Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has proven to be as open and honest with the media as any coach in the country. Just over a week away from the season-opener at BYU, Sarkisian is pumped up about his team.
Sark said, "I love where we're at. I love our kicking game. We are so much further along than we were last year at this time.
"Defensively, to watch our guys fly around and play, we are playing faster football and I think part of it is that we are almost appearing faster than we really are because our knowledge of the defense is so much better in year two than in year one, and that's a credit to nick and his staff to get that done, so I love where they are at.”
"I wanted to make sure our screen game improved offensively. I thought we were very poor to average last year on offense (in the screen game) and I think we got that done. I wanted to see us defensively play more man-to-man coverage and challenge more routes, and I think we have proved we can do that in this training camp. And I wanted to make sure we are a physical football team. We've got a nice array of skilled athletes on our team, but at the end of the day this game is about blocking and tackling and to do that you've got to be physical and I think we got all of those things accomplished.''
"You have to put them in situations to allow them to be physical. You can talk about it all you want, but you have to do short-yardage and goal line live scrimmages. Have to scrimmage and tackle and block, and have to talk pad level and stress it and do board drills and things of that nature that let the players know that one, it's okay to do that, and two, they are capable of doing that.''
UW will travel to Provo, Utah to take on Sarkisian's alma mater on September 2nd.