The Huskies are off the field following their last significant practice of the week in preparation for Saturday’s game against Oregon State.
And it was the first this week in which QB Jake Locker ran the No. 1 offense during team drills as he has been resting a bruised quad muscle — a bigger issue now than the illness that struck him last week against Arizona State.
“It’s a significant bruise that has really affected his ability to run,” said UW coach Steve Sarkisian.
But Locker was able to get out and run a little bit during practice today and afterward, Sarkisian said that he shouldn’t be limited against the Beavers.
“I thought he moved around good today,” Sarkisian said. “We did some things with him running and he responded well.”
Asked if Locker would be limited, Sarkisian said: “I wouldn’t think so, but we’ll obviously monitor it closely as the game goes on. … He looks fine. I thought he would get back I don’t think he will be 100 percent there is a pretty good sized bruise it’s nice to have him and know that you’ve got him.”
Locker suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Arizona State game, though Sarkisian said it’s unclear exactly how and when.
“He doesn’t exactly know and we can’t really find it on film,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a knee, a helmet or a shoulder, I’m not sure.”
While Locker may be back, it doesn’t appear as if WR Devin Aguilar, who suffered a hip injury a week ago today and missed the ASU game, will be. Aguilar did a little bit of work during individual drills but otherwise sat out.
“(It) doesn’t look great,” Sarkisian said. “Especially in this weather again today (it was raining) I didn’t want to push him. He did individual. The good thing about Devin is that he’s very smart, he’s bright. All these plays we are running he knows so it’s not about getting the reps of all the entire practice but wanted to see him do some individual and he did some things there. We’ve still got time to rehab and that’s what that injury takes and we’ll monitor him tomorrow and again in pre-game Saturday.”
However, the tight end situation looks a little better as starter Chris Izbicki was back in the lineup after suffering a back injury Wednesday.
“It was good to have him back,” Sarkisian said. “I don’t know if he’ll be 100 percent, but he’ll be ready to play.”
UW, though, has suffered one loss for the season at that spot as Sarkisian said that true freshman Michael Hartvigson of Bothell will have surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered recently and will miss the rest of the year. The good news is he will be able to redshirt.
Sarkisian said he still hadn’t officially made a determination as to UW’s offensive line for Saturday, though the Huskies again worked through practice with an alignment that featured Greg Christine at center, true freshman Colin Porter at right guard, Drew Schaefer switched to right tackle, and Cody Habben with the second unit.
“We’ll make that decision tonight, get together and figure it out,” Sarkisian said. “But I like that we have the ability to mix some things up and get some guys in different spots. … as we do this thing we’ve just got to be smart with our matchups and what we are doing and trying to give our guys the best opportunity to be successful.”
DE Cameron Elisara wore red throughout practice, but Sarkisian said that was precautionary to protect his stinger. That had Hau’oli Jamora working more with the first unit.
Sarkisian said that he thought the Huskies bounced back nicely in practice this week after the disappointment against Arizona State.
“Again, we’ve got a very mentally tough football team,” he said. “They’ve dealt with a lot of adversity, not only this year but over their careers. They’ve shown time and time again to be able to battle back, and we’ll come and play hard Saturday night.