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April 24, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Friday practice report

What might have been the shortest Husky practice I’ve ever seen or heard of has ended — so early I saw a few late-arrivers walking out only to encounter an empty field.
The whistle blew to end drills at 4:54 today, with coach Steve Sarkisian saying he wanted to keep his team as fresh as possible for tomorrow’s spring game.
The team worked without pads (helmets, shorts) doing a lot of special teams stuff as well as some two-minute drills.
Not much to report on from any of it in terms of describing plays.
Sarkisian said afterward that Huskies will run about 85 plays or so in the Spring Game tomorrow. He said the players will be divided up in an attempt to create two even teams (so it won’t be just ones against twos or ones against ones or anything like that).
Players who are out include LB E.J. Savannah (shoulder), WR D’Andre Goodwin (hamstring) and the guys who have more serious injuries and have already been declared out such as Skyler Fancher and Everrette Thompson.
But Sarkisian said he expects all the running backs who have been working at times this spring to be available to go tomorrow, which he said is critical to get as much out of that group. Some of those players, such as Chris Polk and Brandon Johnson, have missed a lot of practice dealing with minor injuries.
With this being the last practice of the spring other than tomorrow — when the lineups will apparently be mixed — I thought it worth nothing what some of the starting units looked like (some, like LB, aren’t really relevant right now with so many guys out).
The starting OL was, left to right, Cody Habben, Ben Ossai, Ryan Tolar, Senio Kelemete and Drew Schaefer, the group that has seemed to be the most consistent throughout the spring. The No. 2 OL was, left to right, Mark Armelin, Scott Shugert, Mykenna Ikehara, Morgan Rosborough and Nick Scott.
The safeties were Nate Williams and Johri Fogerson and the corners Justin Glenn and Quinton Richardson.
It is expected that about 200 former players will be in attendance for a pre-game tailgate tomorrow, many already here for a private function tonight. Maybe 25 or so were at practice today and two I saw were Shane Pahukoa and Tommie Smith. I talked to Smith briefly and he said he’s back in his home area of Lancaster, Calif., working at the high school that once was his rival, Quartz Hill.
There were a few recruits here but no Joe Montana with his son Nic, as some had rumored might be. It is thought that Jake Heaps will be here for the spring game tomorrow, however.
UW AD Scott Woodward gave us some thoughts on today’s news regarding the Apple Cup so I’ll pass that along later. I’ll also have some thoughts later from Sarkisian and DC Nick Holt on the progress this spring.



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