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Steve Sarkisian Press Conference Notes

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The first week press conference is in the books. The season is officially here. We made it.

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Here are some of the highlights from what Steve Sarkisian had to say:

  • Confirmed that Micah Hatchie will be the opening game starter at left tackle, and that putting Ben Riva out there in training camp was about getting Ben some reps out there so that they have a firm backup plan if something should happen to Hatchie. My guess would be that Riva would flip to the left, with James Atoe filling in for Riva in that situation.
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins is not yet cleared to play, medically. Still recovering from surgery on his pinkie. Sark was asked if he will play even if medically cleared, and Sark was pretty annoyed that members of the media haven't yet gotten it that he's not going to talk about that.
  • Sark went into detail about how he's evolved as an offensive coach since he's been at UW. He came from USC as a 100% pro style guy, then added some more spread stuff as the years went on. He said that it was due to the abilities of the personnel that he had (or didn't have). Note that he never had a QB who wasn't a statue when he was at USC.
  • In addition to John Ross and Elijah Qualls, the anticipation is that Damore'ea Stringfellow, Darrell Daniels and Trevor Walker will get playing time. String being named is not a surprise. Daniels in that group throws a ton of water on the thought that he ends up at linebacker. Walker had a really good spring and safety depth is thin, so that makes sense.
  • Sark feels as good or better about this offensive line compared to the other offensive lines he's had since he's been at UW.
  • Called Kevin Smith's training camp "phenomenal".

That was about it, Dawg fans. Here's a picture Tosh Lupoi tweeted for your viewing pleasure:

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