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November 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Press conference update

There was no real news from Steve Sarkisian’s meeting today with the press, with this beinig a bye week and no real immediate injury issues.
Sarkisian said FS Nate Fellner was diagnosed with a partially torn biceps and will have the injury re-examined before determining his availability going forward.
Sarkisian said DT Cameron Elisara and LB E.J. Savannah won’t practice much this week, if at all, to give them more time to recover, but he indicated each could still play this season. He also said there are some players who may rest this week to allow them to get healthier for the final two games, mentioning specifically TB Chris Polk and center Ryan Tolar.
Otherwise, there was lots of rehash of the Oregon State game as well as a lot of talk from Sarkisian on QB Jake Locker and his future. On the latter topic, Sarkisian in essence said that nothing has been decided yet and he and other UW officials will sit down with Locker and his family after the season to investigate his options.
As for Oregon State, Sarkisian termed it “probably our most disappointing game of the year” and that he was particularly disappointed that “we just didn’t look like we were prepared to play, mentally or physically.”
He said “it looked like Oregon State was playing harder than us, which in my opinion they were.”
UW will have a similar schedule this week as it did for the first bye after the Oregon game, practicing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then taking off for the weekend. Sarkisian said similar to that week there will again be lots of emphasis on getting younger players reps and not too much game-planning on the Cougars, UW’s next opponent on Nov. 28. The coaches will again take the weekend to go recruit.
As he did after that Oregon game — kind of eerie how the Huskies have entered both byes coming off probably their most disappointing efforts of the season, each against schools from the state of Oregon — Sarkisian again expressed faith in the overall direction of the program saying “now is not the time to panic.” He said team’s offensive and defensive systems have “withstood the test of time” and he has no doubt they will prove successful at UW.
I’ll have more from Sarkisian later.

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