Here's what interim Washington coach Marques Tuiasosopo had to say after Washington's practice on Monday morning, which concluded at about 9:45.
Also, a brief note that new coach Chris Petersen was watching practice this morning. Not sure if he was there the whole time, but he was there when it concluded. He said hello to Tuiasosopo afterward.
On to the quotes ...
(On the funky sideline setup at AT&T Park) "I think it’s just a challenge in how we want to get it done. We’ll be OK. Teams have played there, I think this is the ninth or 10th game. Obviously ASU is an up-tempo team last year and didn’t seem to have a problem with it. We’ll come up with our plan and we’ll be OK."
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(Pac-12 teams share strategy on that?) "We probably could but you can watch their game and see what they did and see if it fits what you want to do. We can’t pass the 50. That’s the only issue we have to work through but we’ll be OK.
"I was part of the staff at UCLA a couple of years ago when we played in this game and we did fine. There wasn’t any reason … that didn’t cause us not to play well or cause us not to win the game."
(Practice this week?) "They’re doing great. They’re hungry. It’s a process, then they have finals, then there’s a couple practices where you come out and have fun and try to get better at something. And now the focus narrows to the bowl game and our opponent. They’ve been doing a great job, need to keep working, decent job today then we have a few more before heading down to San Francisco."
(On players wanting ninth win) "They’re hungry. They have a chip on their shoulder like they’ve had all year and I think they’re really focused on playing well and playing a certain brand of football, tough Husky football, and winning. These seniors have worked hard to bring our program to this level, back where we’re winning football games, and they’re fired up to have one more game to go get a ninth win. I think they’re focused on that. It’s been showing today and the four practices we’ve had."
(Being on the road for Christmas) "You make do. Santa makes his way everywhere. Our kids are making sure to remind us to bring Santa some cookies and some milk down there. That’s the great thing about it is we do get to have our families down there. It’ll be just like we’re at home."
(Will families be there all week?) "Yeah. It’s a great time for all our staff and families to be together and we’ll try to make it as home-feel as we can on Christmas day."
(Play both quarterbacks?) "I’m not sure. Obviously Keith and Cyler are both very capable of doing whatever it is we plan to do. We’re just going to prepare like we always have. If that’s something we deicde to do, then it is. I don’t know from a strategy standpoint if it makes a difference or not."
(Keith Price's shoulder getting better with time?) "Definitely. Time has been great to him. He even said it. Man, coach. With this time off, my arm feels great. He’s back to his old self. He’s a tough kid, and he’s a battler and competitor. That wasn’t the issue when it was hurting. He’s fired up he’s coming back to normal."
(On focus and preparation) "We just focus on what we can control, and that’s our preparation and how we practice. And through that process, we’ve been able to go out and win some games, some better than others. That’s what we focus on now. We have 10, 12, 13 practices to get as good as we can get and prepare well for BYU, then we have a chance to go out and show what our preparation has done, and be ready to and play well."
(Still talk to Keith Price on headset?) "I’m still coaching the quarterbacks. We’ll still have our same corps on the sideline. I don’t see it changing that much. Obviously I might be more in tune to what the defense is doing, Coach Wilcox, and from a game strategy standpoint. I don’t see it changing too much of how we interact on gameday."
(How much input will you have in play-calling?) "Kiesau will be calling the plays. We gameplan as a staff. Everyone has input and we talk about it to see if we can put the best gameplan forward and use all the minds that we have up there. Kiesau will do a great job. He’s fired up about the opportunity to be back in a play-calling role. We all have input. We see how the game’s going and we’ll do the best to put our kids in the best position to see our kids continue to succeed."
(Will John Ross continue to play defense?) "It just depends what’s going on over there from a matchup standpoint. Obviously he’s done a great job when he had to do that late in the year and he’s ready for the call if need be."
(Change to coaches in booth vs. field?) "It’ll change a little. Our graduate assistants on both sides of the ball are ready to move up or move down in the role we need them to and we’re very confident in their ability to relay information either way."
(Who will be in the booth and on field?) "We haven’t figured that out yet. We’re still talking about it to see how it’s going to be the best for us on gameday."