Here is some post-practice audio from Washington quarterback Jake Locker and coach Steve Sarkisian.
The Sarkisian interview comes first.
The Jake Locker audio comes after the jump.
Here are a few post-practice notes:
Linebacker Cort Dennison sat out Monday’s practice (sprained knee). Sarkisian said it isn’t anything serious and was probably due a day to rest. There is a chance he’s held out of Tuesday’s practices as well. Sarkisian said the coaching staff would address it in the morning.
Senio Kelemete (high-ankle sprain) suited up and participated in some one-on-one drills, but Sarkisian said he is being careful with the left tackle and doesn’t like to see high-ankle sprains linger. With Kelemete out, true freshman Erik Kohler gets a chance to work with the first-string offensive line. After watching Kohler work, Sarkisian said, “he belongs.”
Receiver Jermaine Kearse (foot) returned to practice after missing Saturday’s scrimmage and looked good. Kearse and Jake Locker hooked up for several nice plays downfield. In one-on-one drills, defensive backs against receivers, Kearse went up ball against Desmond Trufant pulled it down along the sideline. Then, in an 11-on-11 drill, Locker found Trufant heading toward the corner for a touchdown.
A lesson in fundamentals
Eastside Catholic high-school football coach Jason Gesser, who played quarterback at Washington State, brought his team out to watch Monday’s practice. He wanted to give his players a sense of the discipline it takes to play collegiately. Also on hand was Crusaders defensive coordinator Zach Tuiasosopo, who played for the Huskies.
Since I was working on a story on UW kicker Erik Folk, I also talked to special teams coordinator Johnny Nansen about rules changes that impact kick returns. Wedge blocking has been banned, which means groups of three or more are no longer able to lead the way for a returner, shoulder-to-shoulder.
The rule was put in place as a safety issue and Nansen said it won’t have much of an impact on the Huskies.
“Our return hasn’t changed from a year ago,” he said. “The last two games we went to a wedge more, because we saw a lot more twist from kickoff cover teams. We’ve been working on the same return for the last year.”