The Huskies will fly to Chicago Thursday afternoon, hit a movie Friday, then take the field Saturday.
The first road game of the year comes against an Illinois (2-0) team with a spunky offense and suspect defense. Couple quick hits from our Thursday conversation with Steve Sarkisian:
> Sarkisian said they are searching for "consistency" on the road this year. Same attire as home games and a mantra of anyone, anytime and anywhere.
> Sarkisian said the recent reports alleging corruption at Oklahoma State from Sports Illustrated and payouts to others from a Yahoo! report, serve as good learning tools. He said, "It's great to learn from others, unfortunately for them, but fortunately for us. We just try to educate our guys best we can. I sympathize with those programs and the stuff they are going through and the potential distractions it could cause for them, but, man there's so many temptations out there for these guys. I think that's the biggest thing to try to educate them on. There's so many temptations, that if they can just focus on playing good football, going to school, enjoying this experience, then they'll be OK."
> Sarkisian said OL Erik Kohler is progressing. "Whenever he does get back to full strength, we'll be fortunate to have him."
> Sarkisian also said the starting offensive line played 83 of the 86 snaps against Boise State. (Sidenote here: The stats say Washington ran 85 plays; Sarkisian and offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto have said during the week that the Huskies ran 86 plays). "Our tempo was good last game. That was encouraging, the condition that they were in." Sarkisian said the line as a whole played "really well" and then specifically mentioned the return of Colin Tanigawa as beneficial.