Here's a transcript of what coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters after practice on Wednesday.
(Travis Coons happy to be kicking off again?) "He is. Travis is a really competitive kid. He didn’t like it when we took one phase of it from him, quite honestly, at the beginning of the year. But he handled it well and now he’s got the opportunity again and he’s doing a fantastic job for us. He’s had a tremendous season punting the football and not just sheer numbers but his ability to pin people deep. The fake punt there against Stanford. Obviously he hasn’t missed a kick. And his kickoffs have been better than ever. His hangtime’s good, he’s allowing us to cover better. I’m proud of him. The way his junior year ended, to come back his senior year and have the year he’s having right now, I’m really happy for him."
(Competition at receiver) "It’s going great. Guys are performing well. We’re going to need them all. We’re at a point now in the season where the number of plays we’re running, the pace we’re operating at, we feel really good about our six guys, that they can go in and play. So opposite of Kevin we’ve got two guys (Marvin Hall and John Ross), really three guys -- DiAndre (Campbell) can fill in there some too -- that can all play in there. We’re confident they’ll do a good job."
(On Demore'ea Stringfellow) "You see his stature, he’s obviously a very big guy. What he provides is he’s got tremendous strength in catching the football, his hand-eye coordination, his ability to catch the football even when people are on him is the unique quality that he possesses. It happened today in our third-down competition with the defense, I think he had three catches against the first defense, very contested, was really covered but he’s so big and strong and has such strong hands to catch the ball. I think that’s the unique thing about him."
(Can a receiver be too big?) "I don’t know that. I don’t know if we’re too big. Some of the best guys in the NFL right now, Megatron, I don’t know how big that dude is, but he’s a big guy. I think there have been plenty of guys that have had success in football that have been big receivers, and I also think there’s a place for smaller guys and the average sized guys. It’s how you use them, it’s the situations you put them in. I think that’s the most important."
(Can Stringfellow catch the same passes as Kasen Williams?) "I think so, without a doubt. It’s a natural fit for String to do a lot of the similar things that Kasen did. It plays to the same strengths right now. I think String can grow into even more of a role as he moves forward but it’s a natural fit for him right now."
(Changes on punt and kick return) "Marvin (Hall) will be returning punts, and String will be back returning kickoffs with John Ross. Just trying to get our best guys in position and obviously understanding Kevin’s role offensively and how important he is to what we’re doing, trying to minimize a little bit of what he’s doing on special teams right now because he’s so vital to us."
(Will Darrell Daniels play some at TE?) "We’re getting closer to it. Hopefully we can get him in there for a few plays here and there. He’s doing a good job on special teams. He’s got a great attitude about it and I think his future’s very bright at the position."
(On Colorado WR Paul Richardson) "We need to know where he is, that’s for sure. I really think he’s a talented guy, he’s very versatile. He’s not a one-dimensional guy. He catches the ball deep, he catches it short, he goes across the middle. He plays hard. I’m impressed with the way he plays the game."
(On Colorado's defense) "I think the two ends are really good, 56 and 96 are good players coming off the edge. I think 44, for a true freshman is a tackling machine. And the corner, (Greg) Henderson, makes a lot of plays. He gets challenged quite a bit. He’s on some islands over there. I think he has four picks on the year. He’s a really competitive guy. I think they’re very well coached. They play hard and they’ve got good schemes. We need to go out and play a really good football game, because they’re going to give us all we want."
(Is Colorado rebuilding process similar to what you went through in 2009?) "I think so. I think part of it is just changing the culture as we’ve talked so much about here. As much as we want to say it’s about the Xs and Os and recruiting, it’s the culture of the entire organization, from the administration to your coaching staff to the players. I think that’s what he’s doing and you can see it in the way they play. Those kids play hard, and that’s the first thing you need to get accomplished is that you play hard regardless of the score, regardless of whether you’re ahead, behind, first quarter, fourth quarter, it’s how hard you play the game. So that was one of our first tasks and I think we accomplished that, and I think they’re doing a good job of that as well."
(Why do you usually win after bye weeks?) "I think we have a decent formula of getting enough work in during the bye week from a schematic standpoint with our regulars. Also focusing on our young players and giving them some reinforcement of hey, you’re here, we’re coaching you, so that when you come back into the game week, those guys are motivated because of the last week of being coached, your vets got a little bit of rest and a little bit of scheme stuff, they feel fresh about going into practice. And then ultimately you have really spirited practices the week of the game, because you’ve got two groups, one that needed some rest to kind of freshen up, another group that got motivated because they got coached, and now you have really good practices and ultimately you go out and play a good ballgame."