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August 31, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Press conference notes

The first Monday press luncheon of the season is over — and glad to see that the budget cuts didn’t extend to cutting out the food at these things. As for what else happened, here are a few highlights. …
— Coach Steve Sarkisian explained the change on the offensive line by simply saying that it’s “what best suits our football team. … it’s what gives us the best opportunity.” He said the promotion of Greg Christine to the first team at left guard was deserving given how well he had played in camp, saying that he impressed with his toughness and ability to pick up the scheme. With Christine moving in at left guard, Ben Ossai moves back to left tackle and Cody Habben to right tackle, the positions they played last season. That lineup had been used a few times during camp, but Habben told some of us later that he had played only a few plays at RT throughout camp and that he was “sort of shocked” to be returning to that spot.
— None of the other depth chart news was really unexpected and Sarkisian gave the expected responses about all of them. He said Desmond Trufant is deserving of being in the rotation at CB but also noted that that is a spot where lots of guys figure to play. Also, Justin Glenn has been slowed lately by a sore knee, which also explains the lineup at that cornerback spot. Sarkisian said Glenn should be back out there today, and if he’s fully healthy by Saturday he certainly will factor in there, as well.
— Sarkisian mentioned five true frosh as likely to play Saturday — Trufant, DEs Talia Crichton and Andu Pulu, each on the depth chart as backups at their respective spots; WR James Johnson; and RB Demitrius Bronson. The rest seem likely headed — at the moment — for redshirt seasons. But obviously injuries can change things quickly so a few other guys will be on red alert status for a while in case they are needed. One thing to remember is that there is nothing official that needs to be done to redshirt a player, so there’s no deadline or anything of that sort. A guy simply doesn’t play and then he is later classified as a redshirt.
— Sarkisian mentioned a couple of other backups as having had good camps and said they could work their way into playing time — LB Cort Dennison, listed as a backup at MLB, and DT De’Shon Matthews, listed as a backup to Cameron Elisara.
— Sarkisian said all five TBs could play Saturday though he didn’t specify exactly how that would be done. As mentioned during camp, however, there are sone formations that get two tailbacks on the field at once, one moving into a receiver’s role as the snap nears, that sort of thing. Sarkisian noted that he’s used to getting a lot of tailbacks in the game from his years at USC and said “that could easily happen that they all play in this game.”
— TE Kavario Middleton is expected back at practice today. He is listed as a co-starter with Chris Izbicki but Sarkisian said again that both will play quite a bit.
— Sarkisian was asked about facing LSU in the opener and said that “we are embracing
the challenge more than “oh, woe is me.”’ As I think I’ve detailed on here before, the plan for this season was to open against Nevada and Idaho at home. But Nevada dropped out, apparently to schedule a game with Notre Dame, leaving UW scrambling. LSU was one of the few teams left that had an opening the same weekend.
— Asked his impressions of LSU, Sarkisian said “big and fast, physicall, angry when they get there.”
— Sarkisian noted the forecast for Saturday is rain “which we will embrace as kind of a home-field advantage for us.”
— Asked about the number of recruits that will be at the game Saturday, Sarkisian said he thought it was a good oppourtunity to show off UW in an exciting atmosphere. He said it’s a good opportunity “to bring in some kids and show them what our university and our football program is all about.”
— And asked what his goal is for this team this season, he said “that when the football game is over, our opponents respect us. Regardless of what the score is, our opponents respect us.”
— WR is another spot where the starting designation isn’t as important as being in the rotation. Sarkisian said “you will for sure see five to six” receivers playing on Saturday.
— Sarkisian said he had nothing new on true frosh LB Tim Tucker, who remains in Clearinghouse limbo.
All for now.



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