Here are the inquiries UW coach Steve Sarkisian tackled during the Pacific-10 Conference teleconference Tuesday:
• About Jermaine Kearse's improvement: "One, he's a very bright football player. We line him up all over the field. Two, he has a real basketball background, so he has a nice feel for the ball when the ball is up in the air to go up and get it. Third thing which he's really worked on this offseason has been his ability to make guys miss, and create big plays with the ball in his hands."
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• About defending Nebraska's run game this week: "First thing we have to tackle the quarterback. … Second thing is not losing sight of the big-play passing game. You get caught up and looking at the run, looking at the run, looking at the run, and you go back to Nebraska 30-40 years, they get you geared into the run and, 'Boom,' they pull a play-action post over your head."
• Would beating Nebraska be the biggest win: "This would obviously be a nice win for us. Now I don't know if it's a signature win or not. This is the end of our non-conference schedule, and then we've got a tough Pac-10 slate to come after this. It would be nice to get this win at home."
• What problems does the Cornhuskers defense present: "Their pattern-reading, their ability to match routes is as good as anybody I've ever seen. Second thing, they do a nice job of attacking your protections with their pressure, and they have exotic pressures. Bigger than the coverage, I'm concerned about our protections and making sure we can block them up."
• Big week for the conference: "I think so. They're all big, but this one seems to be, the way the games are setting up, we have some premier matchups. I hope all of us do well."