UW’s Chris Petersen on Cal’s Justin Wilcox, Ross Bowers, kicking competition and more

Petersen on first head-to-head matchup against Wilcox, his defensive coordinator at Boise State: “I just think he’s a good football coach. I’ve known that for a long time.”

Washington coach Chris Petersen had his weekly press conference Monday to review the Huskies’ victory over Oregon State and preview Saturday’s home game against California (7:45 p.m., ESPN). Here’s what he had to say:

(Opening) “Excited for this week. Last week was good. I think every week we’re learning more and more about our guys, our team. Some of our guys are learning how to play and compete how we want them too and work through tough things. I think that’s what the film showed. I think it was good. I think our guys are excited for this new challenge this week, which I think it will be a really good challenge. I was watching the Cal film and have a lot of respect for those guys, how hard they’re playing, what they are doing.”

(On the ties with Cal, specifically with Wilcox and his progression to head coach) “I just think he’s a good football coach. I’ve known that for a long time, whether he’s running the defense or a whole team. He knows how to coach the guys, get ‘em going.”

(Did you ever get a sense as to when you thought he would be a guy that would eventually be a head coach at the Power Five level?) “I think it’s apples and oranges. Some guys don’t want to be it, some guys are forced into it by circumstance. I get that. I didn’t know if he wanted to do it or not.”

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(Early impressions of him at Boise State — first as a grad assistant, then eventually as your first DC) “Good coach. One of those good coaches. Been around enough guys that you know good coaches when you see ‘em. That’s what I thought.”

(What did you see on the OSU tape between the first half and the second half for the offense?) “A little bit of an awkward first half to…

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