that we need this game just like any other game so we're going to treat this game just like any other game."

 

On not beating Oregon in a while: "No nobody has really said anything about it, we just know that this is a new game and we're just going to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for this game."

 

On how different Oregon is defensively from other teams: "We'll find out our protection stuff and how we're going to go against that.  I'm not too worried about it I'm just going to stick to my rules."

 

On if 6-2 was expected/surprise/disappointment: "Obviously you want to win every game, but I'm not disappointed with 6-2."

 

On if he's aware how much the fanbases hate each other: "(Laughs) Oh yeah I'm aware, but I'm not trying to get caught up in all that stuff, it's a ball game."

 

On Oregon recruiting him out of high school: "Oregon is a great program and I like the program, but I was just taking my trips then so I wasn't sure where I was going to go."

 

On his favorite part of Husky Stadium: "Favorite part – I love third downs in Husky Stadium.  It gets real loud and crazy.  I love the tunnel before games, it gets loud, you can hear the fans roaring and it just brings adrenaline to your body."

 

On the facilities at Oregon: "Oh man everything was first class.  Everything is nice; indoor facilities, locker room, classrooms, everything is pretty nice so it was fun, it was a good experience."

 

On if recruits can get caught up in the facilities: "Oh yeah definitely I think so.  All the new uniforms, there's just a lot going on, but it's a great place to play."

 

On showing up better against a ranked team: "We're just going to come out like a regular game.  We're not worried about none of the rankings or any of that.  We're just going to play our best game and that's when I think we play the best."

 

On how slow Polk has been moving the last couple days: "(Laughs) He's a little banged up, but I know he'll be ready to go on Saturday."

 

On if Oregon's team speed changes things for him: "Oh no we're going to continue to play the brand of football that we play, but they do have a lot of speed on their defense and offense so we just got to prepare for that and we'll be ready to go."

 

On if the team tenses up against better competition: "I think when we start getting behind in games we feel that we have to catch up and go out of the ordinary to play good football and I think that once we settle down and get used to playing behind it won't be such a big deal with us."



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Scott Panitz:
10/31/2011
1:20 pm

Andrew Hudson Monday Quotes

On what the defense needs to do to combat Oregon's offense:

"Playing Oregon, I would say that we have to come fast, come ready to play quickly, and that's from not just the hype of the game – it's always been like that first and second quarter – but finishing.  Coming with that same speed in the third and fourth quarter."

 

On the depth this year helping to prevent the team from wearing down:
"Definitely [help] keeping all of our guys fresh.  We have, on offense, three active running backs who all do a really good job, and on defense we have plenty of D-lineman, some of them like me, Talia [Crichton], Josh [Shirley], that can play multiple positions.  And with our packages and formations, I feel that we'll be fresh throughout the whole game and that'll be a huge thing to have."

 

On his different role Saturday against Arizona:
"It was fun, I felt I was in the whole game, not just in maybe a few plays here and there because someone messed up, but I was actually able to get a feel for the game throughout the whole game, get used to the offensive linemen, what worked and what didn't, and that helped us on defense just getting free."

 

On if he likes playing inside when they have him in there:

"It all depends on how well I play because sometimes it can be a tough spot to be in because you don't have as much space to work with as a d-end.  Sometimes if they're just running at us it can be a little different.  It's a little tighter of a space than I'm used to."

 

On working with the starters all week last week getting him more mentally prepared for the game:

"It did.  It didn't catch me off guard Saturday; I was ready the whole time with no doubt that I was going to play.  It helped me throughout practice.  Last week I had the mentality of someone who I thought would inspire me to play active and that was Ray Lewis.  I just was playing actively during practice, I didn't take a down off and it paid off and I got to play a lot of Saturday."

 

On the challenge presented by Oregon's offense to a defensive end:

"Just being disciplined, keeping it inside, not losing contain on the quarterback.  The more we can get them to run downhill, the more we can play a tougher game of football.  I feel we'll be pretty good if we can keep everything inside."

On what it means to be bowl-eligible:

"I feel like for most of us, especially for me and my class, it's kind of an expected kind of thing.  Coming in here as a freshman and going to a bowl was cool, but I think losing was the most unfamiliar part of it because a lot of us come from high schools that are pretty dominant and being able to get back to that, it's becoming more comfortable.  That's how we practice and I just hope we can keep that going."



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Chris Fetters:
10/31/2011
9:30 am

UW Weekly Depth Chart Released

Washington's Depth Chart vs. Oregon

OFFENSE:

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
Michael 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

DEFENSE:

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

DT -
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 - Will Shamburger 6-0 192, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco OR
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

SPECIAL TEAMS:

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

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