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August 12, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Quick practice recap — plus Alamo Bowl news

First, if you haven’t seen it yet on our main site, the Seattle Times learned today that the Pac-10 is close to sealing a deal with the Alamo Bowl that will mark a fairly significant change in the conference’s bowl lineup.
Bud Withers has the details here. The agreement would send the Pac-10’s No. 2 team to the Alamo each year, and would move the Pac-10’s other longheld bowl partners down a slot — meaning No. 3 would now go to the Holiday, No. 4 to the Sun, etc. It is expected the new bowl arrangements will mean an additional $5 million a year to the conference, money that is shared by all 10 schools and badly needed right now.
This lineup won’t start until 2010 so the old arrangements will still be in place this season. But this is the first real change in things for the conference since Larry Scott took over as the conference’s commissioner.
As for practice, here’s what it looked like at the end of the day as the team gathered around coach Steve Sarkisian for his post-practice talk.
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As for practice itself, a few quick notes:
— It was Turnover Wednesday on what was the first day the team was in half pads, and there were more than a few — Greg Walker had two interceptions of Jake Locker passes — so the defense was the winner today, giving it a 2-1 edge to date in camp. Walker also had a big hit on Anthony Boyles to break up another pass.
— There didn’t appear to be any significant injuries though S Nate Williams (knee) and DT Cameron Elisara (quad bruise) each sat out for a little while with minor injuries.
— TE Kavario Middleton was absent for the day with personal issues but is expected back tomorrow.
— Sarkisian said the team may know about Dominique Gaisie tomorrow and that there is a chance they will be told he is ineligible for the season. Either way, sounds as if there will be resolution soon.
— True frosh James Johnson might have been the offensive star of the day catching at least three TD passes
— The two picks Locker threw were indicative of a day when the offense looked a little out of sorts all day long. But Sarkisian said that is typical of the first day in pads of any sort and said he wasn’t concerned.
I’ll have a more detailed report later.

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