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Huskies’ Richardson guarantees win over USC

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By Scott M. Johnson
Herald Writer
SEATTLE — In the hour that followed the University of Washington’s first football victory since 2007, new head coach Steve Sarkisian was too busy basking in the excitement to talk about his next opponent.
There will be plenty of storylines when Sarkisian faces his former program, USC, next Saturday.
“I’m really not worried about it,” Sarkisian said Saturday. “I’m going to enjoy this win. I’m not going to be in a rush to go and get to the next one.”
Apparently, not everyone in the program has that same mentality.
Two current players — running back Chris Polk and cornerback Quinton Richardson — were already talking about the USC game shortly after UW’s 42-23 win over Idaho on Saturday.
Richardson went as far as to promise a win over the third-ranked Trojans.
“Guaranteed,” he said, nodding his head.
And Polk was vowing revenge on the program to which he originally committed two years ago before switching to UW a few months later.
“It’s a little personal battle for me,” he said.
Polk added that he’s been looking forward to this game for awhile. A shoulder injury kept him out of the 2008 meeting with USC, and now the redshirt freshman is excited to finally get his chance.
“I think there’s a little more at stake because they didn’t take it too lightly when I de-committed to come here, he said Saturday while sitting in an interview room at UW. “They were kind of talking stuff when I was hurt last year, so I feel like I have to go out there and prove myself.”
Asked what kind of “stuff” the Trojans had been talking, Polk mentioned some Internet photos that bothered him.
“They put my face on Al Bundy’s body,” he said, referring to a character from the 1990s television show Married With Children. “So I feel like I’ve got to prove myself.”
Richardson wasn’t so much vowing revenge as he was talking a big game Saturday afternoon. The sophomore from Renton said that, now that UW has a win under its belt, the Huskies expect to win every week.
That includes this week.
“We’ve got to keep going with the wins, and we can eventually beat SC,” he said. “It starts now.”
When Richardson was asked whether he expected to beat USC on Saturday, he said: “Yeah.”
After adding that he “guaranteed” a victory this Saturday, Richardson was asked whether he was concerned about giving the Trojans any bulletin board material.
“Nah,” he said. “No bulletin board material. We’re just going to keep it all on the field and talk with our pads.”
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