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April 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Huskies don’t have the corner on depth, just yet; and a few other notes

As the Huskies enter year three of the Steve Sarkisian era, depth at many positions appears to be getting better.

Proof that the job is not complete yet, however, comes at cornerback, where a couple of injuries this spring have left the Huskies suddenly a little thin.

The Huskies have experience at the top, as starters Desmond Trufant and Quinton Richardson are returning. Each, in fact, started all 13 games last season, making those spots about as set in stone as any on the team.

After that is where it gets a little tricky due to recent injuries to Adam Long and Greg Ducre, each valued backups last season. Long, entering his junior season, tore his ACL during an off-season workout and is out for the spring, with his status for the season still unclear.

Ducre, entering his sophomore season, had off-season shoulder surgery and will be limited to non-contact work only during spring drills.

That leaves junior Anthony Gobern as the only other healthy, scholarship cornerback this spring. To fill in, senior Marquis Persley has moved primarily to corner, and walk-on Ken Egu, who played safety last season, has also moved to cornerback.

Egu, by the way, is an intriguing walk-on as he is also a member of the UW track team, with a listed best of 10.71 in the 100.

Safety Justin Glenn is also scheduled to get some time at CB as needed.

The spot will be bolstered in the fall with the addition of JC transfer Antavius Sims — who suddenly looms as a pretty key late pickup — and freshman Marcus Peters.

Cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin said this week the depth issues at cornerback means Sims and Peters may have to play this season.

“You would like to be able to redshirt some guys,” he said. “But if they show the tenacity to play and the wherewithal to play, heck, you are going to play them. And especially with our situation depth-wise their opportunity to play early is even greater. … we talk about it all the time that we wish we could have redshirted this guy or that guy, but we’re trying to build it and you’ve got to use this guy and this guy (to do that).”

The good news is that Trufant, a junior, and Richardson, a senior, appear ready to pick up where they left off last season, when after some early struggles, the two helped the Huskies become pretty stingy statistically against the pass the last quarter of the season.

Martin also says Ducre has shown marked improvement during the first two practices, in which he’s been able to participate in most everything since the Huskies are yet to get into pads.

“I kind of wish Greg Ducre was already cleared to play, but he’s limited,” Martin said. “But he is showing up a lot here the first two days. Obviously, we’re not in pads so he has been able to do everything and you see flashes of ‘this guy is going to be the real deal.’ It’s just bad that it is going to taper off now that he can’t participate in all the drills. He’ll be ready to go in the fall, so we’ve got to protect him (now).”

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— CoachSark’s site has his daily top five, naming Cort Dennison as the player of the day for Thursday.

— The official school site looks at the academic success of the football team.

Jake Locker is reported to be working out for Denver today.

— Sarkisian will speak at Portland State’s coaches clinic April 22.

— Eastern Washington, UW’s first opponent in 2011, is beginning spring ball today with former Huskies Andru Pulu and Demitrius Bronson ready and eligible to play.

— Good read on Bubba Starling, one of the stars of Nebraska’s 2011 recruiting class who could theoretically see the field against UW if he’s not playing pro baseball.

All for now.

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