Huskies say they’re ready if Boise State football goes up-tempo again


Chris Petersen addresses the media (more videos at the bottom of this file)

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

WASHINGTON ADJUSTS TO BOISE STATE’S NO-HUDDLE ATTACK

Boise State used its no-huddle package extensively in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, which the Broncos won 28-26. They led 18-3 midway through the second quarter.

The Broncos used the no-huddle for most of their two public scrimmages this year, too.

Washington, which has implemented an Oregon-style offensive approach this year, figures it will be able to defend an up-tempo offense better this year.

“They’ve really improved in defending the up-tempo, which was a key component coming into training camp,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said of his defense. “If you asked me four or five things we needed to get better at, that would be one of them, if not the top one. … I think we’ve addressed it really well. If Boise comes out up-tempo Saturday night, I feel much better today defending that style of offense than I did nine months ago.”

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NOTES & QUOTES

— Boise State running back commit Squally Canada is planning to visit Oregon State. He says he’s still committed to Boise State, but players who take other visits usually do not end up with the Broncos. Here is what Canada said when he committed.

—Sarkisian on playing at renovated Husky Stadium: “I think (the players) have been great dealing with the potential distractions … what’s really going to make this place special is how we play, the product we put on the field.”

— Sarkisian on his team: “It’s been nine months with a lot of question marks, and a lot of who is this team, are they mentally tough, can they handle being in tight games against good teams, are they consistent enough? I think that’s really put a chip on their shoulder, and they’re eager to prove that they can be that team.”

— Sarkisian on his team II: “I like our depth. Our depth is night and day compared to where we’ve ever been, whether that’s on offense, defense or special teams. I like the maturity of this team. The one thing I’ve been impressed with, and I told the guys this, is when I’ve asked them to do something, they respond to it. It’s not like I have to pull teeth. When I’ve gone out and asked for more energy, I’ve gotten it. When I’ve asked for more physicality, I’ve gotten it. When I’ve asked our guys to stay off the ground, I’ve gotten it. When I’ve asked them to eliminate distractions and put laser focus on the tasks at hand, I’ve gotten it. And that really feels so different to me. And the leaders have helped the younger players understand that aspect of it, so I’ve been impressed by that.”

— Washington starting defensive tackle Evan Hudson is a converted tight end. He likely will play both positions against the Broncos. “He was banging on me again about it today, making sure we had enough of him in the game plan on offense, too,” Sarkisian said Monday.

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TUESDAY LINKS

— AP’s Ralph Russo projects Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

— Former star wide receiver Herman Moore interviews Kellen Moore for DetroitLions.com.

— ESPN’s Mark Schlabach’s conference-by-conference predictions here.

— I posted this a couple weeks ago, but the Huskies expect to pick up the pace this year. Story here.

Here is this week’s college football schedule.

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OUR COVERAGE

Monday story: Husky Stadium
Monday blog: New and notes from Petersen’s press conference
Tuesday story: Dan Goodale regains starting job
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report

Live chat: 10 a.m. Friday at IdahoStatesman.com.

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HUSKIES COVERAGE

— The Seattle Times coverage is here. Follow beat writer Adam Jude at @A_Jude.

— The Tacoma News Tribune coverage is here. Follow beat writer Todd Dybas at @Todd_Dybas.

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GAME NOTES

Boise State game notes

Boise State depth chart

Boise State 2012 stats

Washington game notes

Washington depth chart

Mountain West weekly release

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GAME FACTS

Boise State at Washington

When: 8:05 p.m. MDT Saturday

Where: Husky Stadium (70,000, FieldTurf), Seattle

TV: Fox Sports 1 (219 on DirecTV, 150 on Dish Network and 26/493HD on Cable One); Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Season opener; Boise State was 11-2 last year, Washington was 7-6

Rankings: Boise State is No. 19 in the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls; Washington is receiving votes in both

Series: Tied 1-1 (last meeting: Boise State 28-26, 2012 MAACO Bowl)

Fan colors: Boise States asks fans to wear orange

In Seattle, the Huskies radio broadcast will air on KJR (950 AM).

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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