UW’s Chris Petersen says Huskies ready to ‘rebuild’ after winning Pac-12 title

Petersen: “I just don’t believe in — I don’t think you reload. That’s not our mentality at all. At all. We rebuild. That’s just the mindset. We’re not even kind of the same team we were last year.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Here’s what Washington coach Chris Petersen had to say on the main stage at Pac-12 media days Wednesday after the Huskies were installed as the front-runners in the North.

(Opening) Afternoon, everybody. Excited to be here. Football season right around the corner. I think we feel excited about our chances this year. We’ve got some good returning players.

Two of them are here today. Linebacker Keishawn Bierria, Narbonne High School, out of the area, and our quarterback Jake Browning from Folsom High School. I think those two guys have done a great job all summer with leadership things, helping our team improve through the summer when coaches aren’t around.

And on Monday we get a chance to get started and get after it. That being said, fire away.

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Q: Chris, when you were recruiting Jake Browning, how much did you look at his offense?

CHRIS PETERSEN: Yeah, I think for the most part we’re always looking at skill set. It’s probably the first thing that gets us in the door. Then most importantly after that is his mentality. The quarterback position, I think the physical parts of the quarterback position are completely overrated. So we felt really good about certainly how he threw the ball, but we’re more excited about how he thought about the game and processed the game.

Q: (Off microphone)?

CHRIS PETERSEN: I think height, and arm strength and all that, foot speed. I think it’s overrated. It’s important, but it’s overrated. That’s what everybody gets so excited about. The best of the best, they’re accurate throwers, great decision makers, and awesome in the pocket in tight spaces.

Q: When it comes to maintaining consistency in the program, what are the barriers to that? What makes it difficult?

CHRIS PETERSEN: You know, I think talent is probably the number one. I think that’s what I think about for us. I think we’ve got really good guys that know how we operate and are all about those type of things. So I think if you get the injury bug and those type of things, you’re always going to have to recoup.

We lost some really good players off this last team. But everybody has that. We’ve got to get the young guys going….

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