Hope you caught our live chat with UW coach Steve Sarkisian earlier today. If not, you can read a replay here.
I’ll also quickly touch on a couple of the newsier items that emerged:
— Though first, it’s also breaking in the last few minutes that QB Tate Forcier will sign with Miami after taking a trip there the last few days. So that ends any rumblings of him coming to UW, obviously — it had been reported he had UW on his list of schools to visit as he pursued a new school after leaving Michigan. At the moment, no other hint of scholarship additions to UW’s roster for the 2011 season.
— Sarkisian said in the chat that LB Scott Laywer of Oak Grove High in San Jose had shoulder surgery this week and will delay his enrollment at UW until next January. So that gives UW 86 players on scholarship for the 2011 season, one over the limit (and while Sarkisian didn’t say this, undoubtedly the thought is that since there is always some sort of attrition in the off-season, being one over at this stage isn’t an issue).
— Sarkisian said there is no word yet on a petition for a medical redshirt for Johri Fogerson but they are still hoping to get him one.
— He said RB Deontae Cooper’s rehab is on schedule and he should be ready for non-contact work in the spring.
— He said DT Semisi Tokolahi’s rehab also is progressing (he will have some screws removed from his ankle this week) and he should also be available for some non-contact work in the spring.
— He said S Sean Parker has been fully cleared to participate in spring football. Parker missed the last four games of last season with a stinger.
— He said he envisions John Timu as being a two-way player by the time his UW career is done. He didn’t say this in the chat, but I asked him afterward and he said Timu will get looks as a fullback on offense and a linebacker on defense.
— UW’s Pro Day, when NFL scouts come to town to time, measure and otherwise scout Washington’s draft-eligible players, is March 30.
— This wasn’t said in the chat, but he said spring practice is again open to the public and media as it has been the last two years.
— He said that Kasen Williams will indeed wear No. 2 for UW next season (the number has been retired for Chuck Carroll, who played from 1926-28, but has been used sporadically through the years and Kasen Williams’ father Aaron wore it while playing WR at UW from 1979-82).
— He also said Taz Stevenson will change to uniform No. 14 to avoid the double-number issues that had him sometimes wearing three numbers in the same game last season.
There’s lots of other interesting stuff in the chat, as well, so check it out, and the Times thanks Sarkisian for participating.