What we learned from UW coach Chris Petersen’s presser 10/22

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“At the end of the day, you figure out a way”

Ever the optimist, Petersen opened the presser by saying he was happy to get a win. The conference is tough with parity across the board, the Huskies played hard and did what it took to win.

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He thought the offense shot themselves in the foot at times, but at other times did the job. This has been a common theme over much of the season. The coach reiterated that they are always trying to be better. It was another positive way to say that mistakes happen and that they can be better. You won’t hear Petersen say many negative things and if he does, he will always follow with a positive or uplifting comment.

Sean McGrew and Kamari Pleasant have picked up the slack after the Myles Gaskin injury

The two young, backup running backs were called upon later in the Oregon game and each gained 30 yards, with Pleasant breaking out for a 19-yard run. Against Colorado, those two were given a heavier workload (22 combined rushes) and Washingon’s coach was not surprised by their productivity. Petersen expected them to contribute based on how well they have practiced all season.

The depth of the running back group has been an asset for the coaching staff and a good support system for QB Jake Browning. When the offense struggled, McGrew, Pleasant, and Salvon Ahmed helped pick up the slack. The usually durable Gaskin may miss more time meaning we will see more of McGrew and Pleasant.