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August 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Tuesday practice notes and Holt video

We’re well into regular-season mode now, which means on Tuesday we get to talk to defensive players and coaches.

And that means our once chance this week with defensive coordinator Nick Holt, whose visit with the media you can see in the video below.

As for the news of the day, there remains nothing certain yet on the status of Chris Polk, Johri Fogerson and Quinton Richardson.

Polk and Fogerson were not in pads. Fogerson did some running of the stairs. Polk did some conditioning drills, as well.

Richardson was in full pads and worked mostly with the second unit but didn’t appear 100 percent and his ankle was heavily taped.

Holt said afterward it was still unclear if Richardson will be able to play against Eastern Washington Saturday.

“Oh, I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see. We’ve still got a couple more days. It looks like he’s coming back pretty good but we don’t know, will take a couple more days. It’s only Tuesday. If he’s ready to go, he’ll play.”

Asked what he needs to see out of Richardson to play, he said: “If he can run full speed. I don’t know if he can really run full speed and get out, I’m not sure about that. Just have to ask the trainers and see how he feels.”

If Richardson can’t go, his starting spot will likely be filled by Greg Ducre, who again worked with the ones alongside Desmond Trufant. Holt said he’s more than comfortable with Ducre starting.

“I’m confident,” he said. “He’s had a bunch of reps — he’s going to play. He’s had a nice last couple of days of practice. He’ll be ready to play. Whoever we throw out there will be ready to play.”

Holt said of Ducre that “he’s a little heavier, he’s stronger he knows what he’s doing. He’s a lot better than last year, a lot more experienced, and he’s been around here for a year.” (We do not get Steve Sarkisian on Tuesdays during the regular season so no chance to get an official update on Polk or Fogerson.)

Eastern’s offensive strength is its passing attack, so Ducre could get tested pretty quickly if he has to play. Holt said one of challenges of facing Eastern is that its passing game is so quick.

“A lot of quick stuff,” he said. “But hopefully we can generate some pass rush, but they do get it off quickly and they have a lot of screens and draws to offset your pass rush. But hopefully we can generate something that you might not get sacks but you can hurry some throws and be disruptive.”

Aside from the injury to Richardson, it has been a training camp full of good vibes about the defense, which hopes to translate the success of late last season into this year.

“I hope we pick up where we left off,” Holt said. “We’ve got a lot of returners but we have a couple of young guys at a couple of positions that are key linebacker positions. But they’ve had good fall camps. We hope we just keep getting better like we have the last couple of years and hopefully it shows on Saturday.”

More notes following the video. …

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In other news. …

— With Nick Holt (the player, not the coach) again out, Tim Tucker again worked as a fullback.

Kalani Aldrich, a member of last year’s team before retiring due to knee issues, as a visitor at practice, as was Warren Moon, who is on the broadcast team for Saturday’s game.

Cooper Pelluer appeared to be working some at middle linebacker. He’s previously been working primarily outside. But the middle linebacker is suddenly a little thin behind Cort Dennison and Thomas Tutogi.

— Just to reiterate, nothing new to report on Marvin Hall or Antavius Sims. UW has sent in an appeal on the decision on Hall with no set timetable on when it could come back.

— Backup LB Jordan Wallace also remains out with a knee injury.

Erik Folk hit 5-6 field goals, all in the 45-52-yard range. All came out of the hold of William Chandler, who will now handle those duties with Cody Bruns redshirting.

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