The short week of work for the Huskies has concluded. Players will get time off from today through the weekend as they head into the second half of the season - starting with an Oct. 14 home tilt against Colorado.
Plenty of questions about how backup quarterback Nick Montana felt not seeing action in last week's 31-14 victory at Utah, especially with Keith Price hobbled (Don Ruiz addressed that issue in his story today).
Here is a highlight:
Sarkisian said it is sometimes difficult for reserve quarterbacks to remain fully engaged for week after week without playing. However, he noted that Montana hasn’t fallen into that trap.
"I thought he played with confidence, a real sense of urgency, which is important to have," Sarkisian said. "… Sometimes when you’re a backup you have the tendency to go through the motions, and I didn’t think Nick did that at all this week. I thought he had a real nice sense of urgency, played with a purpose and had a nice week."
Montana said he wants to play – just like all of the little-used players who scrimmaged Wednesday. But he said he has no complaints, especially with the Huskies off to 4-1 start.
"What I came here to do is play, so everyone wants to get out there," he said. "It’s a little tough. But, still, just competing in practice and just always keeping yourself ready, that just motivates me. It’s not too hard. Backups, you are pretty close to being in, so you’ve always got to be ready. … It’s good we are going good, the team is doing good. You can’t complain."
Other morning links:
* With dad on the road, linebacker Nick Holt, Jr. was one of those young players who stood out in the mini-scrimmage Wednesday, writes the Everett Herald's Scott Johnson.
* Holder William Chandler is one of the UW's student-athletes seriously getting it done in the classroom as well, writes GoHuskies.com's Gregg Bell.
* The UW Daily also details Montana's increased role this week in practice.
* Here is a report back in Florida about how well former UW linebacker Mason Foster has panned out as an NFL rookie for Tampa Bay.