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March 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Press conference notes

The press conference has concluded and here are a few quick notes:
— The only position change so far is Senio Kelemete from the DL to the OL. Coach Steve Sarkisian said he could play either guard or tackle on offense. Sarkisian said the move was made to add depth to the OL and that it made sense with Kelemete because he seems to have the potential to make the move.
— Most of the team appears healthy with the only players really ruled out S Jason Wells (Achilees), RB Brandon Yakaboski (knee) and OL Terrance Thomas (leg). Guys who will be limited are CB Vonzell McDowell, LB Kurt Mangum, S Victor Aiyewa, RBs Chris Polk and Terrance Dailey and TE Romeo Savant.
— McDowell attended the press conference and said he had surgery to repair a torn laburm in December for an injury that dated back to his days at Rainier Beach High. He said he can do everything but tackle this spring.
— Sarkisian held out hope that Chris Polk and Dailey will be able to do some drill this spring. Both are coming off shoulder surgeries.
— He said QB Jake Locker is 100 percent healthy and will have no limitations this spring.
— Sarkisian said LB Donald Butler is likely to move inside to compete with Trenton Tuiasosopo at MLB leaving Mason Foster and E.J. Savannah as the prospective starters on the outside. Unlike the former UW system of fairly permanent WLBs and SLBs, Sarkisian said his system is more versatile and players will move around more depending on specific play calls, etc. That means Foster and Savannah won’t necessarily be just SLBs or WLBs and will likely be fairly interchangeable.
— Savannah is listed at 210 on the roster, which is an old weight from when he was still here before leaving last fall. Sarkisian said he was in the 240s when he arrived in January and is now in the 230s.
— Sarkisian said he had hoped that JC TE Dorson Boyce would be here for spring drills. But he said personal issues helped lead to some academic issues and Boyce’s arrival will be delayed until the summer. He said he still anticipates that all the JC players will be eligible this fall.
— Sarkisian said there are two members of the current roster whose academic situation is still uncertain heading into tomorrow, though he wouldn’t name them saying he hopes it works out. But if there are two players not participating tomorrow other than those listed out for injury, you’ll know why.
— Sarkisian said he also envisions moving guys around on the DL and guys like Daniel Te’o-Nesheim will be tried inside.
— He said he has no depth chart now because it’s impossible to really judge starters or reserves at the moment and he wants to see everyone play a while before making any judgments. He said that even goes for Locker. “It’s important for Jake to know this is an open competition and Ronnie is going to get a chance to show what he can do,” Sarkisian said.
— Sarkisian is in the process of closing on the purchase of a house on the Eastside.
Curtis Shaw will get his first look at RB but will also continue to get some reps at WR, Sarkisian said.
— Sarkisian said Chris Polk remains primarily an RB but will also get some reps at WR.
— Sounds as if Ryan Tolar will start out at center.
— Sarkisian laid out some ground rules for the open practices, including that media (and fans who may post on message boards) not describe plays in detail. He said all personnel stuff is fine — this guy worked at this position and had this many catches, etc. — but he’d like to try to keep schemes and stuff like that as quiet as possible.
— Practices will start at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays. He said weekday practices will typically end around 6-6:30 p.m.
— He said he hopes for three scrimmages during the spring, likely the last three Saturdays. However, he said health will play a role in what the team will be able to do and he can’t guarantee there will be a full-flededged spring game.
— You can access the Sarkisian press conference here and there’s a lot of really good stuff about his practice philosophy in there that you may find interesting.
— I’ll do a live chat tonight, likely around 9 p.m. It’s not going to fit in during the day time hours right now.
All for now.

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