Today during his weekly press conference, Coach Sark said that he was disappointed that the outcome of Saturday’s game did not reflect the work that the Huskies had put in during the week of practice leading up to the trip. Further, he said he expects the team to be able to harvest those gains each week and translate their work into success. Coach Sark did not offer any quick fixes to the media other than old-fashioned hard work, something that he stated was the only path that he knew to an improved result.
Coach Sark chalked up the performance to breakdowns in execution and scheme, but he never questioned the character qualities of the team and cited it as reason why he “want[s] success for them” and why he believes the Dawgs’ will bite back.
“They do everything we ask them to at least to the best of their ability.” Coach Sark added, “I appreciate their work ethic. I appreciate their desire.”
Back in Seattle, the Dawgs have had a good deal of success, going 3-1 at their temporary home CenturyLink Field. Despite the home triumphs, the 6-0 Beavers of Oregon State pose a real threat. But as Coach Sark has reiterated all year, this team needs to focus on the tangibles and executing their individual assignments.
“Try to control what you can control and be tough enough to mentally persevere,” said Coach Sark.
The truth is evident, the key to the next game, and the season for that matter, are the 102 men who wear the purple and the gold.
“At times of adversity you really get acquainted with yourself,” said Coach Sark. “The conversations from within are critical for us.”
According to Coach Sark, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams were bright spots for the team. The two big targets combined for 190 yards on 16 receptions against the Wildcats. Also, Coach Sark said he was pleased with the play of the right side of the offensive line. Right tackle Ben Riva returned Saturday from injury to start, and James Atoe and Mike Criste rotated at right guard.
As mentioned earlier, the Dawgs face off with Oregon State this Saturday evening. Catch it on the Pac-12 Networks or join the Dawg Pack at CenturyLink Field.