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October 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Sarkisian conference call notes — says plan is still for Fogerson to play this year

Running back Johri Fogerson will likely again be out for this week’s game against Arizona State, the fourth straight he will have missed with a hip flexor, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said on the Pac-10 coaches conference call this morning.
Fogerson has played only in the opener against BYU, and since he played as a true freshman in 2008, he has a redshirt year available to him. That raises the obvious question of whether it’s nearing the point where they might decide to keep Fogerson on the shelf and save his year. Since he played in just one game and early in the season, he would be eligible for a redshirt year (technically, UW would have to appeal for it, but Fogerson fits the criteria for getting a year back).
Sarkisian said today, however, that the plan is still to try to get Fogerson back to help with this season.
“There potentially is that thought (to redshirt Fogerson),” Sarkisian said. “But we’ve got such a long way to go that right now we’re working to get him back out there. But that remains to be seen. So we’re working on still trying to get him back.”
With Fogerson out, UW is down to just three tailbacks — Chris Polk, Jesse Callier and Demitrius Bronson. However, also in that mix is Fogerson’s younger brother, Zach, who is working at both fullback and tailback.
In other topics. …
— Sarkisian praised the punting of Kiel Rasp, who believe it or not is 12th in the nation with an average of 45.31 since taking over for the injured Will Mahan after the first game. “He’s obviously done a great job,” Sarkisian said. “Anytime you have a new punter, your biggest concern initially is that he goes out there and catches the ball, oddly enough. But he’s done a nice job for us and fortunately the last game we didn’t have to punt all that much (just once, actually). He’s not only punted the ball well, but we’re a big directional punt team and he’s put the ball where it’s needed to go.”
— He again praised the play of Jake Locker against USC following the tough outing against Nebraska and the criticism that was aimed at Locker. He said “there was nobody I was happier for than Jake Locker” and that he made a point of that in addressing the team after the game. “It was something I wanted to make sure I pointed out because he’s such a tremendous leader and to see him fight through that and continue to battle and work at this is pretty special, so I was very proud of him.”
— He also talked about Mason Foster, who leads the Pac-10 in tackles at 12 per game, and said he’s “very, very versed as doing things. He can play back off the ball or on the ball. He can rush the passer. He’s got an unbelievable knack for the football, recovering fumbles, forcing fumbles, creating turnoverrs. He’s a really special player and geez, I don’t know where we’d be on defense without him.” Worth noting that UW coaches nominated Foster for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors, so if you’re wondering who graded out well on the defensive side, Foster was obviously at the top.
— Asked about the approach going forward, he said the plan isn’t necessarily to “put the win behind us but to learn from the win and understand why we did win and how we can continue to improve. So it’s important not to put the win behind us but understand that when we play with great effort and passion and execute tht we cann play pretty good football. … I would like them to stay where we are at and continue to play to the level of play we had Saturday night.”

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