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April 26, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Tuesday practice notes

To get the first thing out of the way, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday he has not yet made a decision on a starting QB, though he said he did call Pete Carroll, as reported earlier today by’s Ivan Maisel, asking for a little advice on how to handle the situation.

He said he was talking with Carroll about “how I want to do it moreso than I know. I knew how I wanted to express it and I wanted to see how it sounds like to him when that time comes. I have great respect for Pete, obviously he is a tremendous mentor to me, and that’s not the first time I’ve called him, believe me, on issues. He offered some good advice on how to handle it.” Otherwise, he said, the QB situation remains status quo (and the guess here is that they had to play a game tomorrow, Keith Price would be the starter ahead of Nick Montana).

As for practice, no significant new injuries. MLB Cort Dennison “banged his head” early on, in Sarkisian’s words, and was held out the rest of the way for precautionary measures. But Sarkisian said if it was a game he probably kept playing. Thomas Tutogi, Tim Tucker and Victor Burnett got the rest of the reps at middle linebacker witih Dennison out.

As noted in the earlier post, Senio Kelemete was back in full pads, but Erik Kohler continued to rotate in there, as well.

Kelemete has been out with a plantar fascia injury and it was unclear if he would return this spring.

“He looked pretty good today,” Sarkisian said. “I was pleasantly surprised. We thought this would be about the timeline to get him back going. He looked good. I don’t anticipate him playing Saturday, we kind of don’t need him to. But he’ll have a pretty extensive practice Friday from the looks of it. All in all, the rehab is where it should be. He looks great. … From a leadership standpoint, a lot of those guys look up to him. He’s played a lot of football and he has a real presence about him, so I think it was good to have him out there.”

Said Kelemete: “Still a little sore. I just wanted to come out today and feel where I am with it, obviously I’ve progressed a lot faster than they thought I would. The trainers have been doing a really good job of rehabbing and working on me, coming in every day and getting some extra motion on the foot.”

Obviously good news that he’s already able to get back to some level of practicing with spring about to end and another three-month break before the season begins for real in August.

After practice, Sarkisian said one of the things he liked about Saturday’s scrimmage was the lack of turnovers. But there were a few of those on Tuesday as Desmond Trufant had an interception of a hurried pass by Price, while Nate Fellner had another of a pass by Montana. Montana, though, was part of what might have been the play of the day, a short pass that he whistled past Trufant and to Jermaine Kearse that Kearse then took about 70 yards down the sideline.

And with Jesse Callier limited and Deontae Cooper still out, Johri Fogerson again got a lot of action behind Chris Polk and had a few good runs, though Sarkisian said they are still looking for Fogerson to become a little steadier.

“We’re just fighting the consistency with Johri,” he said. “It’s one great play, and then one not-so-great play. The challenge for him is to find the consistency, and sometimes that takes time when you haven’t played in a while. You have to remember, he basically missed the entire last football season. There’s been some good, bright spots, but there’s also some definite areas for improvement.”

— Here was Sarkisian’s film evaluation of Saturday’s scrimmage: “I appreciated Saturday’s scrimmage. I thought our guys played, for the most part, pretty sound football. There weren’t a lot of flags all over the place, and the turnovers weren’t there. A couple of penalties here and there, but for the most part when you have that many plays in a spring scrimmage, they usually tend to be a little more sloppy than that. I thought we played sound football, good football, for the most part. We tackled pretty well. For the most part guys made plays when they had their opportunities. So all in all it was a good, physical scrimmage – which is what we wanted.”

— Sarkisian had worried earlier in the spring that UW might not be healthy enough to play a spring game Saturday. But he said Tuesday that “we’re going to play a game. We’ll have a few guys that will have to swing back and forth. But I want to give our fans an opportunity to watch a football game and I just feel like if you go out and scrimmage it’s hard to follow what’s happening and you only get an ooh or an aah when there is a pass play or something so we are going to try to play a game and give it our best shot, but I think it will turn out well.”

— Sarkisian said the team did a little extra work on special teams Tuesday and the team may do some more of that Friday: “It was a huge point of emphasis for us. We really worked a lot of our kick return stuff and the nuances within it and not getting surprised by onside kicks and popover kicks and working our hand team stuff along with our returns. And I think our punt protection stuff has just gotten better and better and better as camp has gone on. We lost a lot of veterans off that punt team from last year so that’s gotten much better.”

— Asked about the returners, he said: “That’s a little bit more of a focus when we get back into fall camp because I’ve got to see what these new guys have to offer. I do know for kickoff return to have Kevin (Smith) back there again and Jesse (Callier) and the addition of Deontae Cooper, and Desmond Trufant has had a great kickoff return camp that those guys are exciting to me. In the punt return game obviously we still have Devin (Aguilar) and Cody (Bruns) doing what they are doing. We’ve given Sean Parker more looks back there returning punts and then we’ve got a few guys coming in the fall that will help us there as well.”



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