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March 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

A few notes from today’s press conference

Steve Sarkisian’s press conference previewing spring practice has ended. Here are a few quick notes:
— No other player attrition and no other significant injuries. He said Desmond Trufant will be out the early part of spring with a groin injury but should be back at some point. Said Brandon Yakaboski and Justin Glenn are still in varying states of recovery and not 100 percent yet but the hope is each may be able to go at some point during the spring. Greg Christine is back to full health. Other injury issues — Chris Polk, Cody Habben, etc. — are the same as preivously reported so I won’t repeat them here for now.
— In one of the more significant player moves, Drew Schaefer will start out at center with Ryan Tolar moving to guard and Senio Kelemete to tackle. Sarkisian said that allows Tolar to not have to worry about making the calls at center and just concentrate on playing while making those calls may be something that fits Schaefer. So the starting OL tomorrow, left to right, will be Kelemete, Tolar, Schaefer, Mykenna Ikehara and Skyler Fancher. Said Ikehara has put on 10-15 pounds and is in the high-260-low-270 range.
Dorson Boyce is moving from TE to fullback, a move Sark said could help fill out the fullback spot with Paul Homer leaving and get Boyce on the field with Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki each coming off good off-seasons. Boyce and Austin Sylvester start out as the top two guys at fullback.
— Talked about how the team will have to do some experimenting to fill in the holes at defensive end and he repeated what Nick Holt said earlier that Alvin Logan could be tried at that spot as rush defensive end. Also said Cameron Elisara could be tried some at DE. Said Andru Pulu remains on the roster but won’t participate until his legal situation is settled.
— He said the team may experiment with some 3-4 looks this spring, but don’t read a huge amount into that. Noted that they did some 3-4 last year and said it could just be more of that, but that all option will be explored going forward to try to deal with the DE issues.
— Another veteran walk-on who won’t be back is WR Tony Chidiac of Skyline. Ben Hayes also won’t be back. Said they have decided just to concentrate on school.
— He said there is still discussion of Jake Locker playing baseball with the Angels this summer and that there is a chance it happens. But if it does, it’s likely just a week or two here or there during breaks in UW’s schedule. He said Locker won’t do any baseball that conflicts with any football requirements, something Locker has also said consistently.
— Said a goal for Locker this spring isn’t necessarily to add more to the playbook but to refine what he already knows to get the most out of those plays. Also said he wants to continue to work on Locker’s completion percentage, saying that number helps indicate the level of understanding of the offense.
— Said the overall theme of the spring is competition and of the season is heightened expectations. “Our mindset is that expectations are higher,” he said. “They are higher in the outside world and higher in our locker room. They want to achieve greatness and they feel like it’s there, that there were some missed oppoertunities last year and there is a level of belief there. It’s created a very exciting atmosphere.” Also said again that he doesn’t think “it will take us very long” and that he thinks last year should have been a winning season.
I’ll try to post a few more quotes later.

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