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November 25, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Thursday practice report and links

The Huskies got their work in early on Thanksgiving Day, praciting in the Dempsey Indoor for about 90 minutes.
As far as personnel news, not a ton to report.
Guard Ryan Tolar (knee) did some individual work early and was in his jersey (It was no-pads practice) and had his helmet, but did no scout-team or team-period stuff. Erik Kohler again took his place, and while it won’t be a surprise if he were to get the start, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said that Tolar may be able to play.
“He was out today, and he did some things, so again, a game-time decision,” Sarkisian said. “I think he’s getting better rapidly. It’s great to have a veteran like that that can step in and play at a moment’s notice.”
Also, safety Sean Parker (shoulder) was a full participant, but his snaps were limited.
Said Sarkisian of Parker: “I don’t know if he’s a go yet, we’re going to make a game-time decision with him.”
Jake Locker also again was a full participant and getting closer to getting back to a normal routine, Sarkisian said. “The routine is there, I don’t know if the injury is done,” Sarkisian said. “But there is the routine – the number of reps and the conditioning aspect of it is definitely back to where we need it to be.”
Players who live locally were then free to spend the holiday with their family. Many players, however, are obviously not from the area, so Sarkisian was inviting them to have dinner at his house.
“It’s catered, but my wife did do some pretty good desserts,” he said. “So we’ll have probably 50-60 people over today, and it will be a great day. I love Thanksgiving – I love the fact football is on, and you’re around people you love and you get to share good times with.”
He said that the attendees will be “a pretty good mix (of players and assistants). I just wanted to make sure nobody was alone for Thanskgiving. I don’t like that. You should always have somewhere to go.”
Sarkisian also noted that it was on Thanksgiving night two years ago that he met with UW officials.
“And for me, this is a little bit of an anniversary – two years ago tonight is when I interviewed for this job, so Thanksgiving has a little special place in my heart,” he said.
The Huskies will fly to Oakland tomorrow afternoon.
Zach Fogerson continues to get a lot of work in practice and Sarkisian said he is closer to seeing the field but that “it’s hard for me, competitively, to take No. 1 (Chris Polk) and No. 24 (Jesse Callier) off the field. They’re such good football players, and I’m fighting as hard as I can just to get them their carries. But I would like to see what he can do.”
— For my story today I wrote about linebacker Mason Foster, who is making a homecoming this weekend.
— Sarkisian was as guest on 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday and shared these tips for beating Cal.
— UWTV is showing a marathon of classic Husky games today. That’s Channel 27 on Comcast in the Seattle area (and more info here).
— The National Football Post has a few scout’s notes on Foster as well as a couple of Cal defenders.
— Not a lot out there today on Cal, but there is this feature on DL Derrick Hill. Here also is the BearTalk blog.
— The CaliforniaGoldenBlog has a few takes on the Bears, as well.
— USA Today this week wrote about how the Pac-10’s nine-game conference schedule is contributing to the conference’s likely lack of bowl teams.
— Lots of Oregon and Pac-10 links from Ken Goe.
Finally, since this is still a regular game week, I may be back with more later. Or I may not. Until then, a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading out there.



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