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October 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Monday practice notes

Coach Steve Sarkisian said quarterback Jake Locker would sit out this week and sure enough Locker, who didn’t have a helmet, was off to the side while Ronnie Fouch took most of the reps with starting offense. Freshman Keith Price took a few snaps with the No. 1 offense, but during team drills worked primarily with the reserves.
Linebacker E.J. Savannah, who rebroke his thumb Saturday, also did not practice.
Sarkisian said he’ll rest other players including: linebackers Mason Foster, Donald Butler, safety Nate Williams, defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and running back Chris Polk, however, they all practiced today for the most part.
OTHER NOTES:
— Running back Demitrius Bronson took a lot of reps with the No. 1 offense as did Johri Fogerson.
— Freshman DE Andru Pulu saw plenty of action with the No. 1 defense.
— DE Kalani Aldrich did not practice. Not sure why.
AND HERE’S SOME QUOTES FROM SARKISIAN’S PRESS CONFERENCE:
(Who are you as a team?) “I think we’re a team that is still somewhat fragile – obviously physically. We don’t quite have the depth, and we talked about it going in, when injuries start to mount, it takes its toll. The natural thing is to look at offense-defense. Well, it can take its toll on special teams as well. I think we’re a fragile team physically, and I think we’re a fragile team, somewhat, mentally. Adversity can come in a lot of different shapes, forms, sizes in football games. And we’ve been faced with a boatload of adversity this year. Sometimes we’ve responded well, and other times we haven’t. So the challenge for us to assess is: how do we rebound? What’s the best way, from a coaches’ standpoint, to bring out that way, to bring out that mentality of a mentally-tough football team in our players so that we respond every time great to adversity, not just some of the time.”
(On Locker’s injury affecting the play calling) “It sure did affect it. If you notice the rest of the game there weren’t any real designed quarterback runs. That’s football. You take hits. But that’s the beauty of this system. You don’t become one-dimensional. If we were a team that just relied on Jake running and he took that hit, we were struggling. But in turn we had a system in place that churned out almost 400 yards of offense but wasn’t able to capitalize in the red zone.”
(On E.J. Savannah and his broken hand) “We’re going to give him the week off, first of all. That thing is a mess. It’s got three different breaks in there. You have to give him the week off and hopefully get that thing somewhat healed. We’re going to have to cast him up and assess his level of play with that thing completely casted up.

(On the these last four games possibly the last four with Locker)
“I don’t worry about that stuff. I really don’t. That stuff is so far away. Those days after the season, if he comes to even thinking about making that decision, those days are long, long days. And before the NFL draft comes, that’s a long way to go, a lot of information to digest before we worry about that.”

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