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March 19, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Habben also out for the spring

One more personnel note to pass along today as senior-to-be offensive tackle Cody Habben will miss spring practice after having post-season shoulder surgery.
Sounds as if he should be fine for the season, so not a long-term concern for Habben, a two-year starter at tackle.
But that’s another injury that will leave the Huskies thin up front for the spring — UW also lost Terence Thomas earlier this off-season when he decided to retire due to chronic injury issues. And coupled with the issues on the defensive side of the ball detailed yesterday, it will be interesting to see how the Huskies manage spring practice — it could impact plans for the spring game and things like that. One thing that could help is the decision to spread practices out over five weeks and avoid practicing on consecutive days.
On the plus side, Skyler Fancher, who will be a junior in the fall and missed last season due to leg injuries, should be good to go for the spring.
Still, by my count, that leaves three scholarship players listed as offensive tackles who will be ready for the spring — Fancher, Drew Schaefer and Mark Armelin. UW coaches have previously said they might look at guard Senio Kelemete at tackle, and maybe that’s something they will experiment with in the spring with a lack of bodies at that spot.
But there won’t be a ton of scholarship linemen available regardless. Assuming the rest of the OLs are healthy when spring starts, there would be nine scholarship linemen available for the spring. That helps indicate why signing as many OLs as UW did in February — the Huskies signed seven — was so vital. And while teams usually try to redshirt OLs, the numbers indicate UW will likely have to play a few next season, the most obvious candidate being highly-touted OT Erik Kohler of Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, Calif.
Also, Nick Montana, Jesse Callier and Victor Burnett will definitely be here for the spring.
And word is that while Chris Polk will miss the spring after having shoulder surgery, his rehab is going well and there is no concern about his readiness for the fall.

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