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November 24, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Sarkisian looking forward to Elisara’s return

UW coach Steve Sarkisian said on the Pac-10 coaches conference call today that defensive tackle Cameron Elisara should be able to play Saturday in the Apple Cup after missing the last three-and-a-half games with a stinger.
Elisara was cleared to return to practice on Monday and went through drills and Sarkisian said that “all signs are pointing to him playing Saturday and we’re hoping it can happen for him.”
Elisara started the first seven games of the year for the Huskies at defensive tackle and Sarkisian said “he was having a pretty nice year for us” before suffering the stinger, which may require off-season surgery to repair fully.
He hasn’t played since the first half of the ASU game Oct. 17 and Sarkisian said “I think the rest has been good for Cameron. I think if he can go I think we’ll get a noticeable difference on the inside. He’s a powerful young man, he’s quick, and we’re anxious to get him back.”
Elisara also likely has some extra pull to want to return for this game as he grew up in Spokane an avid follower of the Cougars — his dad, Matt, was a standout linemen for WSU lettering from 1979-81 and earning all-conference honors as a senior.
Still, Sarkisian said Elisara had to be cleared by the doctors before being able to return to the field. “We were hoping to have him back a few weeks ago and just haven’t been able to get him back,” he said.


IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Sarkisian said he should get definitive word today on whether there is any chance that LB E.J. Savannah can play in the Apple Cup.
— Sarkisian had this take on the comments of Kavario Middleton Monday: “I think Kavario’s comments just show that we are still a very young football team. We are learning not only on the football field but off the football field and we’ve got a lot of room to grow.”
— Asked if there was any pressure on UW with the point spread being so high and everyone expecting the Huskies to win, Sarkisian said that “we don’t get caught up looking at that stuff.” He said in any rivalry game “there’ve been win going both ways regardless of what the point spreads are.”
— Asked his concerns about the Cougars he cited the return of WSU’s starting OL to full health and WSU’s potential ability to control the clock and that he thinks Dwight Tardy “is a really good running back.” He also said WSU is “playing more sound on defense and not giving up big plays.”

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