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September 30, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Wednesday practice report — Sark commits a musical crime against humanity

Debate what you want the Huskies deciding not to take the opening kickoff at Stanford Saturday or going for it twice on fourth down.
For my money, the most questionable decision Steve Sarkisian has made so far came today when about 15 minutes into practice he walked over to the Jared Blank, manning the music station for the afternoon, and instructed him to play the Notre Dame fight song “over and over and over again.”
And thus they did, for the next hour and 40 minutes or so, play the Notre Dame fight song over and over and over again.
Lou Holtz would have been in Irish heaven, but the rest of us were left to contemplate if this might be the type of thing worthy of a workmen’s compenstation claim.
Sarkisian said later it was a spur of the moment decision to keep the players focused on the task at hand, get used to the noise on Saturday and to teach them how to play through distractions.
And this apparently isn’t something cribbed from the USC playbook, though worth noting that the Trojans have beaten Notre Dame every year since 2002.
“I just kind of liked the tone of it,” Sarkisian said later.
“You’ve got to get used to the element you’re going to be in. Yesterday, we brought in the rain because it’s supposed to rain Saturday. And then today, we brought in the fight song because they play it a lot when you’re there.”
He asked reporters how often we thought the song played. A conservative estimate was at least 100.
“After a while you get a really bad heacache and start yelling and all that,” said defensive coordinator Nick Holt. “But we do it so the kids aren’t distracted.”
Defensive tackle Cameron Elisara admitted he wanted to walk over and break the CD (though I think it’s actually an I-pod station).
The rest of us will be left with the likelihood of bad dreams for the rest of the week.
— Sarkisian said they are waiting for a different type of insole for E.J. Savannah’s shoes to see if that might help with his plantar fasciitis problem. “We’re waiting on some things to come back specifically, kind of an insole for his shoe that is not in yet,” Sarkisian said. “He’s getting a lot of mental reps, and staying locked in the game plan and we just want to keep his foot in the boot so he doesn’t injure it any worse and let it keep healing.” Savannah, whose right foot was in a boot, didn’t practice again Wednesday giving more indication that Cort Dennison is likely to get his first start in his place.
— WR Devin Aguilar caught a few passes from trainers but didn’t take part in any team drills and his status remains uncertain for Saturday.
Demitrius Bronson continues to get a lot of work with the ones (not in place of Chris Polk but in a rotation) and Sarkisian said again that he’d like to find a way to get him in the game Saturday. “I’d like to get Demitrius Bronson some carries and get him going and see what he looks like,” Sarkisian said. “It just hasn’t worked out.” He said UW hasn’t really had a lead or not been in a crucial part of the game much this season and it would “be unfair to a kid to throw him into a two-minute drill or something of that nature. We’re working on it and we’ll try to get it done.” Sarkisian said Bronson “is healthy and looks good.”
— RB Brandon Yakaboski, who is likely out for the year with a knee injury, was at practice in sweats, riding a stationary bike. WR Vince Taylor, also still sidelined, has also returned to be around the team at practice as school officially started today.
— Backup OT NIck Scott rolled his ankle on a field goal drill late in practice though the severity was unclear. Sarkisian said he doesn’t think it was serious.
— DE Darrion Jones continues on his road to recovery and was working with the No. 2 defense.
— The Huskies spent their normal amount of time on kickoff coverage today and Sarkisian said that Erik Folk “did a nice job” kicking today. “He really kicked the ball well,” Sarkisian said.
— Asked about freshman WR James Johnson, Sarkisian said “the only thing I can equate it to is what Mike Williams did as a true freshman at SC. This guy is catching a boatload of passes as a true freshman and not easy ones, critical ones.”
— Asked about Jordan Polk, Sarkisian said that “he just hasn’t gotten into the flow of the game. For one reason or another he’s not playing as fast as he’s capable of playing from a speed factor and that’s his biggest asset. We’ve got to try to find a way to get him going in the game and possibly that may be limiting some of the things he’s doing for us so when he’s in there he can play as fast as he can play.” That could mean taking him off the kickoff return team for now. Could also mean fewer plays on the field and possibly more for Jermaine Kearse in the rotation at WR.
UPDATE — Meant to add this earlier that the team will practice Thursday morning at UW then board a flight for Notre Dame. The team will conduct what Sarkisian called a normal Friday there, working out at a high school, then to the stadium for a walk-through, then back to the hotel. No sight-seeing.
— Also, the Huskies spent a bit of time today working against the Wildcat offense, something Notre Dame has taken to running. Here’s a bit of an explainer on that.
All for now.



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