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September 24, 2009 at 7:21 PM

More Thursday practice notes

As we noted earlier, sophomore WR Devin Aguilar sprained his left MCL during Wednesday’s practice and will not play Saturday at Stanford.
Coach Steve Sarkisian said he believes Aguilar can return next week for the game at Notre Dame. He also said Cody Bruns will take Aguilar’s reps, however, the depth chart from last week’s USC game lists Jordan Polk as a starter.
Said Sarkisian: “If we really, really pushed him, he might be ready to go. But fortunately for us, we’ve got a really deep receiving corps. It’s a good opportunity for Cody Bruns to play more in the ball game, to get him out there catching passes and running around. It’s unfortunate because Devin, up to that point, has been playing well. I don’t think it will be a long injury. We expect to see him next week.”
Also, UW lost reserve lineman Craig Noble, who recently converted from defense to offense. Noble, a redshirt freshman, was diagnosed with a heart ailment that is not life threatening, but it could end his playing career.
Sarkisian didn’t have a lot of news on Noble, who is undergoing tests on an irregular heartbeat. Sarkisian said Noble was feeling lethargic and tired, which alarmed the medical staff.
Okay, that’s the bad news. The good news is three players who were injured Wednesday James Johnson (right shoulder), D’Andre Goodwin and linebacker Donald Butler (leg) are all expected to play Saturday. Butler and Goodwin returned to practice Thursday, however, Johnson did not work out.
The Huskies also kept guard Senio Kelemete and strong safety Nate Williams out Thursday because illness and a nagging injury, respectively.
Redshirt freshman lineman Mykenna Ikehara took a lot of reps with the No. 1 offense at right guard and sophomore Nick Wood, the converted defensive lineman, saw action with the reserves at left guard.
Sarkisian said: “We’re trying to get Nick Wood some more reps. He’s come over from the D-line and has really performed well so we’re trying to give him some opportunities. Obviously Mykenna Ikehara. Drew Schaefer. We’ve got some pretty nice added depth along with when you think about we still got Morgan Rosborough and Nick Scott. So it gives us a nice complement of having 10 guys to go on the road with.”
Sarkisian on Kelemete: “He’ll be okay. We just wanted him to get his rest.”
On Johnson: “He’s okay. His shoulder was sore today. He was fine. He could have practiced. We just wanted to limit him and get him fresh for Saturday.”
On Williams: “Same thing. The beauty of holding Nate down a little bit is getting Victor Aiyewa more and more reps to get him more comfortable back there.”
Be sure to keep an eye on the DE spot opposite Daniel Te’o-Nesheim because there seems to be a revolving door there. Three games. Three different starters. Talia Crichton took most of the reps with the No. 1 unit today, however, Sarkisian said Darrion Jones and Kalani Aldrich will play.
Sarkisian on Aldrich: “When he gets the wear and tear his body right now is just not right to handle it all. So he’s got to be a guy that when he’s in there and fresh, he’s really good. But when he gets beat up and sore, it’s almost added on top of him because he’s got some lingering injuries. So the beauty of that position is to have three guys who can play there with Darrion Jones working his way back, with Kalani and obvioiusly with Talia.”
Thursday’s practice was a big special teams drills day. Sarkisian said he didn’t sense a letdown this week after the emotional victory Saturday against USC.
He said the team addressed the bad snaps from C Ryan Tolar when UW was in the shotgun formation, believing it was a little mechanical error and over-excitement.
Finally, he said UW will approach Saturday’s late start the same way they did in the opener against LSU.
Here’s Sarkisian on the first road game: “We’ll do our traditional Friday walk-through here, where we work on our plays and special teams. And we fly to Palo Alto, get to the stadium and do a loose and relaxed walk-through, just to see our surroundings and the locker room, the field. We’ll let the guys kind of relax for a little bit, go have dinner, go to the hotel, have our Friday night meetings and wake up Saturday and go play the game.
(Concerns about playing on the road) “Just the natural concerns. It’s something new. It’s a little bit different. We’re going to try to make it as comfortable as possible so we can keep them in their comfort zone in terms of what we’re doing.”



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