If you want to listen to the replay of it, KJR has the link here.
Obviously the biggest news from the press conference is the status of Jake Locker and the deep thigh bruise he's been bothered by on his right leg.
When pressed about the status of Locker for Saturday's game against UCLA, Sarkisian called him "questionable."
"I'd say he's questionable,'" Sarkisian said. " Jake's the kind of guy, the first time you ask him he's going to tell you that he's playing. But we have to be smart. We have to be the ones that assess him and how he looks physically to us. I don't want to put the kid in jeopardy out there and put a guy who is injured out there playing. So we'll assess him and I really think it's day-to-day with him. We have to see how he responds to this thing after a day of running on it."
And Sarkisian was right. Jake didn't seem overly concerned about the situation.
"Yeah, I should be ready to go," Sarkisian said. "We’ll see how it progresses through the week."
Smart money says that Locker will play too. He's played through worse pain.
So what will Sark being looking for in practice this week from Jake to determine he's ready?
"Well, just a mobility standpoint," he said. "I don’t want to put a guy out there that can’t move, that is just a sitting target to get hit. So we’ll assess him daily. I think it’s getting healthy by the day. But with that comes the workload of: do you work him and then it’s one hit and then he’s back out? Is it one strain and it hurts him again? So we’ve got to be cognizant of that. If all of a sudden he takes one hit in the first quarter and he’s out, so we’ve got to be smart of what we’re doing rep-wise to get Ronnie prepared as well."
Regardless of what he sees this week from Jake, it will change a few things for the game plan.
"Well, you just can’t have the quarterback run," Sarkisian said. "That really limits what you’re doing. It really limits some of the zone read stuff, although Ronnie is capable of doing it. It limits it in terms of what you do with the ball in the quarterback’s hands to really run with the football. It would be foolish of us to have a bunch of plays where we’ve got quarterback runs called for Jake or for Ronnie if it’s an injured Jake, and Ronnie, that’s not his strength. So we’ll just have to do it accordingly.
Locker will be limited in practice this week and Sarkisian believes he needs to practice on some level if he's going to play on Saturday.
"I think it would be difficult for him not to practice to be fine in a game," Sarkisian said. "We need to be smart with this, to get him the reps to assess where he is but not try to kill him Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, so that we can get to the game. So we’ll be smart with how we monitor him and the number of reps that he gets. But also, we need to challenge him in such a way that we can assess where he is physically."
If Locker couldn't play, then Fouch would get the start, which Sarkisian has no problem with.
"I feel fine," he said. "I think the way this game plan is set up, I think Ronnie could go in and perform very well."
Locker also expressed confidence in Fouch.
“He’s very talented, understands the offense," Locker said. "I think he would give us a really good opportunity to win a football game”
Ultimately though, I think the staff and Jake expect him to play.
"I think it will be a collaboration, definitely," Locker said on who determines if he'll play. "They are going to expect me to be honest with them and how I feel and what I’d be able to do. But ultimately come down what they feel is best for me and this football team."
And will Jake be honest?
"Oh yeah," he said. "I expect to be out there definitely."
Other notes ...
EJ Savannah probably won't play on Saturday.
"E.J. is very doubtful," Sarkisian said. " He had hand surgery on his hand again. I'd be surprised if he could go Saturday, but I've seen stranger things. We'll assess him as the days go by, but he's very doubtful."
Anthony Boyles should see time at cornerback.
"Well, he did some things just from a sheer athleticism standpoint last week," Sarkisian said. "Now as we get into game plan mode it's going to be how he can handle the subtleties of the defense, the mixing of coverages. He's obviously very talented, he's athletic, he's physical, he's long, which is a nice matchup for us because Embree and Rosario are both nice, tall receivers for them so it will be interesting to see how he can grasp the overall game plan as we head into this week of really implementing a gameplan and how he can respond and execute it.''
Jason Wells should see time at safety, but Sarkisian wasn't sure how much.
Sarkisian said he isn't opposed to burning quarterback Keith Price's redshirt if Locker can't go and Fouch is struggling.
"I’d love to redshirt Keith," he said. "But if we’ve got to win the game, we’ve got to win the game. If it got to a point where neither of those guys could play, we’d play Keith."