UW football coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on KJR-AM on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show this morning from Los Angeles, where he is attending the ESPYs tonight.
UPDATED —- In the most notable nugget, Sarkisian confirmed that defensive back Justin Glenn suffered an injury recently during a summer workout. Since first posting this, the school has said it is a sprained foot that is categorized as “very minor.”
Said Sarkisian of the injury: “We’ll assess it. Things happen and guys working out get injured. But we’ll assess it as we move forward in training camp.”
Glenn suffered a broken leg against Notre Dame in 2009 that caused him to be slowed throughout the 2010 season (which I detailed in this story during the spring).
But he had a solid spring and was emerging as a favorite at the nickelback spot and available to add depth throughout the secondary with the ability to play both cornerback and safety. Sarkisian has said previously that safeties Taz Stevenson and Sean Parker, who were each limited in the spring, are on track to return for camp. But that’s obviously a spot where the more bodies, the better and the loss of Glenn for any amount of time would just as obviously be a bit of a hit.
In a few other notes from that interview:
— He reiterated what he said last week about DT Semisi Tokolahi, that Tokolahi won’t be 100 percent for the beginning of the season but the hope is that he will be by the time Pac-12 play starts on Sept. 24 against Cal at Husky Stadium. “When Pac-12 play goes is when we’ll really need his depth,” Sarkisian said, adding “I think he’ll be there for us.”
— He said OL Erik Kohler, who suffered an MCL sprain in the spring game, is 100 percent.
— He talked about the addition this week of RB Kyle Lewis for the 2011 season, saying “he was a late qualifier NCAA-wise who was committed to another school and in our desperate needs from where we are at running back, he decided to join the Huskies, which is great for us.”
— He said UW will now need to further emphasize the RB spot in recruiting this year due to the injury of Deontae Cooper and the loss of Zach Fogerson. “It’s a position we will have to recruit heavily this next year and ideally have to take a couple of guys to get our numbers right,” he said.
— He said it was too early to know if Cooper can get a sixth year of eligibility — remember that those are often awarded at the back end of a career — saying “it’s not an automatic. … forget about four years from now. Let’s worry about the next nine months and rehab and getting it (his knee) right. He’ll get through this.”
— He repeated what he said last week about the RB spot that “it’s not ideal, quite honestly” due to the recent losses in personnel. But he said a key will be not to just put all the burden on Chris Polk. “I am concerned we strive for balance and I want balance,” he said. “What’s important for Chris’ sake is that we play really well around him and that we have the capacity to throw the ball down field so that the defense doesn’t just focus on Chris Polk and that when he gets his carries and make his plays, then we are a really good offensive. Hopefully we are a more balanced team and we’re not just having to hand it to him 35-40 times a game. That’s the key here.”
— He said UW will need to use the first three games to find out exactly what kind of quarterback Keith Price is and then use that information heading into Pac-12 play. “We have to find out what he is,” he said. “We’re not going to expect him to come out and play like it’s the Super Bowl the first game, but we need to find out how he plays in games and we’d rather find that out early. The reality is we are going to figure out who he is as we play those first three weeks and assess those strengths and weaknesses and really who he is and the way he plays and that will give us an idea (of the direction of the offense) once we get into Pac-12 play.”
— Sarkisian also said he likes the way the team is handling its off-season work and that he likes the look of the team physically.