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November 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Wednesday practice report — Elisara, Savannah out this week

A day off from school for Veteran’s Day meant an early afternoon workout for Washington at Husky Stadium.
And that was a good thing as the temperature was dropping fast on a cool, clear Seattle day, practicing ending about 4 or so with the sun still peaking through.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian though it was another good practice, with the team, in his estimation, setting aside the disappointment of last week’s loss to UCLA to get back to work this week.
“I think it’s been intense,” Sarkisian said. “Again, to our guys’ credit, they have come back and gotten right back after it. It got a little chippy again today here in the team period, which is good. That means guys are still fighting and into it, guys are making plays, and I think you are seeing kids continue to improve in November. A lot of times that can be the lull of the season and ‘man, it’s November and it’s been a long haul.’ But our guys are still fighting for improvement which is still great to see.”
The team period ended with Ronnie Fouch hitting D’Andre Goodwin for a touchdown, though one of the other stars looked like CB Desmond Trufant, who had an interception and batted down pass.
Some intensity will be needed this weekend to beat Oregon State in Corvallis, where the fans are usually especially heated to see the Huskies.
UW has lost 11 road games in a row, though Sarkisian takes some solace in how close the last three away games have been.
“It would be huge would be great for us (to get a road win),” Sarkisian said. “Our last three trips on the road, we’ve played relatively well, we just haven’t done it the way we’ve exactly wanted to. But to think that UCLA, the way we played Arizona Atate and Notre Dame, all three of those being winnable ball games, tells me that we are close, we are getting better, and I think would be huge for us, our pysche, not only this year but heading into next year to get a road win Saturday.”

— Sarkisian confirmed that Matt Mosley is transferring. He said Mosley is graduating this winter and wants to a chance to play, so he is moving on. “He wants an opportunity to go someplace to play,” Sarkisian said. “It’s okay.”
— DT Cameron Elisara and LB E.J. Savannah will be out this week. “They couldn’t get back today and there’s no point in trying to force them now. They are not ready.”
— FS Jason Wells didn’t do anything during the team period today while resting his injured foot. But Sarkisian said he should be able to play Saturday, though it could be a gametime decision. “He did a few things today. He’s really in it mentally. I think we’ll get some stuff out of him tomorrow .. I would expect him to play.”
— With Elisara out, the DL will again look a little different. But it should have more depth this week with DE Kalani Aldrich and DT Everrette Thompson each getting close to full health after being limited last week. “They are coming back into it and getting more involved,” Sarkisian said. “And I think we have a good rhythm of how we’re going to substitute our guys as far as first and second down and some third-down situation stuff. So it would be good to keep guys fresh so when we get to those third-down situations we are really rushing the passer.”
— DT Semisi Tokolahi continues to recover from thumb surgery and isn’t really in the mix right now. “He had the thumb surgery and that has not helped him,” Sarkisian said. “I think in time he will only get better. We had high hopes and aspirations for him but still, in time, he’s going to be a good player for us.” Tokolahi has played in three games this year so he can’t redshirt.
— Sarkisian had the loud crowd machine amped up playing constant loud noise throughout practice. Sarkisian said it helps with keeping the team focused and not getting distracted and “being able to get the things you want to get done from a communication standpoint.”



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