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August 15, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Reviewing positions after one week of practice

As the headline states, here’s a quick look at each position after the first week of camp (that’s UW coach Steve Sarkisian during a practice this week in a Joey Anchondo photo):
QUARTERBACK: No battle for the starting spot here, obviously. And as yet, no apparent movement for the backup spot. Offensive coordiniator and QB coach Doug Nussmeier may have had the best quote when he was asked on Saturday who is winning the backup battle. “Nick Price,” he said, a combination of the names of the two players. Nussmeier says Keith Price has shown an improved throwing motion after work in the spring, and says that Nick Montana is continuing to work on getting his feet in the proper place. Lots more should be known about the backup spot after two scrimmages in the next week.
TAILBACK: The big news of the first week could turn out to be the injury to Deontae Cooper, of which more won’t be known until Monday. UPDATE — We obviously now know that Cooper will be out for the year, a tough loss for the Huskies, though also making it clear why UW went after two tailbacks in last year’s class. Chris Polk has been limited so far but no apparent concerns that he won’t be able to handle non-contact. Jesse Callier has had some good days, as has Johri Fogerson, who is emerging into what Steve Sarkisian calls a “utility role,” of doing a lot of filling a lot of specialized roles. And Demitrius Bronson adds depth that as Cooper’s injury shows, is always needed.
FULLBACK: Hard to get much of a read on this spot after the first week but little indication there’s been much change in the depth chart, with Austin Sylvester at the top followed by Dorson Boyce. Zach Fogerson and Kimo Makaula seemed to show up more as the week progressed, as well.
TIGHT END: Chris Izbicki remains No. 1 but hasn’t been quite as active in the passing game as the coaches would probably like.. That will be something to watch as camp progresses. True frosh Michael Hartvigson has been impressive so far, giving every indication he will seriously compete with Marlion Barnett for the backup spot and see the field this year.
RECEIVER: The top three are set. The big story here may be the solid camps so far of the trio of veteran backups — D’Andre Goodwin, Jordan Polk and Cody Bruns. Each has had some solid days so far, indicating this unit may have better depth this year. True frosh Kevin Smith and DiAndre Campbell have had moments, as well, though still early to tell exactly what roles they may fill this season.
OFFENSIVE LINE: The starting unit has been pretty much unchanged from the beginning — left to right going Senio Kelemete, Ryan Tolar, Drew Schaefer, Mykenna Ikehara and Cody Habben. Of the true frosh, Erik Kohler (LT) and Colin Porter (RG) are working with the second team and appear the closest to seeing the field this season.
DEFENSIVE LINE:The line still seems somewhat of a jumble, but what appeared to be the favored No. 1 line as the week ended had De’Shon Matthews and Talia Crichton at ends and Alameda Ta’amu (who may have had the best week of any player) and Cameron Elisara at tackle. DE Hau’oli Jamora made maybe the most impact of the true frosh, leading Sarkisian to say he would definitely be playing this season. Sione Potoa’e also had some good moments. (And remember, I’m not mentioning every player just for the purposes of space and time).
LINEBACKER: The starters also appeared pretty static here, with Mason Foster, Cort Dennison and Vic Aiyewa running with the No. 1 unit. Matt Houston continues to battle Aiyewa, however, and that spot won’t really take shape until the scrimmages of this week. The early revelation here may have been true frosh Cooper Pelluer, who quickly worked his way to No. 3 at SLB.
SECONDARY: Desmond Trufant is set at one corner, but the other spot remains in flux, with Quinton Richardson’s back spasms limiting his play this week. Adam Long has usually worked with the ones with Richardson out. True frosh Greg Ducre has had some good moments and at the moment, seems likely to play this season. Nate Williams is set at strong safety and Sean Parker has impressed as his backup and also seems certain to play this season. Nate Fellner and Will Shamburger continue to battle at free safety, Shamburger appearing to usually work with the ones.
SPECIAL TEAMS: No battles at either kicker spot. Sarkisian said Devin Aguilar is set as the punt returner. The KO return spots are more in flux, but Cooper looked to be securing one of them until he was injured. Chris Polk also appears likely to be a KO returner, though Sarkisian has said they could use several players there this season. Brendan Lopez has the lead for the snapping jobs, Cody Bruns is set as the holder.



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