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August 8, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Monday press conference update

Steve Sarkisian’s first Monday press conference of the season has concluded.

And as always, there was a little bit of personnel news revealed, which I’ll pass along here first before getting into more detailed notes and quotes later.

— Sarkisian said that incoming freshmen Marvin Hall and Kyle Lewis are not yet cleared by the NCAA to practice and Antavius Sims has not yet completed all of his coursework at Ventura CC and as yet is not admitted to school. Hall and Lewis are admitted to UW so once cleared they can practice immediately. Sarkisian said he hopes all will be back soon but also said that NCAA issues can “take some time.”

— He said five defensive players will be limited early — DTs Semisi Tokolahi and Sione Potoa’e (each knees), safeties Taz Stevenson (sprained knee), Justin Glenn (sprained foot) and Evan Zeger (hamstring). Sarkisian termed all the injuries as minor and anticipates all being back soon.

— He confirmed CB Adam Long will not be with the team now as he rehabs his knee injury but should be back in a few weeks.

— He said P Kiel Rasp is now on scholarship and that the Huskies have the maximum 85 scholarship players at the moment (I’ll try to break that down a little later). He also said Brendan Lopez and Jonathan Amosa remain on scholarship.

Keith Price will get roughly two-thirds of the snaps with the one offense during camp and Nick Montana the other third, though that could vary depending on the day. He also said he wants to make sure Derrick Brown gets some snaps with the twos and walk-on Thomas Vincent with the threes (and intriguingly mentioned that Vincent also may see some time on special teams).

— He didn’t rule out that Montana could win the QB job, saying simply that if he plays better than Price, he would be the guy. He said that could “easily” happen, which I’d read more to mean to indicate how much they emphasize competition.

— He said again the team is trying to get a sixth year for PK Erik Folk and hopes to know soon, but termed it a “longshot.”

— Sarkisian confirmed that LB Scott Lawyer has enrolled and is with the team now. He had been set to grayshirt after having shoulder surgery last winter. But Sarkisian said he healed quickly and is ready to go now.

— A few defensive players could be tried at fullback to add to the depth there, he said, though none would be a permanent move, just experiments to see how much they might be able to help. He didn’t give names, but John Timu seems an obvious candidate.

— He said he’d like to have a starting five on the OL set within two weeks or so.

— Said a number of players will be tried at the return spots and it’s too early to really say who else will be there other than the returning starters.

— Among the players who he said had good off-seasons were Chris Polk, Everrette Thompson, Desmond Trufant and Hau’oli Jamora.

More later.



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