I had a chance to talk for a little while today with UW coach Steve Sarkisian — the primary topic was for a feature story that will run in the paper at a later date.
But I was able to ask a few questions pertaining to current personnel and Sarkisian said the biggest concern right now is the health of fullback Zach Fogerson, who missed the last few weeks of spring ball with a concussion.
“There is still some lingering effects of it,” Sarkisian said. “He’s just not symptom free. There are still symptoms of what would be a concussion, and this is a pretty far time out now. So for that to still be there is concerning to me and I’m not going to do anything by any means to rush this thing, to make this thing try to happen sooner rather than later.”
Sarkisian said that there is “still some uncertainity” as to his status for the fall and that “we are obviously being extremely cautious on that because it’s a head injury.”
Sarkisian also confirmed that backup fullback Kimo Makaula has decided to transfer. So that suddenly could leave UW’s fullback spot a little shy of depth if Fogerson can’t make it back.
“It’s a little concerning though not as much now with the emergence of Jonathan Amosa in the spring,” Sarkisian said. “I thought he had a tremendous spring, and then with the addition of (incoming freshman) Dezden Petty when we get him in the summer. But we sure would like to have Zach, so we will see. Hopefully this thing gets resolved — we’d definitely like to have him and have him healthy.”
Zach Fogerson was an early spring standout, particularly with his versatility at the fullback spot, before being sidelined and was listed second at fullback behind Amosa on the post-spring depth chart.
The 6-foot, 238-pounder is an O’Dea High graduate and would be a sophomore next fall and it was hoped he would give the Huskies a real presence the next few years at fullback, drawing some comparisons in style to former USC standout Stanley Havili.
Amosa, a junior, is a former walk-on from Rainier Beach who was moved from linebacker prior to the spring to add depth at fullback and emerged at the top of the depth chart following the spring. Makaula, who had not seen the field as a Husky, was listed third.
In the good news department, Sarkisian said that other players who were limited in the spring appear on track to full recovery and being ready to participate fully when fall camp begins (likely around Aug. 8).
He specifically cited OLs Ben Riva and Senio Kelemete, linebackers Cooper Pelluer and Princeton Fuimaono, safety Taz Stevenson, cornerback Greg Ducre and running back Deontae Cooper as players who should all be ready to go.
“They are all on pace to be back normal, ready to go,” he said. “We’re pretty excited about all of those guys getting back in the fold.”
One who won’t be ready for the start of the fall is cornerback Adam Long, who suffered an ACL injury shortly before spring ball. Sarkisian said Long is still in the “infancy stage” of his rehab and that it’s too soon to put any kind of an estimate on when he might be able to return.
Sarkisian said that veteran players, after a brief break following finals, have returned to school this week and are taking part in structured conditioning workouts on campus. A few of the locally-based incoming freshmen are also taking part though most of the incoming players won’t arrive until July 6 when the LEAP program begins.