Steve Sarkisian says Huskies need to fix turnover problems

Sep 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Huskies running back Dwayne Washington (12) rushes the ball against Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Austin Teitsma (44) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Huskies are off to an excellent start this season and are looking to challenge the Oregon Ducks and Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 North for the first time in years. However, the team has been lackluster when it comes to both taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers. The Huskies are tied for last in the conference in turnover margin, a stat that head coach Steve Sarkisian knows the team needs to work on before the schedule gets tougher.

Said Sarkisian:

We’ve really made it a point this week to try get after the football, 1, for our own good; we need to get more turnovers, we need to cause more fumbles, we need the ball to come out; but 2, we need it offensively. We need them to attack our guys to get the ball out to put an emphasis on it so that we take care of it even better than we have (The Seattle Times).

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Dwayne Washington fumbled on both his carries against Illinois. Johnny Nansen, the running backs coach, says it’s nothing to worry about, though, and that Dwayne Washington has had great practices this week.

The Huskies should stomp FCS Idaho State this weekend. They open up conference play against the Arizona Wildcats on September 28th before playing Stanford and Oregon on consecutive Saturdays.

[Source: The Seattle Times]

Topics: Steve Sarkisian, Washington Huskies

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