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September 23, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Wednesday practice report — Huskies happy in the heat

It was the last full-contact practice of the week for the Huskies in preparing for Stanford, and there was definitely some full contact.
In fact, at times it looked like almost too much as the practice ended with three of UW’s top four receivers — James Johnson (shoulder), Devin Aguilar (knee) and D’Andre Goodwin — in various states of injury.
Linebacker Donald Butler also limped off on what was the last play of practice.
But UW coach Steve Sarkisian said he didn’t think any of the injuries were serious.
Johnson and Aguilar were each injured about midway through practice and spent the test of it on the sidelines — Johnson on the bench with ice on his shoulder, Aguilar on a training table with an ice pack wrapped around his knee.
Goodwin was hit hard by Victor Aiyewa right near the end and got up slowly and it was uncertain if he was injured or just kind of had his bell rung.
But while practice went just 1:45, Sarkisian said the team got in all the work it intended.
“We took every rep, everything we’re supposed to do,” he said. “A little dinged up. Bumps and bruises, which is good, nothing major.”
He later said of Aguilar that “just sore, there’s nothing structural” and of Goodwin that “D’Andre is sore. We’ll be OK.” Goodwin walked off the field under his own power. Aguilar was injured when he dove for a pass with Josh Gage appearing to land on him and his legs striking the turf awkwardly.
He said similarly of Johnson, who has had issues with that shoulder previously, saying that “I think he’ll be fine. They’re checking him, he’ll be fine. Just sore.”
And of the Goodwin-Aiyewa collision, he said: “I just think Victor got a good break on the ball. D’Andre and both went up for it. Victor wasn’t even trying to hit him, he was trying to catch him. They just ran into each other.”
Prior to that, it looked like another of the high-paced, intense practices that have been the norm, though once again, the lack of music was noticeable. Sarkisian said the Huskies are practicing in the relative quiet this week to get used to what figures to be a little less amped-up atmosphere at Stanford, where maybe only 30,000 or so will be in attendance.
“It’s a different setting when you go to Stanford,” he said. “It’s not one that’s a raucous crowd. They do get loud, but it’s not a setting that is constant. When we play in Husky Stadium it’s constant noise and you’ve got to get used to it, and there will be other venues on the road that are that way as well. This one is not that way, and you need to get your mind right to get used to the quietness of it and then the roar of it, so we will change it up a little bit tomorrow to give it that flavor of calm and then a cheer, calm and then a cheer.”
Sarkisian liked the fact that it was again an unseasonably hot day as it’s supposed to be in the mid-80s Saturday in Palo Alto, though the 6 p.m. kickoff also means it will obviously cool quite a bit as the game wears on.
“We’ve really benefited from it,” he said. “To think that we had a heat wave this week and then going down there and forecasting into the high 80s. I think our guys will be fine with it.”
Two players — Jordan Polk and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim — got a little dehydrated Tuesday and needed IV’s later. But Sarkisian said otherwise, the team practiced fine in the heat. (Both Polk and DTN were fine today).
“I think so,” he said. “We had a couple of guys yesterday got a little dehydrated by the end of it that had to get IV’ed up after practice, so we will have to be ready at halftime to get some guys IV’ed and do a good job hydrating prior to the game.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— DE Talia Crichton and CB Desmond Trufant each ran consistently with the ones again on Wednesday and Sarkisian said later that each is essentially now a starter. “Well that’s the way we are approaching it right now. That doesn’t mean they are playing every snap, but they have kind of assumed the rol. They are comfortable out there playing. I thought they played really well last week and had a good week of work so far.” And asked separately about Trufant he said “He’s playing really well. . … I thought he had a good game against USC, and he’s kind of assuming himself in there. He’s feeling comfortable.”
— One focus in practice this week is cleaning up some of the shotgun snaps from Ryan Tolar that have been low or bounced. “I don’t want any of them,” Sarkisian said. “We had a couple kind of bowling for dollars. We’ve addressed it with Ryan and he’s had a good week so far. The key is when it gets hot and you get sweaty and all those things, the ball has a tendency to slip through your hands, so we’ve just got to make sure his hands are dry and possibly use a towel and try some different things to negate that happening again.”
— Another defender who is now an unquestioned starter is Justin Glenn at safety. Sarkisian praised his open-field tackling, saying: “It’s huge. To think he was only heading into his third week of practice at the free safety spot, and last week, his second game ever playing back there. I know those guys running at them, those aren’t easy guys to tackle. He made some great tackles that really helped change the scope of the game.” he said Glenn might have been moved to safety earlier but he got hurt. “That was the plan, and then he got hurt, and we kind of got stuck, we didn’t know which way to go once he got back. I’m glad we did it later than never.”
— LB Brandon Huppert is out for the year after suffering an ACL injury in the game Saturday. He was playing on kickoff teams.
— Sarkisian said he thinks De’Shon Matthews may be able to play this week and that Darrion Jones may be able to do a little bit more. Of Jones, he said: “He’s not 100 percent yet, so it showed the way he played last game, you could see he was ginger and not flying around, playing fast football. So hopefully if we can just kind of spot play him so he can play with a high level of energy that will be better for him.”
— Asked about JC TE Dorson Boyce, Sarkisian said: “We are trying to find him a role. He’s a good kid, he’s willing, he put in his time, he’s tough mentally, he’s tough physically. So we’re just trying to find him a role so he can be part of the game, especially when you go on the road you only have your 64 guys and the last thing you want is to bring too many guys who aren’t doing anythng. So have a role of doing something so everybody is playing a part.”
All for now.

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