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September 3, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Scholarships awarded, Thursday practice notes

The Huskies just walked off the field in their final full practice before Saturday’s opener. They’ll take part in an hour-long walk-thru tomorrow to “fine tune,” coach Steve Sarkisian said, but Thursday’s workout was essentially the last chance to prepare for the No. 11 LSU Tigers.
Before we get to the practice, let’s knock out the news that came out of practice. Sarkisian announced five walk-ons earned scholarship for the season. They are: OG Gregory Christine, LB Josh Gage, LB Brandon Huppert, LB T.J. Poe and OT Nick Scott.
Gage and Scott were on scholarship last season and listed as scholarship players on UW’s roster, however, scholarships are renewable each year and there was no guarantee they would earn a full ride this season. Gage began his collegiate career as a walk-on and earned a scholarship during the 2007. Scott was a transfer from Drake.
It makes sense to give a scholarship to Christine, the 6-2, 284-pound junior who will begin the season as the starting left guard. Scott, Gage and Huppert are listed as backups on the two-deep depth chart.
“It’s great to be able to do that, to reward guys for their hard work and their efforts,” Sarkisian said. “I’m proud of those guys.”
After practice, Sarkisian said the team is relatively healthy. The only players who figured into the game plan that will not play are: LB Matt Houston, OL Skyler Fancher and FS Jason Wells.
As for practice, I caught the tail end of workouts, however, Sarkisan said QB Jake Locker had a nice day. He also raved about K Eric Folk and P Will Mahan. Folk, who was struggling with consistency this week, connected on 4 of 4 FGs and Mahan boomed a 60-plus punt that landed inside the 5.
“There’s no question he’s (Folk) one of the most talented kickers in our conference,” Sarkisian said. “It’s just a consistency factor. When he’s on, I don’t think there’s anyone better.”
Practiced ended on an unspectacular note as the No. 1 defense concluded with a dropped pass, a Locker interception and another dropped pass followed by a Locker run. However, the No. 1 defense looked solid.
— Sarkisian said he will not personally scout any high school games Thursday or Friday night. A large contingent of UW recruits is expected at Saturday’s game.
— Freshman LB Tim Tucker, who was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse to practice, is now eligible to play in games.
— After Thursday’s practice, Sarkisian, a former BYU quarterback, showed off his passing skills during a fun exercise with strength coach Marques Tuiasosopo. They stood near the 30-yard line and tried to hit the crossbar of the uprights with the football. It took Sark two tries before bouncing a high-arcing, tight spiral off the yellow bar. Tuiasosopo, a former UW star quarterback, also hit the bar.
— During Friday’s walk-thru Sarkisian said the Huskies will work on substituting and simulating game situations. The team will head to the hotel where they will remain before the game. The 7:30 p.m. start makes for a long day on Saturday, however, Sarkisian said the coaches will keep the players busy.



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