Oct 12, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian prior to the game against the Oregon Ducks at Husky Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian says Washington Huskies are mentally tougher than in years past


Even though they just lost back-to-back games to the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks, the Washington Huskies won’t have time to wallow. Washington will be on the road this week to play a 4-2 Arizona State Sun Devils team that has one of the most explosive offenses in the Pac-12.

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke about the team’s mental toughness, saying the players need to gather themselves and get ready to take on the high-powered Sun Devils:

We came to practice today and put on our shoulder pads and helmets and got after it “goods on goods” again. There weren’t guys complaining; there weren’t guys tapping out. These guys went right back to it. So I think we are more mentally tough than years past. I think guys almost embrace this role of going on the road now and here’s another great challenge for us. I think that they see this more of an opportunity than a challenge — an opportunity to go do something really cool on the road Saturday that, if we do it the right way, we can accomplish it (The Seattle Times).

The Huskies will certainly have their hands full against the Sun Devils. Arizona State averages 44.2 points and 496.5 yards per game, and wide receiver Jaelen Strong has emerged as a big-play threat in 2013.

[Source: The Seattle Times]

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