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August 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Some day one leftovers

As is often the case, there are some notes and quotes that slip through the cracks. So here are a few leftovers from the first day of fall camp. …
— Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said he was impressed by his first real look at incoming freshman QB Keith Price. “He separates from center well and he has good feet and he seems to have a natural feel for the game,” Nussmeier said. “Obviously, this system is challenging for every quarterback so there is a steep learning curve. But I was very pleased for where he was on the first day.”
— Those who were there may have noticed they did a lot of passing, As Nussmeier said “with no pads, it’s hard to run” so that’s a part of the game that will be emphasized more later. He added that “like any first day, it was hit or miss. The good thing was I thought we gave great effort and we played to the end of practice.”
— He said that TE Kavario Middleton was one guy who stood out, saying “I think he had a good day today.”
Jake Locker said the task for the next three weeks of camp is to get to a point where “you are not thinking. That’s the challenge to any offense and there is still a little bit of thinking going on. Hopefully the next three weeks that will work itself out.”
— Asked the biggest improvement over the summer, Locker said “I thought as a whole, as a team, people’s bodies, their physical appearance, changed a lot. Guys across the board are moving a lot quicker, moving a lot better.”
— Locker also gave this assessment of the new FieldTurf. “The old stuff was a little bit harder, maybe a little bit faster. This is a little bit longer, a little more loose, so it may not be as fast. But it’s a lot softer, though, and a lot easier on the body.”
Marques Tuiasosopo said this when asked if he sees any similiarities between his junior season — when a new coach (Rick Neuheisel) took over — and now, when Locker is a junior with a new coach. “There’s a lot of similarities. There’s some uncertainty, you’re not sure if the new coach is going to like you or if he’s going to open up (the job). There’s a lot of competiition now. The one thing I think that these guys have is opportunity. That’s what we had when coach Neuheisel came here, and I hope these kids take advantage of that and realize they have a huge opportunity and they can be as good as they want to be.”
— He also compared Sarkisian to Neuheisel. “It’s great to have coach Sark here and the energy that be brings and the staff he put together. To see them push these guys out here on the field, it reminds me of when I played here and the coaches that were coaching me. So I’m very excited.”
— Tailback Chris Polk said he feels faster than he did last season, though at the moment he said he weighs about the same — 210 pounds. “I’m in way better shape and way stronger than I was last year,” he said. “I guess I had more fat last year.” He said he’d like to get down to about 205 for the start of the season.
— He said his ankle, which he rolled during a winter conditioning drill, is still a little tender. “My ankles are still weak from last year,” he said. “That’s why I’ve got to put on this big tape. But that’s about it (in terms of injuries, as he said his shoulder is fine).” Polk said the tape job was making him uncomfortable yesterday, which was why he left for a while to get retaped.
— If you missed it, here is Sarkisian’s daily Top Five list from his review of the film, in which he says Devin Aguilar was the player of the day.
— Today’s practice begins at 3 p.m. and we’ll have more later from there.

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