UW coach Steve Sarisian spoke for roughly 40 minutes here today previewing spring practice. I’ll have more complete quotes later.
For now, a few quick notes:
— As might be expected, the QB battle took up much of the conversation. Sarkisian said again that it’s wide open and he won’t rush into a decision and it could go into the fall before a starter is named. He said he doesn’t envision platooning at that position but didn’t rule out that he could change his mind, saying he’s changed his mind on some other issues here since coming to UW.
— Sarkisian said Kalani Aldrich and Mykenna Ikehara each have retired due to knee injuries. Aldrich’s were well-documented but Ikehara’s were not as known. Sarkisian, however said that each “endured way too much than they should have” in attempting to play last season. He said each will remain in school on a medical scholarship (so not counting against the 85-man football limit).
— He said Jarett Finau still had some classes to finish so he was not able to enroll now.
— The team will not be in full pads until Tuesday, actually, per NCAA rules.
— He said to make up some of the depth issues at cornerback that Justin Glenn and Marquis Persley will get some plays at that spot during the spring, though it’s not necessarily a position change, just needing bodies there now.
— Sarkisian said that a lot of people will be tried at the two vacant LB spots. But he indicated that Garret Gilliland is moving from MLB to SLB (where Victor Aiyewa played last season) and said that Thomas Tutogi will be tried initially at WLB, where Mason Foster played last year. John Timu also apparently will work first on the outside.
— He said the team won’t rush initially into the experiment with adding some more 3-4 looks but will at some point in the spring.
— He said one change to spring drills is adding a period of no-huddle offense, both to better prepare his offense for it but also to better prepare the defense for facing it.
— Sarkisian said the team had a 2.76 combined GPA for the winter quarter, the best in school history since such records has been kept (not sure when that is) and that every player is currently academically eligible.