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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 10, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Thursday’s practice; Jones out for Saturday

A pretty light workout for Washington as the team practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. There were no referees on the field and no long team-drills to end the day.
The biggest news is coach Steve Sarkisian downgraded DE Darrion Jones from questionable to out for Saturday’s game against Idaho. Jones suffered a bruised knee on the first defensive series last week against LSU.
Sarkisian hopes Jones can return to drills next week and be available for the Pac-10 conference opener (see: Big Game) on Sept. 19 against USC.
Without Jones, sophomore Kalani Aldrich who filled in at DE and tallied one tackle, will get his first collegiate start. Sarkisian said freshman Talia Crichton, who did not play in the opener, will see his first action of the season and rotate with Aldrich at DE.
Otherwise the Huskies enter Saturday’s game relatively healthy.
It seems as if the safety position opposite Nate Williams remains unsettled. Greg Walker started against LSU, but like he has all week, he continued to split time Thursday with Victor Aiyewa and Justin Glenn. They all had time with the No. 1 defense.
I’m not going to try to handicap this race other to say, Glenn will play on Saturday. That much is certain. Not sure he’ll start, but he’ll play. After a minor injury setback in training camp, it seems as if the coaching staff is anxious to see what he’s got.
They got a long look at Walker, who missed a pair of tackles against the Tigers that led to two long touchdown receptions. And they’ve got a pretty good read on Aiyewa who subbed for Walker last week and finished the game.
When asked about the secondary re-shuffling, Sarkisian said: “We’re going to see Justin Glenn play. This is somebody we talked about early on in camp. When Desmond Trufant was ineligible to practice, we kept Justin at corner. And as soon as Desmond got back, Justin got a knee injury. And when Justin got back it was too late going into the last game. He’s had a nice week of work at safety so he’ll get his time out there on Saturday.”

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