"I think our guys have really come into this camp with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, which isn't necessarily a bad thing," he said. "I think the perception is that, `You know what? Washington is pretty good. That was the number 10 team in the country they went toe to toe with.'
"Hopefully we've improved form that. And this is what training is camp and the season is about, to see if it holds true."
INSIDE CAMP: Sarkisian loves Price's added bulk and his command of not just the offense but the entire field and team. "I think he looked strong," the coach said. As for how the QB gained the 10 or so pounds he's put on to better withstand hits this season, Price smiled and said, "Eat. Eat. Eat. I eat everything." ... Price is wearing a brace again over his left knee that bothered him for much of last season. It is a precautionary measure. "Yeah, I think it's a permanent thing," he said of the brace. "In a couple more practices I'll be used to it again." ... Starting OL Erik Kohler's knee popped out and back in again during practice. Sarkisian said "it will be a couple days" before the junior will practice again. ... First-team DBs Sean Parker and Greg Ducre left with heat-related ailments. Both are considered temporary. ... Determined TB Deontae Cooper was catching passes out of the backfield and running well with a brace on his right knee, which has been reconstructed in each of the last two years to delay the start of his UW career. Sarkisian called it a "good first start. We got enough out of him." Starting OL Colin Tanigawa (ACL tear in November) was also on the field for limited work. "It's going to be a gradual process," Sarkisian said of Cooper and Tanigawa. "But I was pleased with that." ... Play of the first day: The speedy Shirley ran stride for stride down the sideline with Seferian-Jenkins on a zone blitz. In moves that showed both sophomores' athleticism, Seferian-Jenkins leaped, caught the ball and got a foot down inside the sideline before landing on his back - all while Shirley ran, leaped high and interfered with the tight end.