It turned chilly this morning, as you may have noticed. But it's all just part of coach Steve Sarkisian's preparation for every eventuality of the football season.
"We’re just trying to prepare for late-October, early November: a little wind, a little chill in the air," he said after the first of today's two practices.
And actually, upon further review, Sarkisian noted that he wasn't fully happy with some of his team's play in the sizzling heat of the Tuesday scrimmage.
"We had to address some things off the film from an effort point of view," he said. "I thought we got a little tired maybe, the sun was beating on them. The one thing around here that we pride ourselves on is playing with great effort, and there were times yesterday or last night when that didn’t occur. So I addressed it and I thought guys were fantastic this morning."
More from the scrimmage, this time on the lines:
"I thought they were good. Obviously the ones were a little limited in the number of reps that they had. But I thought they did some nice things communication-wise. Again, looking at the film, Greg Christine was fantastic just getting guys lined up and doing some things. Our young kids did some nice things, but ultimately it’s the understanding of the way we play, the effort we play with, especially the young defensive linemen: We can’t afford to have loafs. We go 100 miles per hour and if you need to get a break, get a break. Those are some of the things we address."
And on if there were any surprises in the scrimmage:"I don’t know if there was so much surprise standouts. I thought the guys what had done things all camp long continued to do it. Tim Tucker did some things on special teams that I guess were a little surprising: blocked a punt, did some different things that he hadn’t really shown to put him more on the forefront of special teams work."
And more on this morning's practice:"It was good. Crisp. A lot of third-down work, a lot of emphasis on third down. We probably had over 30 reps on third down, which was good. From the quarterback perspective and wide receiver and the timing, it was for our defense: a lot of nickel situations for them. So I though all in all it was good work."
With Sarkisian apparently fully focused on his own team, he had he hadn't given any thought at all to reports that alma mater and opening UW opponent BYU appears ready to shift to independent status in football.