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October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Thursday practice notes — Jordan Polk out

Sophomore WR Jordan Polk tore cartilage in his right knee Wednesday and will not play Saturday at Arizona State. He wore a huge brace on his leg and watched Thursday’s workout from the sideline. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Polk will undergo surgery and will likely also miss next week’s homecoming game against Oregon.
WR Devin Aguilar, who took a blow to the head earlier the week, sat out of team drills Thursday, but took part in individual workout. Sarkisian said he was held out as a precaution and believes Aguilar will be available Saturday.
Cody Bruns, Anthony Boyles and Tony Chidiac filled in for Aguilar and Polk at practice. Sarkisian said Chidiac will be included on the travel squad. More on Chidiac later.
(On the depth at WR) “I think we’ve still got a great deal of depth. The beauty of our depth is when a guy goes down or a guy gets injured, we still have our main guys; our guys are still there. We’re fortunate that way. A couple teams would probably be decimated if they had the injuries that we’ve had. But we’ve got a pretty good corps.”
Other injury news
—- CB Quinton Richardson is still hobbled by a sore right ankle and was limited at practice. Adam Long took most of the reps with No. 1 defense, however, Sarkisian said it’s undetermined who starts Saturday.
— DE Everrette Thompson’s ankle injury has improved because the medical staff is taping his ankle differently.
Some notes
— When asked about unsung heroes, Sarkisian singled out OL Senio Kelemete, LB Cort Dennison and LB Joshua Gage.
Said Sarkisian: “I think a guy who’s playing really well for us who’s been kind of unsung is Senio Kelemete. He’s just been playing really well up front. He’s doing a good job at guard. Everyone has their plays here or there where they’re not perfect, but he’s done a really nice job for us. He’s the first guy that just jumps out at me, like, man, this guy’s played well. Cort Dennison, another guy. Every time he goes in, he plays well. Justin Gage, every time he goes in, he plays well.”
— TB Curtis Shaw may spell Chris Polk as a kick returner. Sarkisian said Polk will get some opportunities, but expects to rotate other players in.
(On the Arizona heat) “I’m sure it will be a factor to some degree. The pre-game warm-ups, it’s going to be really warm. That first quarter is going to be really warm. But I envision as we move our way into the second quarter, especially when that sun gets tucked behind the stadium that it will gradually reduce and we’ll be okay. But I think it will be a factor early on.”
— Chidiac made a pair of amazing catches during team drills that pitted the No. 2 offense against the defensive starters. He leapt to snare a ball on the sidelines then minutes later out fought SS Nate Williams for a Ronnie Fouch pass in the end zone. Sarkisian ended practice after Chidiac’s last grab.
[Correction. Updated 7:50 p.m.]
— Sarkisian, 35, still has a pretty good arm. During a post-practice exercise, the former BYU quarterback was the only one who was able to toss a football into a garbage can 40 yards away. Others who tried include: QB coach Doug Nussmeier, Fouch, Aguilar and former UW QB Marques Tuiasosopo.

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