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December 1, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Wednesday practice report

It was dry and cold as Washington went through its practice Wednesday at Husky Stadium, not a bad simulator for what UW may face Saturday in Pullman.
Not that UW coach Steve Sarkisian seems worried at all about the weather. Asked about the potential conditions Saturday, he noted again that UW practiced in the snow last Monday.
“We got a chance to practice in it last week so we’ll be okay,” he said.
And asked how to try to prepare for an icy field, Sarkisian said somewhat coldly: “Don’t let them water the field before the game.” Yes, he appeared to have his gameface on already (and everytime I write that word it brings this to mind).
As for personnel issues, Senio Kelemete was in uniform today but didn’t practice during any of the team stuff. Sarkisian said “he was better today” and answered “yep” when he asked if he has a chance to play, but didn’t elaborate. Erik Kohler again took the snaps at left tackle with Ryan Tolar at left guard.
Safety Sean Parker wore red but didn’t appear to do much. Sarkisian said “he was better today, too” and that he’s got a chance to play but left it at that.
Punter Kiel Rasp practiced and punted and Sarkisian said “he’s good” so there doesn’t appear to be an issue there.
Sarkisian said the team wouldn’t be getting back any players who have been out for a while. So the personnel situation seems pretty settled heading into the game.


Sarkisian briefly addressed a few other topics, as well
On Kohler having to step in at left tackle: “I like Erik, I think he’s a really fine football player when you think about it he’s played four different positions for us on the offensive line already this year. He’s a talented kid and he’s got a very high football IQ and he’s got a physical nature to go with his game. I like him a lot.”
On what WSU did well defensively against Oregon State: “I thought they played really well up front. I thought that’s where it started. Their defensive line, their linebackers really dominated the football game up front.”
On Cougar DE Travis Long and if he would expect WSU might move him around a little bit: “I would expect them to do a lot more than what they’ve shown. I would expect the unexpected in games like this.”
Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto also talked to the media for a little while. Asked about Kohler playing left tackle, he said: “That’s what he is. That’s what his favorite spot is. He’s played a lot of different positions this year, and going back there is a lot more easier for him than making the transition to play right tackle. He’s got a good mental game. He’s kind of like a young bear cub that has to get his wits about him…he’s just young, and he’s got a lot of things that he’ll bring, and when he develops he’s going to be a force to reckon with. His game, like I told you at the beginning of the year, it’s a lot farther ahead than your normal freshman coming in. Obviously he has to get stronger as his career goes on, but he’s got a great mental game as far as handling all the volume of learning assignments, calls and all those things. It registers with him fast at this stage.”
And asked about what has clicked for the line since Oregon, he said: “Just getting people locked into positions and playing and not having to shuffle people around. After Erik (Kohler) got sick, we were moving people around and pulling (Drew) Schaefer out of there, but once we stabilized that and got guys playing together and communicating together, they seem to come out and execute a lot better. Especially coming out of the bye week.”
He also had this to say about potential weather issues: “Hopefully it’s not icy. I’ve played in snow. They plow the field, and the artificial turf surfaces now are a heck of a lot better than when I was coaching teams 20 years ago. We’ll be fine. It’s the elements; it’s no different than going out and playing in the desert where it’s real hot. You’ve got to deal with it and play. And they block that out anyway. They block it out. It’s the way it is. Just go do it. … we’ll address it depending on the field conditions. We’ve talked about it. We don’t need any issues. Each team has to play on it.”
Also, Skyline High was here today practicing at the Dempsey Indoor in preparation for the state title game this weekend.

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