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August 14, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Saturday night practice notes — Cooper suffers sprained knee

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First, the bad news after Washington’s first night practice of the season, concluding the first two-a-day of fall camp. UW may have suffered some of its first significant injuries of camp as RB Deontae Cooper went down with a knee injury early in the full contact period, and WR James Johnson sat out most of practice with an ankle injury.
Cooper was injured after a 32-yard run about midway through practice, but early in a full-contact session that signified the first live scrimmaging of the fall for UW.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian characterized the injury to Cooper as a sprained knee and that a further prognosis wouldn’t be known until an MRI is taken. He said that probably wouldn’t happen until Monday. Sarkisian said Johnson’s injury didn’t appear serious.
Cooper is a true freshman tailback from Perris, Calif., where he was the second-leading rusher in the state of California last year with 2,863 yards. He was one of four true frosh to enroll early and participate in spring practice, and he did nothing to dampen the hype, turning in a number of highlight-reel plays throughout spring and in the first five days of fall camp.
He’s done enough that coaches have said he would be certain to see the field this season as a kickoff returner and in the rotation at tailback behind Chris Polk.
Once Cooper was sidelined, UW was down to three tailbacks as Polk sat out due to the previous stated plan to limit his work during camp and keep him fresh for the season.
That left the rest of the work to Jesse Callier, Johri Fogerson and Demitrius Bronson.. Callier responded with the best day with what was unofficially 23 yards on seven carries during the full-contact sessions.
CB Desmond Trufant also left after getting his bell rung on a hard collision with WR Devin Aguilar, but Sarkisian said that also didn’t appear serious.
Otherwise, Sarkisian said he liked the intensity of the practice and thought the team threw the ball well during a workout that featured a lot of situational work.
Unofficially, we charted Jake Locker as completing 6-10 passes for 173 and three touchdowns during the 11-on-11 sessions (including a 60-yarder to to Devin Aguilar and a 40-yarder to Jermaine Kearse). He also had a short TD pass to Chris Izbicki.
Backup Nick Montana was 3-6 for 16 yards, including a 3-yard TD out of the backfield to Bronson. Keith Price was 3-6 for 38 yards.
It’s not reflected in those stats, but in some of the other sessions, backup WRs Cody Bruns and Jordan Polk each had good days. We had Polk for 4-53 during the contact sessions and Bruns 3-58. Bruns had about a 40-yard completion on a rollout from Locker at one point.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Gig Harbor TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a visitor at practice tonight, at one point intriguingly sitting at one of the tables that is already set up for the UW players to sit and sign autographs tomorrow during picture day.
— I didn’t notice any real changes to the depth chart, and I’ll try to post an updated one tomorrow.
— Of note in that regard, however, De’Shon Matthews — who maybe has not gotten as much attention as he should in relation to the defensive end battle — again ran with the ones and seemed to have a nice day, at one point dashing around Cody Habben to get a sack of Locker (with the caveat that QBs are down when merely touched).
— Walk-on PK Eric Guttorp, who doesn’t get a lot of attempts, hit 2-3 but had one blocked by Anthony Gobern.
— UW is off today but will participate in Picture Day beginning at 11:30 a.m., continuing until 1 p.m. UW is scheduled for two practices on Monday, the same schedule as today — 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
All for now.

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