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August 29, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Coach’s show and practice notes

A few more notes from Monday’s practice and the first of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s radio shows. …

Nick Holt (the player, not the coach) was out with an unspecified injury, though indications are it’s not serious.

Chris Polk was not in pads today but did some running and cutting drills and Sarkisian said “he looked good today. Did a lot of cutting drills, and that’s always the challenge, not just running straight ahead. He looked good doing it, we’ll see how the knee responds tomorrow.” But he said again that they won’t make a decision until Wednesday and will likely error on the side of caution. “The reality is, I want to make sure I have a healthy Chris Polk for October, November.”

Quinton Richardson was in pads and did some practicing with the second team. He didn’t look at full strength, though that might have been expected given that he has been out for 16 days. Sarkisian on his radio show said Richardson is about 80-85 percent but that today was a good one to get him back out on the field and see where he is and then see how the ankle responds tomorrow.

— Sarkisian said he feels good about the tailback spot even if Polk can’t play with Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey taking over: “Quite honestly, I don’t feel bad about that. I think those two kids can play. … Bishop Sankey has done nothing to disappoint us this training camp. He’s mentally tough and physically tough. … If we go with Jesse and Bishop, I feel fine about it.”

— Sarkisian said that one of Keith Price’s better unnoticed attributes is his ability to audible at the line of scrimmage and get the Huskies out of bad plays. “He’s a guy that gets us into a good football play,” he said, adding that the Huskies have “maybe done more (audibiling) with Keith than Jake (Locker) because he’s grown up in this system, he knows it so, so well that we don’t run as many plays in the non-good looks.”

— Sarkisian said again that they will not rotate quarterbacks in any manner this season or try to get Nick Montana a series here or there. “I’ve never believed in rotating those guys,” he said. But he said that “Nick will get his chances, he knows that.”

— Sarkisian elaborated a bit on the coach’s show on the decision to use both punters. He hinted that Kiel Rasp would be the first to take the field though he said that “there could be another opportunity depending on where we are on the field, you are going to see Will Mahan.” He said deciding on a starter has not been easy because both have done well and said again that “we’ll find opportunities for both of them. …Both have earned the right to participate on our team this fall.”

— Sarkisian said his main worry isn’t that the team won’t be fired up or play but that the “challenge for us is to do things right and not have the false starts and illegal prodecures and pass interferences where we give them plays. So that’s been a big focus for us today and will be throughout the week.”

— He said they will rotate 10 defensive linemen in the game making the team as deep as it’s been on the line since he’s been here.

— And he said again that Desmond Trufant was one of the MVPs of training camp.

UPDATE, 5:55 P.M. — So far, no former Huskies have been cut by NFL teams. You can follow NFL transactions here.

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