Coach and Player Quotes from 2009 Pac-10 Football Media Day

July 30, 2009

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian

Opening Statement:
'It's really great to be here. It's an unbelievable honor to be the head coach of this program. What this program is built on. There is an aura about this place that is exciting. Obviously, taking this football program over where we were at eight months ago, we are not the same football team. We look like a different football team. We are a better football team. I think our kids have changed their attitudes with a work ethic that it is a want to not a have to. I think we are changing our culture. We have a mind set that we want to win. We want to win sooner rather than later. The resources have been there. /The community and backing has been there for us. It is an exciting time for Husky football.'

On opening the season against LSU:
'We kick off with LSU on Labor Day weekend on national television. It's exciting for our guys and us as coaches. It's a 7:30 p.m. kick off at Husky Stadium, the latest kick off ever at that place. We are hoping it is rocking and fun.'

On the status of some junior college transfers:
'Officially, we will know by next week exactly where they are at. We have a couple of guys finishing some things up. We've got about five guys coming in next week, but we are waiting on that until next week.'

On having a USC background and using some of the same philosophies at Washington:
'I think there will be some natural similarities. Some of our schemes that we run on both sides of the ball. I would be a fool to try and go up there and reinvent the wheel, but we have to play to our strengths. Eventually, there will be quite a few differences because we have to play who we are.'

On quarterback Jake Locker:
'Jake Locker is obviously a great talent. But what is better than how fast Jake runs or how tall he is or how strong his arm is, he's a great human being. He's very bright and he's put in the time and the effort to want to be special and to want to be great. He's been an exciting example for the rest of our young kids to look up to.'

Washington linebacker Donald Butler

On the changes Coach Sarkisian has implemented so far for the team:
'I would say the biggest change would just be the fire and passion that the coaches bring day in and day out. It shows us what it takes to win a game and be a consistent competitor at the top of the Pac-10.'

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