No suspension news, no health news, no real news. It was a quiet day at Monday’s luncheon with Steve Sarkisian.
To the quick hits:
> Washington has struggled on the road under Sarkisian. It was 2-5 last season, including a neutral field loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Sarkisian says the team is pushing a mantra of closing out all distractions.
> Sarkisian he watched the Illinois game live Saturday morning. Says, “We have our work cut out for us.”
> Washington is wondering if the college hashes will be marked on the grass field at Soldier Field. At CenturyLink Field, the Huskies put down slashes to show where the college hashes would be, with the NFL hashes already painted on the field. The hashes are important to Washington since its receivers use them to line up properly. Hash marks in the NFL are lined up with the goal posts. They are 18 feet 6 inches apart and are located 23 7/12 yards from each sideline. Hash marks in college are 40 feet apart and located 20 yards from each sideline.
> Sarkisian reiterated he thought the bye week came at a great time, despite it being in Week 2.
> He also said the Huskies worked on three specific mechanisms of the offense during the bye week and into this week to go faster: “We need to do a better job of handing the ball to the umpire. We were fast getting the ball to officials, but a lot of times they were side judges. We need to get the ball to the umpire so he can spot the ball. Second thing is getting set at the line of scrimmage; our offensive tackles, tight ends, getting set. Then, when we sub from the sidelines, doing it with a real sense of urgency.”
> Sarkisian said a lot of the team watched Illinois play Saturday morning and said the roster is now filled with football junkies. “Not sure if it was that way five years ago,” Sarkisian said.
> Sarkisian said the health and depth is still good.
> The Huskies will be flying to Chicago on Thursday night. That’s typical when the team travels multiple time zones.
> The Pac-12 players of the week: Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, Washington State cornerback Damante Horton, and Arizona kicker Jake Smith.