Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian will be out on the road recruiting starting today and into tomorrow. He and nine assistants will be on the road for two days trying to maximize a short recruiting window. Sarkisian said he will be in southern California, and that members of the staff will be up and down the West Coast, in Arizona and down to Texas.
> Sarkisian said the trip will be to both maintain commitments and try to secure new ones.
> On this week’s practices: “I thought we got some good early gameplan stuff for Stanford. I thought we addressed some issues that needed to be addressed. We did some good situational work, especially today.”
> Travis Coons hit a 42-yard field goal today to end practice during a drill when the kicker is iced to simulate an end-game situation.
>Transfer cornerback Travell Dixon was in pads and participated in seven-on-seven drills Thursday.
> Sarkisian said the team’s health has improved. “We got guys back, and we didn’t lose any more.”
> Sarkisian on the offensive line: “I’ll feel better probably into next week. The challenge is going from (facing) a 4-3 team to a 3-4 team. It took a few days for us to get back to the fundamentals of playing that style of defense, the two-gapping defense, the zone blitz out of that.”
> Sarkisian said LSU is much different offensively than Stanford. He said LSU is more traditional, and Stanford believes in playing their big guys in “jumbo” sets or splitting out its tight ends and using tight ends as wide receivers. “The team speed LSU possessed was a bit different than probably anybody we’ll see here, maybe outside of Oregon and SC.”
> Sarkisian said he would classify Stanford as a defense-first football team.
> Sarkisian also said he still anticipates the third receiver position being one by committee. He mentioned Jaydon Mickens, DiAndre Campbell, Cody Bruns and Marvin Hall as players to step into that spot.