- Today was Coach Sark’s Fall Camp press conference, the very first one of the new season that signals to the media that the season has officially started. During the conference, Sark discussed the changing perception that other teams and the nation may have of the University of Washington Huskies: “We’re not flying under the radar anymore. Teams have circled us on their schedules.”
- When asked to name some standouts from the off-season Sark basically ran through the roster noting that a ton of guys have put in a great deal of hard-work and effort in preparation for the season. Included in his list were Michael Hartvigson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Sean Parker, Connor Cree, Talia Crichton, John Timu, Keith Price, Andrew Hudson, and Kasen Williams.
- Several members of the media posed questions about the running back situation and asked what Coach Sark sees in Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey. Sark replied “they have both been diligent in their preparation.” When asked to go further and speak about the running styles of the two backs, Sark said “Jesse obviously is a Jack-of-all-trades” and that he “thought Bishop had a great spring.” Sark also emphasized that their is much more time to “gather information” on players and positions, especialy for the backfield.
- It appears that “gathering information” is a big theme of training camp as Sark used the phrase to respond to hypothetical questions about position competitions and individual player roles.
- Moving to academics, Sark was excited about the summer classroom performance of the incoming freshman. The players participated in the Summer LEAP program that gets student-athletes started early on their college career. Coach said that the average GPA for the course was 3.5, the highest he has seen since coming aboard as head coach. He attributed this in part to the character makeup of the incoming athletes and to Associate Athletic Director for Student Development Kim Durand, who helps to drive the LEAP program.
- Also, Coach Sark pointed out that the players’ playbooks have gone completely digital. The players now exclusively use iPads as playbooks to access and learn plays.
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