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Quick-hit stuff from Sarkisian's press conference Monday

Here are some bullet points from UW coach Steve Sarkisian's noon meeting with the press heading into the bye week:

* The third-year UW coach said certain key players, notably quarterback Keith Price (knees, ankle, leg), will get lots of rest. No player will totally have the next three days off, instead doing light individual work.

He noted that, in general, he likes giving his starting quarterback time off, regardless of health status.

* In terms of maintenance work this week, one point of emphasis is his players' pad level on both sides of scrimmage. "Too high for me," Sarkisian said.

* From this point on, even with all the numbers Price has put up, Sarkisian said he and his staff will continue to preach the difference between "extending plays, and extending plays too long," which has lead to a couple of turnovers.

Probably a half-second.

* Sarkisian was asked if he considered putting backup quarterback Nick Montana in the game in the fourth quarter. He acknolwedged he did at the "71/2-minute" mark, but because of some previous end-of-game issues by the offense in earlier contests, he decided against it to give the No. 1 offense a taste of what it was like to finish games (insert own opinion here).

As expected, Montana will get plenty of first-team repetitions this week.

* Sarkisian said he wished he had played safety Nate Fellner (hamstring) against Utah, particularly late when he felt the defensive backfield with Sean Parker and Justin Glenn got a tad sloppy because of fatigue.

Sounds like it will be a time-share position at free safety.

* Defensive tackle Semisi Tokolahi (foot) played a lot against Utah - 30 snaps. The Huskies needed it, too, since Danny Shelton (foot) was held out after pre-game warmups.

* Through the first month, second to Price's hot start, Sarkisian said the best development has been the play of the special teams.

* Sarkisian reiterated he thought the UW's "much-criticized" defense won the game at Utah.

* Kickoff for the Colorado game is 12:30 p.m, and will be televised by Root Sports.