Washington coach Steve Sarkisian met with reporters at Monday's press conference, which lasted only 10 minutes -- relatively short for one of these -- with the Huskies coming off a bye week and not a lot of news to cover.
Perhaps most noteworthy is that offensive guard Dexter Charles returned to practice on Monday, Sarkisian said. Charles missed the last two games after suffering a shoulder injury during UW's Oct. 12 loss to Oregon.
Otherwise, Sarkisian said the Huskies' players with "bumps and bruises" were able to get healthier, and the coaching staff used the bye week to take a big-picture look at what worked -- and what didn't -- during the team's first eight games.
As part of that evaluation, Sarkisian concluded that John Ross needs to continue to get the ball offensively (same for Austin Seferian-Jenkins), that the defense needs to tackle better, and that certain rushing plays (the ones that didn't work) need to be called less.
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Asked what gives him confidence that UW can finish the season strong and be successful in its final four games, Sarkisian said: "I’ve been talking about the maturity of this team all year long. They understand what’s in front of them. They understand there’s some unique challenges here. Each one of these games will be different, but that we’re capable of doing it. I see no reason why we won’t. I think we’re going to play great football. They’re all going to be hard. None of them are going to be easy. They’re all hard. Football’s hard. Colorado’s going to come fired up, ready to play. It’s always difficult to win at UCLA, Oregon State, and then obviously the Apple Cup. They’re going to be hard, but I just think we’ll be ready to go."
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