Dawg Blog - OSU

Benny Beaver (US PRESSWIRE)

It's time to take on those snarling Black Bandits from Benton County! You know who I'm talking about - the Oregon State Beavers. And anytime you have to travel to Corvallis this time of year, you can forget about whatever OSU's current record is - the Beavers won't surrender to anybody. So Washington needs to recover, and recover quick if they plan on pulling out another Pac-12 road win.

Chris Fetters:
11/16/2011
7:12 pm

Oregon State Depth Chart versus Washington

Oregon State's Depth Chart

Offense

Split End (X)
- 2 Markus Wheaton Jr. 6-0 178
86 Obum Gwacham RSFr. 6-5 223

Slotback ® - 23 Jordan Bishop Jr. 6-3 205
84 Kevin Cummings So. 6-1 178
81 Micah Hatfield So. 6-0 174

LT - 50 Mike Remmers Sr. 6-5 303
71 Grant Enger So. 6-5 281

LG - 69 Josh Andrews So. 6-2 295
61 Michael Lamb Sr. 6-3 290

C - 70 Grant Johnson Sr. 6-4 293 OR
62 Geoff Garner So. 6-5 308
65 Roman Sapolu RSFr. 6-2 269

RG - 71 Grant Enger So. 6-5 281
74 Burke Ellis Sr. 6-5 292
61 Michael Lamb Sr. 6-3 290

RT - 64 Colin Kelly Jr. 6-5 295
75 Derek Nielsen RSFr. 6-4 270

TE - 82 Colby Prince Jr. 6-5 260
89 Connor Hamlett RSFr. 6-7 258

H-Back - 87 Joe Halahuni Sr. 6-2 255

QB - 4 Sean Mannion RSFr. 6-5 218
12 Ryan Katz Jr. 6-1 214
14 Cody Vaz So. 6-0 190

TB - 35 Malcolm Agnew Fr. 5-8 188
34 Jordan Jenkins Jr. 6-1 205
28 Terron Ward Fr. 5-7 189
19 Jovan Stevenson So. 5-11 193

Flanker (Z) - 1 James Rodgers Sr. 5-7 188
13 Brandin Cooks Fr. 5-9 190

FB - Clayton York Jr. 6-0 225
33 Tyler Anderson RSFr. 5-10 215

Defense

Left End - 45 Dylan Wynn Fr. 6-2 240
78 Rudolf Fifita Jr. 6-3 263

Left Tackle - 74 Kevin Frahm Sr. 6-3 281
93 Mana Rosa So. 6-3 268

Right Tackle - 49 Andrew Seumalo Jr. 6-3 281
79 Joe Lopez RSFr. 6-0 275 OR
66 Ben Motter Sr. 6-5 285

Right End - 95 Scott Crichton RSFr. 6-3 258
56 Rusty Fernando Jr. 6-3 232
99 John Braun So. 6-5 275

SAM - 5 Cameron Collins Sr. 6-2 238
13 Rueben Robinson Jr. 6-3 238
4 D.J. Welch Fr. 6-2 223

MLB - 41 Feti Unga Jr. 6-1 243 OR
43 Tony Wilson Jr. 6-1 231 OR
13 Rueben Robinson Jr. 6-3 238
47 Josh Williams Fr. 6-0 226

WIL - 40 Michael Doctor So. 6-0 222
4 D.J. Welch Fr. 6-2 223
46 Shiloah Te'o Jr. 5-10 226

LCB - 14 Jordan Poyer Jr. 6-0 190
20 Keynan Parker Jr. 5-11 183

S - 3 Anthony Watkins Jr. 6-1 218
26 Josh LaGrone Jr. 6-1 201
8 Tyrequek Zimmerman Fr. 5-11 188

S - 10 Lance Mitchell Sr. 6-2 207
25 Ryan Murphy RSFr. 6-3, 209

RCB - 16 Rashaad Reynolds So. 5-10 185
6 Sean Martin So. 6-0 183
38 Brian Watkins Jr. 5-9 186

Specialists

PAT-FG/Kickoff - 12 Trevor Romaine Fr. 5-10 193
18 Max Johnson RSFr. 5-10 186

Snapper - 57 Marcus Perry Sr. 5-11 230
58 Michael Morovick RSFr. 6-0 217

Holder
- 7 Johnny Hekker Sr. 6-5 221
48 Keith Kostol RSFr. 6-3 182

Punter - 7 Johnny Hekker Sr. 6-5 221
48 Keith Kostol RSFr. 6-3 182

Punt Returns - 14 Jordan Poyer Jr. 6-0 190
28 Terron Ward Fr. 5-7 189

Kickoff Returns - 13 Brandin Cooks Fr. 5-9 190
28 Terron Ward Fr. 5-7 189
22 Malcolm Marable RSFr. 5-7 164

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Chris Fetters:
11/17/2011
6:20 pm

Steve Sarkisian Thursday Quotes

Why inside? - "I just really wanted to focus on the details of the game plan. We had two good days outside, the last two days. Today was about really fine tuning things and make sure we are on point."

On the decision to pick Nick - "It just felt right. I loved how Nick had looked the last couple of days. Keith's not 100 percentage, obviously you can tell.. I thought Keith looked much better today.  He's moving better. I think he'll be available in emergency status on Saturday. For our team it's the right thing to do. For Keith it was the right thing to do. Nicky's earned it, he's done a nice job."

Something happened this morning?
- "It's tough to put a kid in there that hasn't practiced all week. I don't think it's fair to Keith. I don't' think its fair to our football team. Nick has shown the progress and the understanding of what we are trying to do in the game and has executed well."

On Alameda's ankle - "It was actually from the (USC) game. We just wanted to rest it, quite honestly. He has rolled ankle and we just wanted to get the swelling out of it. He'll play."

Could Keith play next week? - "Yeah, that's the idea. We just want to get healthy."

Nick and having peace of mind knowing that he's starting - "I think it's big. I actually called him last night. I had a feeling last night after watching the film. Let it settle in feeling. The confidence in knowing that we believe him and his team believes in him."

Why did you decide last night? - "For him, in those elements yesterday that we had outside, I thought he'd thrown the ball about as good as I've seen a guy throw it in those elements. I was just really impressed with what he did."

Where Montana has progressed the most - "I think just ultimately the speed in which he's playing. He's gotten faster and faster and faster. It's never been about his smarts. He's a bright kid. Obviously he understands the system, and you get more of an understanding when you start to learn defenses. Those two things coming together, with his mechanics, have allowed him to play faster."

On the defense
- "I just think, regardless of who we're playing, I think we've improved – I really do. We've got, obviously, a challenge in their ability to throw the football, Oregon State, with all four of those guys – the three wideouts and the tight end. We've got our work cut out for us on that aspect of it. But the key for us is we've always got to stop the run, initially. Hopefully, we can apply some pressure to the quarterback. But to do that, we've got to cover well down the field."

On OSU changing now that they heard Nick Montana is starting - "I don't think so. We're not changing, and I doubt they're changing. We've got our offense in place, and we can't change it overnight; we'll call the things accordingly. They've got a defense that they've been running for years now, that they know extremely well, and they'll execute it."

On OSU pressuring a young quarterback - "That is a school of thought for some people. For other people, it is sit back, play zone and wait them out. There is two sides to it."

On what you've seen from the OL this week - "I thought they've gotten better. It was an intense week. Got a little chippy the last couple days in full pads. Their pride is a little bruised, and they want to come out and play well."

Why did you announce it on Twitter? - "I don't know. Why not, I guess. The world we live in now, right? I don't know. It's kind of unique and gives perspective for our fans to see it from a different angle. You guys will still all write about it; that doesn't change."

Did the players find out by twitter too? - "No, I told the team."

James Johnson - "Yeah, he'll be out there. He will have a role. I don't how significant, how big it will be, but he will have a role."  

Any other injury issues - "Garrett Gilliland from the stinger in the game is not looking great. I would put him doubtful for Saturday."  

Think Joe Montana had a little bounce in his step today watching his now-starting QB son out there? (laughs) - "I think he's just a proud dad."

So you didn't talk to Joe this week? "No, no. Again, to get back to Joe and Jennifer, throughout this entire process they've been parents. We treat them just like every other parent. There is nothing special about it. And that's how they are. You know, Everette Thompson's parents were here today, too, watching practice."  

Joe Montana didn't say Price's knee looks in shambles to him or anything? - "No (chuckles)."  

Can you tell whether the team has a sense of urgency before game day? - "I think we're a little ... on edge is the best way to say it. I'm glad it's a 12:30 kickoff, that we can get up and go instead of sitting around waiting. Our guys want to perform. They want to go play. When you don't perform well in a ball game you want the opportunity to get back up and do it again. They had to wait a week. So I think they are kind of chompin' at the bit to get back out there. It will be key for us to come out with a lot of energy. We know Oregon State is going to come out with a lot of energy. Reser Stadium is always kind of a little bit of a hostile environment. So we've got to make sure that our energy is right. And we've got to start from the opening whistle. We've got to play."

On Chris Polk - "He's ready. I watch Chris closely all the time and I get a pretty good feel for him and he looks good. He looks how, I like it when he looks this way.''

On if the players react differently to having Keith Price in there or Nick Montana - "I don't know enough, I probably don't have enough information, quite honestly. They love both the guys, they are both great guys, they are tremendous team players, they both work extremely hard and the guys respect them for that. And I think that's the ultimate team response you want. You want your teammates to respect you. They don't always have to like you, right? But if they respect you then you go play with one another.''

On if Montana has reacted any differently this week? - "No, quite honestly.''

On what Montana's demeanor will be like - "I'm sure he's going to have a few nerves. All competitors do because you love the opportunity to go compete, but one play and you start playing.''

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Chris Fetters:
11/16/2011
7:04 pm

Steve Sarkisian Wednesday Quotes

On the QB situation being status quo? - "I thought Nick had a nice day. He threw the ball well, moved well obviously in the elements, considering. I thought he did a nice job. I thought Keith moved better today. Wasn't quite ready to put him in action with the rest of the guys, but I thought he moved better today than he did yesterday or the day before."

On if Keith will get reps tomorrow - "I'd like that to happen. Whatever we decide to do - I'd like to see him get reps tomorrow so that we can see where he's at."

On when he needs to make the QB call, or is that a game day decision? - "No. I'll make it much before then. You guys won't know, but we'll know. The team will know.

On not saying anything is a strategy deal - "I don't think so, no. We're not going to change offensively. We run what we run. It's a little too late in the season to right now change who we are and what we do - so we're not going to change that way. But I think there's a psyche deal to it for our team; they need to know. The players need to know so they can move forward."

On how much Nick has progressed - "The last month in general…I think he's gotten better consistently the entire time he's been here. I really believe that he's improved. But the last month specifically have been his best practices. He's playing faster, and part of that is - when you get game experience and you realize how fast the game is, you get back out on the practice field and you say, 'Ok, I've really got to turn it up, I've really got to speed up'. And it's been a noticeable difference since his first action."

On how he's done accuracy-wise? - "It shows in his numbers. In the limited time that he's had, he's completed 65 percent of his balls right now - and that's with some throws down the field. So he's done a nice job that way."

On when will he tell the team? - "I'll probably tell them tomorrow."

On if that means he's made the decision? - "No. I've got…how many hours is that? Twenty hours to tell them (laughs)."

On if he'll announce it publicly - "No, I don't need to."

On if that means he's switched course from saying earlier that he would say who would start - "I didn't ever say I would announce it."

On what teams are taking advantage of when it comes to OSU's rush defense - "I think in a couple of games…it's who you play too. Stanford's mixed in there, and remember they're a good rushing team. We found that out ourselves. And in a couple other games, you fall behind and a team is more willing to run the ball. That's due in part…when you look at our side, when we fall behind, we don't get as many carries our rush numbers come down and our opponents' rush numbers go up. That's just part of the flow of the game. That's where some of the numbers are showing up. I think that's why you see what you see. The same thing with their rush numbers offensively; when you fall behind you've got to start throwing the ball."

On if you can give the whole offense to Nick if he starts - "Well, there's a lot of variables, obviously, Saturday. The weather, being one. You have to be smart with what you do weather-wise. Two, you're on the road in a hostile environment and you have a kid that's potentially making his first start. If that's the case, then I'm not going to just throw him the kitchen sink. We'll be very aware of what we give him and why we're doing it, and he'll understand what we're doing and what the plan will be."

On if the decision will be made after seeing Keith in practice Thursday - "No. I'll know through the morning, depending on how Keith feels and stuff."

On what it was that made him feel better about Price today - "Just movement-wise. So much of what it is when you have a knee injury like he has where the swelling is what it is, and has been - the mobility is the issue. I don't want to put him out here if I don't think he's mobile enough to move to avoid some of the hits that are potentially out there to take. And so he'll be in to get treatment tonight and then again in the morning, and I'll have a real understanding of what he looks like."

On no structural damage - "It's just swelling. There's a sprain in there, a pretty good…obviously sprain to cause that swelling, but it's not structural in a sense to where he's got to have surgery or anything of the sort."

Any changes saturday on offensive line? - "Potentially. But I thought the guys competed well today."  

Any similarities to Price's first start at Oregon last november and potentially Nick starting on Saturday? - "Well, I think, in a sense of style of play potentially. But, again, this is a different style of opponent, a different defense, what they do, how they do things. We are a different offensive football team than we were a year ago. There will be things that feel similar in that I'm not just going to handcuff him. He's going to have his opportunities to throw the ball around, throw it down the field. But regardless of who the quarterback is, if we are going to be successful we've got to run the ball. And we've got to do it well."  

Could you envision making Price the No. 2 QB if Montana starts? - "There is a potential of that, as well. Sure. We have a lot of options right now, which is a good thing."  

This weather is exactly what Nick signed up for, right? - "Yeah, but it takes a while to adjust to, though. That goes without saying. But he's been here a while now for quite some time. He graduated high school early. He's been through some of the tougher days out here. This was not as tough as it's been and that we've seen it. It takes time to adjust, like it took time for Keith to adjust when he first got here. I thought again today all the quarterbacks threw the ball pretty dang well for a wet ball. All of them, Derrick and Thomas, all of them did a nice job."  

Nine rushes for Polk last week. Is it as simple as just recommitting to it this week? - "Well, I think, we'll have a plan and Chris will get his carries. But ultimately where the real limitations came was in the second half. He just didn't get carries. And regardless of the score, we have to stick to our plan. And he has to get his carries."  

Schaefer working extra on snaps. what is he working through? - "Like anything, you make a mistake like that everybody sees it. Everybody notices it. It's different than when you block the wrong guy or something, you go the wrong way. You make a bad snap, everybody sees it. It's like a corner getting beat deep or a quarterback throwing an interception. Everybody knows the mistake that was made. He just wants to fix it. In his mind he's a competitive guy. He wants it fixed to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Is he naturally left-handed? - "Yes."

Schaefer hand wrapped – injury? - "He is an offensive lineman. They are going to have some bumps and bruises."  

Derrick Brown's improvement - "He has improved; he really has. I thought Derrick has improved. He's shows good maturity, and a real seriousness for studying and preparing. That is hard to do when you are a redshirting freshman, and you know you are down the line. But to continue to study and work at it and prepare yourself – it showed this week, it showed. He has been in practice, and every instance he's been in, he's executed really well."  

Do you have to prepare Brown as a possible No. 2? - "Sure."  

Oregon State being a house of horrors - "It has. They are good – number one, they are well-coached and play hard at home. They've got good fans. And for whatever reason, I feel like when we've gone there and played, they just have played really, really well. They haven't made any mistakes. Even two years ago when we went back there as a team, they played just a flawless game. That's how it's been. We have to anticipate that being the case this Saturday, that they are going to play really well. To do that, to match that we have to perform – we have to be physical, we have to play with amazing effort and we have to execute."  

On lack of turnovers - "Well, again, turnovers generally occur, for the most part, when a team is pressing, when they are trying – when the quarterback is trying to make a throw or the tailback is trying to make a run. And that occurs mostly when a team is behind – they are trying to make a play to get back into the game. We can help that offensively by executing, getting some scores early in games to where they have to throw the ball, to where they have to take a few more chances and the quarterback is dropping back more. You get more pass rushes. That is generally when those things occur. With that being said, I'd like us to get hands on more balls, especially early in the game whether it is in the passing game or the running game."  

Oregon State being turnover-prone - "It's some of the youth of the quarterback that you have as growing pains going through it. Some teams, fumbles occur – it happens, it is part of the game. We've had our own issues with turnovers ourselves in the last couple weeks, and lack thereof generating them."  

Montana's high school offense similar to UW's offense? - "There are some similarities in the types of throws. Obviously the verbiage and the language we speak is much different in protection schemes and all of that. But I think from just the types of routes and style of offense, it is very similar. He comes from an offense that is used to throwing the football."

Either QB have a better command of the huddle than the other? - "I think the difference is their personalities. Ultimately, for us, when you step in the huddle you have to be yourself. Because you don't want to change all the sudden when adversity strikes. Which it is going to strike at some point Saturday, we are going to have to deal with some adversity. So you've got to be you. So that's the biggest difference and you guys know their personalities  now from having talked to them that they are different kids and that's what the command of the huddle, the difference will be.''

Any difference on the throws? - "There are things we will tailor his game to to what he does well.''

On James Johnson - "He's gotten better. I don't think he's fully healthy but he has gotten better and I think he can contribute for us Saturday.''

On if there are any resemblences between Nick Montana and his father - "I think they are both about 6-2, blonde hair, pretty lean guys. ... Find out, I don't know. Talking about the greatest of all time. Jeez, the poor guy is just trying to play.''

On the comparisons - "I really don't think it bothers him. And to his parent's credit it hasn't been part of it. Even throughout the recruiting process it was about Nick and not Joe or Jennifer or Nate. It was about Nick. And this process has been about Nick. And that's a real credit to Joe and Jennifer and to their family and Nick for how they have handled it. I think he has enjoyed  his experience of college football and college life so far and I think it will only get better for him.''

On how Keith Price has handled it - "I think he's frustrated. That's natural. Keith is an amazing competitor. One of the better competitors I have ever been around and he wants to be out there in the worst way.''

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Eric Dore:
11/15/2011
7:10 pm

Cort Dennison Tuesday Quotes

On the defending the fly sweep: "They do a good job of getting their best athletes out in open space.  They force you to make tackles so we got to do a good job of executing our gameplan and when we have an opportunity to make a play we got to make a play."

 

On Mannion: "We think he's a really good quarterback.  He can sit back there and throw the ball really well so we've seen what he can do and he can be really successful."

 

On Fuimaono: "He just keeps getting better and better each week.  I feel like the defense is coming easier to him, he's flying around more, he's not thinking as much and I think he's just having fun.  When you're having fun you can make plays and make things happen.  I'm really proud of Princeton and his progress and he's going to be a really good football payaer when it's all said and done."

 

On Fuimaono's emotion: "He's fun to paly with, he's always hootin' and hollerin' and trying to get everybody else going.  He'll say one thing to me and I'll say something back and it gets us both going.  He's a very passionate player and fun to play with."



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Eric Dore:
11/15/2011
7:01 pm

Nick Holt Tuesday Quotes

On what he saw from the USC tape: "I saw three plays that got out starting with the 3rd and 1 play that we didn't play exactly how we needed to and that got them their first touchdown.  And then for really about a quarter and a half played really solid defense.  And then the long run that broke out that shouldn't have happened.  Couple guys got blocked they did a nice job blocking up the pressure and the guy got out and we missed the tackle on the sideline.  And then really other than that those two plays, there was a couple P.I.'s and you don't wish that to happened and that happened.  But there was a couple good things, the best receiver in the conference only had 2 catches for 5 yards.  The quarterback who has been averaging 290 a game had 170 so we did some good things just had some bad opportunities, so bad things happened.  You can't give up 35 yards on a fake punt, a long scoring kickoff return.  31 points to a good offense, it's not good, but the score is not indicative to how close it was really.  We need to be more competitive around the line of scrimmage, couple of our big guys got knocked around a couple snaps and we have to address that and hope that doesn't happen Saturday."

 

On OSU's offense and if they still run the fly-sweep: "Oh absolutely it's part of their package and they do a nice job with it so that's always a problem.  And they chuck the ball.  They throw it deep and as well as anybody."

 

On Mannion and his struggles with INTs: "It's because they throw it so much.  I think it's a lot of things.  People pressured him a couple times, been batted down and some tips and overthrows and certain situations where he's had to throw it and people are teeing off and it's been that type of season for those guys.  But, he can chuck it, he's got a good arm, he's accurate, and does some good things."

 

On Joe Halahuni: "Creates matchup problems for linebackers and even strong safeties.  He's strong, he's quicker than you think, he can get pen and he has fantastic hands."

 

On if the defense needs to play with more of an edge: "There are times we didn't and we got pushed around so Sark is right about that.  We didn't play with the edge like we usually do.  Oregon, I thought we played really, really aggressive at times.  We need to get back to that. That's a trademark of Husky football and we need to get back to that and we've taken pride since we've been here in playing physical.  We're not always playing right but at least we're going out and being physical so we got to get back to that."

 

On the tackling: "Give them some credit, but no I didn't think the tackling was very good.  3rd and 11 and they get a first down because of missed tackles.  In that 4th quarter we're all around the football, a lot of opportunities just too many missed tackles on good athletes.  When we're playing good teams like we have the past three weeks we get in space and we have to make our plays.  We're there we just got to play with confidence that we're going to get them down.  Sometimes we kind of hesitate and we have to be a little be more aggressive about that."

 

On Ta'amu: "Well Alameda hurt his thumb against Oregon, he dislocated it and he didn't say anything.  It was really sore last week and Alameda played well but he can play better.  USC, first half he was struggling, they were doing a nice job blocking him and he wasn't as physical as he needed to be and I think that had to do with his dislocated thumb.  He couldn't really shoot it and grab it and things like that so hopefully these last 2 games he can get healthy.  He's had hand problems and it hurts defensive linemen because you got to use your hands."

 

On Danny Shelton: "He's gotten more time and he showed up and made some tackles and he'll continue to play more.  He's playing faster and he's showing up, he's making more tackles.  Against running teams on first and second down we need to get him in and use his ability.  He's big and he's tough and he plays stout.  He doesn't get knocked of the ball he just needs to get off blocks quicker."

 

On Hudson and Shirley: "At times they play really good and at times their youth shows and going against some of the big guys at USC and them running the ball sometimes we struggled.  In another year or two we'll be ok, but that's going to happen. They got to keep battling they got to keep competing.  You can't put on 40 pounds right now, but we need to play more tenacious."



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Chris Fetters:
11/15/2011
11:37 am

Steve Sarkisian Pac-12 Teleconference Notes

On team momentum - You'd like to think there's a re-set button you can push, but the reality is that you're dealing with young men, and emotions and momentum can carry over, both positive and negative.

On the best defensive team they've played this year - I'd have to go with Oregon, probably.

On what's unsung about Oregon's defense - Tackle very well, attack - nice job attacking the QB. Very opportunistic typically, especially in the red zone.

On how the divisional split has worked out - The north is really strong. Simple facts. Don't have to be a rocket scientist.

On if he likes where the teams are divided - Play the hand you're dealt. Whether you're in the North or South, you play the teams you play.

On if the dynamic is just cyclical - Haven't studied other conferences to figure out if what's happening now happens in other places.

On projecting for the Alamo Bowl - Any bowl game as a program where we're at is a good one. Couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished since we've been here. But you're only known for what you did last, so we have to get right back on the horse.

On Price/Montana - No certainty yet, but no structural damage to Keith's knee, but have to assess the swelling in his knee.

On if he'll practice today - Not sure.

On who stood out defensively after watching the tape - Cort stood out. One of his best games. Princeton could have had an amazing game, but missed a few tackles. Those two guys stood out.

On Priceton coming on - Maturity. True sophomore, and has been playing all year. The comfort level of playing, the keys, and anticipation. Playing faster.

On the struggles of Price - Played a couple of really good teams. When you start to struggle and you're a young QB, you tend to press. And we haven't played well around him. Haven't run to take the pressure off, and haven't made tough catches. So go from being one of the hottest in the country, to struggling. So have to do better around him, and then not press and just make the throws when they are there.

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Chris Fetters:
11/15/2011
10:48 am

Mike Riley Pac-12 Teleconference Notes

On the Divisional split and how it's fared - It's been interesting, for sure. Go through another interesting time when we get to the championship. Will have years where teams from the same division will be perceived as the best - seeing it right now with the SEC. But added two good teams, and it'll be fun down the road. Like the split, it's a pretty natural split. Maybe better to have the new teams split off, but not enough of an expert to know. Think it's a pretty natural split, and the natural cycle of life in the divisions and how things shake out will be fun to watch.

On an NFL-sponsored bowl possibly using underclassmen - In general, the NFL has been very good about working with college football. Been headed by Bill Polian, and they've been big proponents of college football. Not sure how it would work, don't have enough info form a strong opinion.

On Pac-12 championship eligibility and lowering some standards - It's just one of those years where there's a lot of competition, and USC is not eligible - so that would immediately change how the game would look. It's going to go in cycles, so this argument will always come up from time to time.

On how he might adjust it as a fan? - The best way to describe it is that I had to talk myself into getting over it. Can't worry about what we had. It was obvious with the extra teams, the TV contract and all the money out there that a change was going to be made. No sense in worrying about what we think is an ideal world; it's changing, and will probably change again.

On Stanford-Cal - It'll be a good game. Two of the top three defenses in the league. We played them both in the last month, and impressed with their defense. Need to have a good defense to have a good team. Ran for big numbers, so respect for their ground games. If Cal can establish their pass, that will be a big issue in the game. Jeff is good at scheming the run, and Stanford is obviously very good at that. Turnovers is key. Cal has had a couple good weeks, so they'll be fired up.

On last year's game against UW and the 2-pt play - I re-think that stuff all the time, especially the ones that don't work. Tough loss, and a bad turning point for our team, could have really swung momentum. Look at it like we had the opportunity. A little late on an open player, and that's tough with the tight windows in the end zone. All you can do is just try to improve the play for the next time. But you're always re-evaluating and re-assessing for the next game so you can make it happen.

On what's happened since then - Additional things that happened, but that was a big turning point. For momentum and for extra practice, that game could very well have caused us a chance at a bowl game. The best thing to me about going to a bowl is the extra practice, and we're in that cycle again, so we're going to have to have a great off-season to get out of it.

On Scott Crichton - Scott is a good player now, destined to be a great player. Fortunate to know him because he came to our camp with his team as a young player. First saw him at a tight end at our passing league at night. Piqued my interest then, so followed him and they recruited him hard for a year. Glad we redshirted him, could have played last year.

On any recruiting relationship with Nick Montana - No. Not that he wasn't a great player, but that was the year that we had a number of guys in our camp. Lot of good ones out there, but we earmarked a couple of guys - and one of them is playing for us right now. But we saw him film and liked him, but made our choices and pursued Sean Mannion hard. And Nick probably wasn't looking that hard at us.

On if things change if he plays instead of Price - I don't think so at all. What they do is who they are, and all the QB's in Sark's system will run that. Maybe they'll emphasize some things based on what the QB likes to do, and we'll have to adjust accordingly.

On who is the best defense in the conference
- Don't know the rankings this week, but Utah is also there this week, as well as Cal and Stanford. Hard to separate them - they all have very good fronts. That's a common denominator. Apples and oranges when you're talking about the top-three defenses in the league. They also play aggressively on the back end.

On Utah-WSU - Totally impressed with WSU's win last week. Great job by their staff to bounce back and get a great win. New QB was amazing against that defense to throw for 500 yards - so now that game is a really compelling matchup. WSU will have to deal with a great Utah front. On offense, Norm Chow has adapted well with what they do with their personnel. They can control a game running a ball, which will be interesting to watch.

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Chris Fetters:
11/14/2011
5:31 pm

Steve Sarkisian Coaches Show Recap

Gas opens the show talking about how they are a 'traveling road show', and how they are broadcasting from the concourse of Alaska Airlines Arena. Bob has to do the coaches show, then do the hoops game at 7.

Gas talked to Sark about the road to four losses, and how they are trying to put their best foot forward. Thought they would be in the fourth quarter of those games, but haven't been, and Sark agreed. Said it's frustrating because they haven't played with a real sense of passion, urgency and physicality, and now it's a real gut-check time for them going to Corvallis.

Gas talked about Sark's mantra about resilience, and there's three big games for them to play, and how the team will be remembered will be for these games, and Sark couldn't agree with him more. Sark said it's 'all hands on deck' and everyone is going to have to give their all to get the results they are looking for.

Bob asked about an Oregon hangover for USC, and Sark said maybe, but they had a great week of practice - but for some reason there was a real lack of energy for that game. Has seen them more excited and he tried to change that, but it didn't happen.

Bob said it's USC! And Sark said it's in LA, but for some reason it didn't come together. He also mentioned how they are going through mid-terms and how maybe for next year he changes some things to help 'stop the bleeding'.

Bob said it's a great point, something no one real thinks about, and Sark said it goes to time management, and they'll be better for it next year.

Bob asked if Sark got a feeling the morning of the game, and he told the staff energy would be critical, and then on the bus ride over usually the players get the bus rocking, but it took some prodding by the coaches to really get them going.

Bob joked that maybe they took USC for granted, because they were 2-0, and Sark said, 'Well, now we're 2-1'.

Gas asked about energy, and Sark said that was the worst he's ever seen the LA Coliseum, in terms of the fans and energy. Said the fake punt killed them, but also the first holding call, the PI on the 3rd/20, the bad snap for the safety, the poor punt giving them field position and then USC scored - said that stretch and the game felt like it was over.

Gas asked about Keith Price, and Sark said he was supposed to get an MRI, but apparently something happened with the machine, so it got re-scheduled for 4 pm. Said the swelling in his knee went down, but he'll continue to monitor it. But either way - no matter who starts - they are going to have to be on point if they are to have any chance against OSU on Saturday.

Gas brought the show back talking about how they are part of a double-header, because UW plays Portland at 7 for hoops. Gas was giving Jason Hamilton some ribbing about his dress style.

Gas asked about Price's game falling off a bit, and Sark said it's a combination of things. He was on track to shatter the conference TD record, he was going crazy. But when guys aren't catching passes, and he's not as accurate, that happens. But when things come together, he'll be back.

Bob brought up the knee injuries, and Sark said the beauty of Price was that he didn't want to go out. Kicked a trash can on the sidelines, because he didn't want to come out. He's a tough guy. He bleeds purple and gold, and wants to do everything he can to help the team win.

Bob joked they are still waiting for the MRI on the trash can. But with 7 sacks, that can rattle a guy. Sark agreed, and he said they have to get better collectively, and that starts with him and the other coaches to get the players in a position to be successful. Keith or Nick, they'll protect the player better on Saturday.

Bob asked about Nick Montana, and Sark said he did OK. Said USC did a nice job of disguising coverages on third down to confuse Nick a little. But as it went, he got better and got more comfortable and found Kasen for the TD.

Bob joked that his last name is Montana, so he already came equipped to handle kryptonite. Sark laughed and said that if Nick does play, you have to find the things that he does well, game plan around that, and go from there. But they have to find out quickly who is available and go from there.

Bob talked about if Nick plays, do you put runs in because he's 100 percent? Sark said he's mobile, but they have to be smart, because if he gets hurt, it's Derrick Brown. So they have to be smart about runs.

Bob asked who had a bigger hand in blowing up the offensive game plan? UW or USC? Sark said both. Said nine carries for Chris Polk wasn't right. Wanted to get the DL to run laterally and then punish them late with Chris, but they got behind and had to throw.

Bob said that Sark has told him in the past that if Polk has less than 15 carries, they didn't play well, and Sark agreed.

Gas asked about making changes on the OL - being 'battle tough', and Sark liked that. It's going to be a competitive week for them, and they all want to play well. They don't get holds on purpose, but they have to perform. They are going to be taxed, and we'll see who responds.

Bob said there's no group that needs more time to develop than the OL. Asking too much of them already? They are still pretty young. Sark said he'd like to think as they move forward where they start juniors and seniors, but it's the situation they are in right now. They are battling, but they can be better. Has seen them be better.

Bob said when you game plan, you look for matchups. Are the other guys targeting the OL? Sark said that's fair, and that's the challenge. Want to try to get the ball to their guys, but are they getting enough protections? Are they doing things like screens to keep them honest? That's the balancing act and challenge you face as you game plan.

Gas brought the show back talking about Kasen Williams, starting to play as advertised. Add in ASJ, and maybe you can build off that performance. Sark said they both had a tremendous week of practice, and it showed. Even the catch they ruled incomplete was a great catch by ASJ.

Bob said that non-catch was a tough call. He said he thought it was a catch. Sark said after the Hartvigson play, I just assume they aren't catches until they tell him they are. That's why they tried to quick-snap. Had a feeling they might review it, but couldn't get it snapped in time.

Bob asked about the quick snap, and Sark said they should have snapped it three seconds earlier, and they practice it. It's those details that make him proud as a coach. Said you go back to the last play at Cal, and they practice that. But when the lack of attention to detail happens, it adds up.

Bob talked about the attention to detail, and Sark mentioned the three PI call, poor punts, missed tackles - and when you play a good team that's how you get beat.

Bob mentioned the idea of players trying to do to much, and if that's the case, that much mean they think others aren't doing much. Sark said it's the ultimate team game. Don't think they tried too hard at USC. They did try too hard against Oregon. On defense, they played well against USC, but the at the moment of truth you have to tackle and put a guy down. Mentioned the kickoff return and they had them bottled up, and then he bounces out and scores. Those things add up.

Bob brought up the idea of competing. Didn't have the sense they rolled over against USC. Sark said non-competitive isn't the best term. Didn't play with an edge, didn't play with a sense of urgency. Too many times right at the whistle or the echo of the whistle, USC is knocking UW guys down, and usually that is the other way around. Have to play with the right way in all three phases, and not accept playing less physical.

Bob talked about how they haven't looked too confident. Maybe too much respect paid to their opponent? Sark agreed, and said maybe they have been paying too much attention, and it starts with them. Can't worry about the color of the jersey. Said no disrespect to OSU or WSU, but this has to be about them and getting back to fundamentals and doing things the right way.

Gas brought the show back, reminded people that Price is getting his MRI right now. Talked about protecting the QB, no matter who it is. And Sark said no doubt. If you get a look at the last sack, the USC guys have their hands on his legs, and that's the edge he's talking about. Mentioned how Senio got the PFoul against CU against the guy that hit Keith, and sometimes you have to send a message.

Bob email on backup OL that can step in. Sark said you saw Micah Hatchie go in and did some nice things. Have a couple other players that have a chance, and they are going to get their chance this week to see if they can handle it.

Bob talked about how everyone is in competition all the time, but is this more than that? Is this sending a message? Sark said yes. 13 sacks the last two weeks is unacceptable. Pride themselves on being able to run the ball in November and December, so he has to do a better job of play-calling and then execute.

Another email - asked when will Sark evolve so that Nuss will be the OC and play-caller? Sark said that the line of communication is wide-open, and he has a lot of input as to what gets called.

Another email - who will back up Montana if Price can't go. Sark said he doesn't want to divulge that part of the game plan to OSU, but they have some decent options.

Gas brought back the relationship between Nuss and Sark, and Sark wanted to give Nuss a ton of props for what he's done for Price, and also for Nick in limited minutes. They have a great working relationship and friendship. He said there's a lot of good give-and-take about how they put a game plan together.

Bob talked about throwing the ball deep when QB on their back. Sark said that a couple things - defenses the last couple weeks have stayed up top, and we're not getting to the intermediate spots when they are available. And also from the QB spot, have to have a better belief that those intermediate and deep routes are there when we want to attack.

Bob talked that completions aren't the issues, and Sark agreed. Always trying to self-evaluate, and they need to improve in that area, if they want to stay the course as to what they are capable of. Had a couple chances against USC, just didn't convert.

Gas brought the show back talking about Oregon State. Still amazed how Oregon State has gone from nothing to build it to something. This year has been the exception. Sark said it started with Riley, then Erickson, and then Riley coming back. At one point they went to five bowls in six years. They still play hard and are physical, even when they are struggling.

Bob talked about how they haven't run the ball well, which is odd with all the great RB's they've had. Dead-last at 88 yards a game. Sark said they obviously believe in the receiving targets they have, and their QB has gotten better as the season has gone on. That's their identity, and it's given them their best chance to win, so they've gotten after it.

Bob talked about OSU losing their opener to Sac State. Has that been an albatross for them? Sark said he didn't know. Said their off-season was tough with injuries, and the transition from Katz to Mannion early on changed things for them. Have had some tough losses. Had a couple TO's inside the five, and that caused them to have a rough game against Cal.

Bob talked about how they looked great for a half against Stanford, and Sark said he remembers how USC lost to them late one year at Reser 35-7, so he knows.

Bob said Sark has never beaten OSU at Reser, and Sark said it's a great place to play, and the fans make it a great atmosphere. Said he hopes he doesn't hear the chain saw too much. It's a great challenge to him, all hands on deck, and so far the team has responded with a good Monday practice.

Bob talked about Mike Riley and his staff, and how good they are, which makes this season even more surprising. Sark said they have been the epitome of consistency and getting better while Riley has been there. By the end of seasons, they are always playing their best.

Bob said they aren't bowl eligible, and they'll probably use their last two games to have all hands on deck. Sark said no doubt. Big games for them, especially for their seniors. UW has to be better than their energy on Saturday.

Gas brought the show back in talking again how they'll be back at 5:30 tonight for the Portland-UW hoops game. He said that Sark and Riley have something in common - took a swing at the NFL and then went back to their old job. Worked out well in both cases. Sark said they both also did some time in the CFL. He's been a good model for a younger coach. First-class all the way. They demand your respect by the way they play and how they do it.

Bob asked about LSU and OKS maybe in the NC game? Sark said having played LSU, it's hard to go against their defense, and also how good they are in special teams. OKS is a great offense, but LSU has already beaten Oregon, Alabama, VTech, so it's hard not to bet on them.

Bob said another question was asked - what does Sark ask Price when he's thrown an interception? Sark said he first asks Keith what he's seen, get to the truth of it, but don't harbor it. Get it figured out, and then move on.

Rohan from Woodinville on the phone for a question, but he didn't pick up on time, so Bob called him for delay of game.

Gas brought it back to dealing with interceptions, and how, in his experience, guys sometimes just want to take a quick time out first. Sark said that no one throws an interception on purpose, and sometimes that moment to calm down is important so that you can next get to the truth.

Gas said that OSU is probably too going to be defined by how they finish, and Sark said they'll play hard too and put forth a great effort.

Bob wished him good luck.

End of show.

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Chris Fetters:
11/14/2011
2:01 pm

Steve Sarkisian Monday Press Conference Quotes

Opening - "To recap the last ballgame, a lot of the same thoughts that were true to me after the game, hold true today. Kind of disappointed in the execution side of it, but moreso than that was our inability to play the game with a real sense of purpose and attitude. Credit to USC, they played a real physical football game. They played with a purpose, and we were unable to match that on all fronts. I think it's easy to say the offensive line didn't get it done, but the reality of it is, we didn't get it done as a team. And that's how you get beat by good teams. There's a portion of the game that I think really was where…you can point to where the game went astray, and it started offensively with the holding penalty in the red zone that knocks us out of a potential touchdown-scoring drive where we settle for three, to a third-and-20 pass interference penalty, to a fourth-down fake punt to a kickoff on the ensuing kickoff where we have a holding penalty that knocks us back, to a catch ruled no catch where we don't go out and execute a quick snap to negate an instant replay, to a bad snap that causes a safety, to a poor punt after the safety to where they get great field position, they score another touchdown. Right there was, in my opinion, the ball game.

"Part of this is, we talk a lot about being a resilient group; the reality of that talk has now got to become reality. We talk like that's who we are, but now we have to respond. We haven't responded in recent weeks. This is gut-check time; we're going to find out if we're a resilient group or not. It's easy to say that we are - now we have to go out and prove it."

On needing to be resilient when things aren't going well - "I think so. I would agree with that. It's one thing to say you're a young team, but we're heading into game 11 now here. We're not as young anymore. It doesn't matter to me if you're a true freshman or fifth-year senior; at some point we have to take the bull by the horns. We'll talk to that today, and it'll be a point of emphasis this week, because we can't continue when things don't go our way early in a ball game accept it. And in my opinion, we accepted it this past weekend, and that's not OK."

On part of it just playing good teams - "I think that's part of it. We've dealt with this stretch of the season before, unfortunately. Three of the last four weeks, we've played some really good football teams. I don't want to not give them credit - they are good teams. Stanford, Oregon, SC - those are good teams. But I also know that we are better than that way we played. I'm sure part of that is, they are good and they can cause some mistakes on their end, but I don't want to use that as an excuse. I've seen us play better against good teams, and I've seen us respond to adversity better against good teams - and we haven't done that in three of the last four games. I thought we did it versus Arizona; we dug a hole versus Arizona, and we responded and fought through some of the adversity of that ball game. But from a consistency standpoint - and I go back to my first press conference with you guys talking to you about wanting to become a more consistent football team and the style in which we play and the mentality in which we approach each ball game - again has reared its ugly head. We haven't been as consistent as I want, from week to week to week, from drive to drive to drive, from snap to snap to snap within games. And ultimately that's my responsibility - and I'll fix it."

On the kids playing with house money - "I was hopeful, and the meaning behind that statement was that we could really relax and let it go and play free and fun and physical and play in the absence of fear, quite honestly…without the concerns, the what-if's, the what if we don't play, what could be the consequences? And obviously we…the message didn't get across. It didn't come across that way, because I think really we haven't played with a real sense of purpose the past two weeks. We've been out-physicalled; our sense of urgency hasn't been what I've been accustomed to. And we have to get back to that. As I touched on earlier - this is gut-check time to me. Shoot, we're going to Reser Stadium, it's Senior Night for Oregon State. They are going to be fired up. We've got to bring it. We've got to bring it - mentally, emotionally, and physically. We've got to bring it Saturday."

Does the miscommunication and poor play on the o-line surprise you since it's been the same starting five all year? - "Yeah, it does. Yeah, it does. It does surprise me. We've got to rectify that. Whether it is schematically, the things we're doing. Whether it's from the personnel standpoint, whose doing it. Or, ultimately, it's the play calls. I understand the game got away from us, we didn't want it to go the way it did -- Chris Polk having nine carries isn't good enough to win in November. So not that Chris needs to go out and have 35 carries, but he needs more than nine touches, that's for sure."

Can you tell right away whether the offense is going to do well or not on game days from a physicality standpoint? - "No, I mean, yeah, partially. I thought, quite honestly that's why I held out late in the week to see how we would play, but I thought we had a pretty physical week of week -- especially some specific guys. And it showed up. I thought Austin had his best week of practice -- it showed up. I thought Cort really rebounded last week in practice -- it showed up in the game. Senio, and he run blocked well. The goal is to get back to that collectively. And then you can try to create some of that attitude as the game goes on. The plan going into SC, it was no secret, we understood the defensive line for SC was really good so the goal was to get them running. Get the ball outside and get those guys running, get the game to where it was late in the third quarter into the fourth quarter of a tight ball game, and then start leaning on them and wearing on them with Chris. And unfortunately, we couldn't get the game to go that way. We forced ourselves into a lot of third-and-long situations early in the game where they were able to pin their ears back and get after Keith and ultimately knocked him out of the game. And then with our mishaps on special teams and then obviously the safety the score of the game put it into a situation where we threw the ball more than we would have liked there. And they were able to continue to get after the quarterback."

How is Price? is there a chance he won't be able to start saturday? - "There's a potential of that, yeah. He's got some more tests to do today. I think we'll have a much better understanding of that tomorrow of where he's at. So we will prepare ourselves for Nick Montana to make his first start Saturday, and if things change then things change. But I think you have to prepare for that so that we don't get caught off guard, you know, come late in the week and Keith is not able to play."

Is there anything more specific to what Keith's injury is or what tests he'll be receiving? - "There are some more further tests today. I'll be able to answer more tomorrow."

Is there any familiarity between this situation and the situation you faced last year going into Oregon with Keith making his first start? - "Yeah, I think there is a lot of familiarity. I think for Nick he's been fortunate to get a little more playing time than Keith had going into that game. Nick has gotten better every opportunity he's gone in he's gotten better. I thought he did some nice things there late in the game against SC as he got into the flow of the game. To Nick's credit I think the last month, the last three weeks really have been his best days of practice. He's really gone out and practiced efficiently, he's played fast, he's been decisive in his decision making and maybe that's a result of getting sacked you're first play and realizing how fast this game really is and you have to speed up. From that moment on he's really improved and I've been proud of him and he did a nice job Saturday against SC and if he has to play Saturday against Oregon State I would expect him to play well."?

Could you imagine the amount of punishment that Keith has taken, because he was elusive and he was able to move around in the pocket so much early in camp, the amount  of punishment he's taken. Could you have imagined that at the start of the season? - "This is a physical sport and when you play good teams and you fall behind I can imagine that, because that's how you get beat. You fall behind against good teams, good defenses and they know you're throwing the ball they can pin their ears back and get after the quarterback. That's happened two weeks in a row on us and ultimately those hits pile up on you. Our ability early in football games to control the game has to improve to eliminate the hits on the quarterback."

On Keith having regressed - "I think it's all of us. I don't think it's just Keith. I don't think we've played very good as an offensive group and that all comes together. When you're running the ball well and you can utilize the play-action pass game that helps your quarterback. When you put yourselves in third and shorts to third and mediums that helps your quarterback, you can get rid of the ball quicker. When you fall behind in games and then you put yourselves in third and longs that's not a formula for success. Sometimes you can convert those, but against good teams when four of your first five third downs are third-and-10 plus or third-and-11 plus that's not a good formula for success."

On what needs to happen for Price to play if he is cleared - "I'll monitor him and I need to see where he is at. He's not going to practice today, I know that.''

On all the injuries he's had - "That last sack there, really after the sack in the pileup he got twisted up pretty good, so there is some swelling there. We don't think it's significant from a long-term standpoint but we want to make sure of that and then we need to monitor the swelling in the knee. It's a lot more swollen than it has been, so we have to monitor that.''

On how the preparation changes for Montana - "I think regardless of if it's Keith or Nick we have to make sure that we are putting our kids in the best position to be successful whether that's in the pass game or the run game, we have to assure that we are giving our guys the best chance to come off the football, be aggressive, play physical, play with a purpose, and so schematically I don't know how much of that will really, totally change. He's been running our offense since the day he stepped on campus and has a great feel for it. And so that side of it I don't think that it will change that greatly depending on which kid is in there. We are going to try to play to Nick's strengths and I think there are some things there that we can do to allow him to play at a high level.''

On if he's ever hit the wall as a play-caller - "Sure, that's part of the season. That's why this is a grind and a long haul and why this is a team effort. You don't win games with one aspect of a team and you don't lose games with one aspect of a team. This is a team effort and we are all in this together and hopefully those fun games are the games when all three aspects of phases of the game are clicking and playing well and those are the easy ones. It's when one aspect of the game is struggling can another side pick it up to pick up some of the slack and we just haven't found that formula yet. And so it's going to take all of us. It's going to take a concerted effort and all hands on deck this week. We've got to get right.''

On the defense improving - "I think we've improved defensively, quite honestly. The long run is disappointing because it shouldn't have happened. But to go into the game and the field position that teams are getting against us the last two weeks against good offenses, they are going to score. You can't give them the ball on the 50 or inside the 50, you can't give up big kickoff returns, which has been disappointing because we have been a really good kick coverage team up until the last two weeks. So we are just trying to find a way to bring all three phases together and play a complete game.''

On the inability to get the ball deep on offense - "It's all of it. We've got to call better plays, too. I've got to find better plays."

On Oregon State - "I think they've been unlucky at times and obviously last week the couple turnovers inside the 5-yard line against Cal. They play hard, the young quarterback is throwing the ball around the field and he's got four really good targets with Wheaton and Rodgers and Cooks and the tight end Halahuni. They are throwing it all around the field and their aggressive nature on defense hasn't changed. Lance Mitchell is a heck of a player at safety, they've got a couple of young defensive ends that play extremely hard and Poyer in the return game is as dangerous as there is in our conference.''

On if they recruited Scott Crichton - "We evaluated him. It's just one of the tough decisions you have to make. We decided not to go on him, and he's gone to Oregon State, and he's played really good football for him. We missed."

On the percentage of Keith's knee, and where he's at - "Again, if you guys would invent one of those percentage machines, I would tell you what a percentage is. I don't know how to answer that one.

On any other injuries after USC - "Garret Gilliland had a pretty good stinger again. It's been lingering here for some weeks, so that one it probably the next most concerning. And then to see where James Johnson is at, how far he can come back this week to where he was. He just didn't look good enough in pre-game to go."

On missed tackles - "Generally, missed tackles have a tendency to show up when you're trying to tackle good players, first of all. Marquise Lee and not that Robert Woods had a bunch of opportunities, and Curtis McNeal and Telfair and those guys, they're good players. So those numbers have a tendency to go up. But I thought our fundamentals got lost. There were a couple glaring missed tackles that that's not the technique we use to tackle with. So we've got to get that fixed as well.

On Price taking the blame for sacks - "That's Keith being a great leader and being a team player and being a guy that has learned from one of the best in Jake Locker in how to assume blame and the responsibility. I don't know that necessarily that's true."

James Johnson's absence has affected the bubble screen game? - "It has an affect. James has an impact on the perimeter. He's physical guy. He's fearless. He doesn't mind taking on linebackers and safeties.  There is a factor. That's a great point.

What's your comfort level with Nick Montana if he does have to start? - "I feel good. I felt like as the game settled in last week,, there was a couple third downs he would love to back, where SC did a good job mixing their coverages on him. They knew we had a young quarterback in there. He knew it right after. It's just the reaction time. As the game moved forward, his comfort level set in. And he played a lot faster, he threw the ball accurately. I feel great about Nick Montana because I have some experience with him now. I understand what his demeanor is like on game-day more so than the beginning of the season.

Who the number three quarterback is for the Huskies? - "We have a few guys."

What separates Jacquizz and James Rodgers as players - "They're unique. Jacquizz is a great player obviously. James is getting better and better as the year goes on with his health. Its just like Curtis McNeal last week against SC. That stature of back is very different. You get a kid that's not as tall, that's short and compact and you think he's not a big guy and he's not every powerful. But they're so compact and they have so much leg strength – you saw that with Curtis McNeal last week – the ability to break tackles because they are so low to the ground, and they spin off of tacklers and keep their feet going. It's what makes them unique. Their ability to catch the ball out of the back field, the versatility, the quick cutting nature. They are unique. You don't see that week in and week out. So when you do, the preparation for them is difficult, especially from the running back. How do you prepare for that type of a back? That's what makes them unique. So when they are good players and they are tough and tough-minded players like the Rodgers brothers are, that's what make them special."

Are there any specific personnel things we could be looking at on the offensive line? - "It's all of it. It starts in the center and goes out. We have to fix it."

Has anyone on the o-line depth chart impressed him? - "I think Micah Hatchie is improved, I really do. He got in the game. And sometimes when you are an o-linemen and you get into the game, the speed of the game – it takes a minute to get caught up to. After the first couple of plays, I thought Micah did some really nice things for us. I go back and look at the film, and I don't think Erik Kohler was all that bad. We just wanted to give Micah some experience to get into a game and into that environment. There will be some competition this week and there needs to be. We need to be accountable for the way we played."

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Chris Fetters:
11/14/2011
11:38 am

UW Weekly Depth Chart Released

Washington's Depth Chart vs. Oregon State

OFFENSE:

WR - 15 Jermaine Kearse 6-2 208, Sr., Lakewood, Wash./Lakes
19 DiAndre Campbell 6-1 195, RFr., Oakland, Calif./Oakland Tech

LT - 56 Senio Kelemete 6-4 301, Sr., Seattle, Wash./Evergreen
72 Micah Hatchie 6-5 285, RFr., Haleiwa, Hawai'i/Waialua

LG - 64 Colin Tanigawa 6-3 297, RFr., Pasadena, Calif./Loyola
52 Nick Wood 6-3 303, Sr., Poway, Calif./Poway

Center - 73 Drew Schaefer 6-4 301, Jr., Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake
78 Michael Criste 6-5 280, RFr., Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo

RG - 79 Colin Porter 6-4 322, So., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
67 Skyler Fancher 6-6 301, Sr., Costa Mesa, Calif./Huntington Beach OR
70 James Atoe 6-6 337, RFr, The Dalles, Ore./The Dalles-Wahtonka

RT - 75 Erik Kohler 6-5 298, So., Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian
59 Ben Riva 6-6 300, RFr., Seattle, Wash./O'Dea

TE - 88 Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6-6 258, Fr., Fox Island, Wash./Gig Harbor OR
84 Michael Hartvigson 6-6 254, RFr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell
80 Evan Hudson 6-6 260, RFr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell

QB - 17 Keith Price 6-1 195, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco
5 Nick Montana 6-3 203, RFr., Thousand Oaks, Calif./Oaks Christian
6 Derrick Brown 6-3 236, Fr., Winchester, Calif./Vista Murrieta

FB - Jonathan Amosa 5-11 230, Jr., Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach OR
Tim Tucker 6-1 240, So., Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne


TB - 1 Chris Polk 5-11 222, Jr., Redlands, Calif./East Valley
24 Jesse Callier 5-10 200, So., Downey, Calif./Warren
25 Bishop Sankey 5-10 193, Fr., Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep

WR - 9 Devin Aguilar 6-0 195, Sr., Denver, Colo./Mullen OR
8 Kevin Smith 6-0 209, So., Compton, Calif./Centennial

WR - 3 James Johnson 6-1 198, Jr., Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center OR
2 Kasen Williams 6-2 212, Fr., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

DEFENSE:

DE - 92 Everrette Thompson 6-6 272, Sr., Renton, Wash./Kennedy
11 Talia Crichton 6-3 255, Jr.,Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood
93 Andrew Hudson 6-3 231, RFr., Redlands, Cailf./Redlands East Valley

DT - 74 Alameda Ta'amu 6-3 337, Sr., Kent, Wash./Rainier Beach
71 Danny Shelton 6-1 334, Fr., Auburn, Wash./Auburn
97 Lawrence Lagafuaina 6-0 329, RFr., Aiea, Hawai'i/Aiea, Hawai'i

DT -
55 Sione Potoae 6-2 276, So., Fort Lewis, Wash./Lakes OR
98 Semisi Tokolahi 6-2 334, Jr., Hilo, Hawai'i/Hilo

DE - 22 Josh Shirley 6-3 229, RFr., Fontana, Calif./Kaiser
93 Andrew Hudson 6-3 231, RFr., Redlands, Cailf./Redlands East Valley

OLB - 10 John Timu 6-1 220, Fr., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan OR
58 Jamaal Kearse 6-2 224, RFr., Lakewood, Wash./Lakes
43 Cooper Pelluer 6-3 225, So., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

MIK - 31 Cort Dennison 6-1 234 Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah/Judge Memorial
50 Thomas Tutogi 6-1 244, So., Chula Vista, Calif./Southwestern JC
42 Tim Tucker 6-1 240, So., Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne

OLB - 37 Princeton Fuimaono 6-1 215, So., Long Beach, Calif./LB Jordan
53 Garret Gilliland 6-0 226, So., Anaheim, Calif./Orange Lutheran

FS - 13 Will Shamburger 6-0 192, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco
29 Nathan Fellner 6-1 201, Jr., Fresno, Calif./Clovis West
20 Justin Glenn 5-11 206, Jr., Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak
14 Taz Stevenson 6-1 203, So., Mililani, Hawai'i/Mililani

SS - 1 Sean Parker 5-10 202, So., Los Angeles, Calif./Narbonne
13 Will Shamburger 6-0 192, So., Compton, Calif./St. John Bosco
5 James Sample 6-2 191, Fr., Sacramento, Calif./Grant
39 Greg Walker 5-10 203, Jr., Bellflower, Calif./St. Bernard

CB - 28 Quinton Richardson 6-0 203, Sr., Renton, Wash./O'Dea OR
18 Gregory Ducre 5-10 173, So., Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw

CB - 6 Desmond Trufant 6-0 184, Jr., Tacoma, Wash./Wilson
26 Anthony Gobern 5-11 187, Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif./Del Campo
21 Marcus Peters 5-11 185, Fr., Oakland, Calif./McClymonds

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Punter - 94 Kiel Rasp 6-3 225, Sr., Seattle, Wash./Nathan Hale OR
46 Will Mahan 5-11 196, Sr., Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield College

PK - 17 Erik Folk 5-11 185, Sr., Woodland Hills, Calif./Notre Dame

Long Snap - 60 Brendan Lopez 6-0 231, Sr., Bellevue, Wash./Michigan

Holder - 27 William Chandler 6-0 191, So., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

KOR - 8 Kevin Smith 6-0 209, So., Compton, Calif./Centennial
24 Jesse Callier 5-10 200, So., Downey, Calif./Warren

PR - 9 Devin Aguilar 6-0 195, Sr., Denver, Colo./Mullen OR
2 Kasen Williams 6-2 212, Fr., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

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