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August 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Wednesday practice notes and Sarkisian video

The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday practice, one in which injured Chris Polk, Johri Fogerson and Quinton Richardson all participated to varying degrees.

Polk put on the pads for the first time since his Aug. 18 arthroscopic knee surgery and got a few plays in the team session, wearing a red jersey throughout. Simply being back out on the field again seems an obvious step in the right direction for Polk, who realistically still seems a week or two away from being back 100 percent. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said it was still too early to know if he’ll be able to play Saturday against Eastern Washington.

“I thought Chris looked good today,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll see how he responds tomorrow. We’ll have to see how he responds tomorrow.”

Richardson, who had done quite a bit on Tuesday, did less today. He took part in the one-on-one sessions but didn’t do anything in the team periods, with Greg Ducre running with the starting unit, instead, a duty he appears likely to hold Saturday, as well.
“Quinton was a little sore today after what he did yesterday,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll see how he responds to it tomorrow after two days of it, but today he was a little sore.”

Fogerson, battling a sore hip, was in full pads and got in a few plays during the team session and seemed back enough to being able to at least add depth on Saturday.

“Johri got back going today, it was good for him to get out and running the ball,” Sarkisian said.

As they have throughout the week, Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey took the bulk of the snaps at tailback.

You can see Sarkisian’s comments yourself in the video below, with some more notes afterward:

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IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Sarkisian again raved about the team’s approach to practice, saying he thinks the Huskies aren’t relying much on the momentum of last year but instead concentrating on the task at hand: “What I appreciate about this team as much as anything is that every day they come to work. I think there’s been one practice so far this camp that maybe I’ve been a little disappointed. I think today’s was as spirited a practice as we’ve had since we’ve been going, since Aug. 9 or whatever day that was. I’ve been really impressed with this group. They are bringing it, and they are bringing it not because of who we were last year but who we are now.”

— Asked if he’s had a team practice this consistently since he’s been here, he said no: “These guys, they’re goin’. They love competing with one another. It’s a really good, healthy competition. It’s not malicious in any way. They don’t like losing, and they are going to battle and compete and have fun with one another through it all.”

— Saturday’s game is obviously the first for a number of true and redshirt frosh, notably Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Sarkisian said each of the latter two appears to be hitting a good stride right now: “Well, I thought today was both of their best practices of the week. Sometimes, it’s game week and maybe a young guy thinks he has to change. And I thought maybe there was a little bit of that on Monday and then into Tuesday. But credit our coaches, they got them back today and they were as impressive as they’ve been in camp. I was impressed with that.”

— Today was “Turnover Wednesday” and there were two in the final team session — interceptions by Cort Dennison and Will Shamburger. Each was off passes by Keith Price, though the second one appeared hardly his fault as Shamburger dove to catch a ball that was bobbled in traffic.

— There was one new walk-on today, punter Sean Halligan of Puyallup. He was with the team last year but left early in camp, the departure that led to the return of Kiel Rasp. More walk-ons are expected in a few weeks when school starts.

— Coaches have said for a week or so that James Johnson is back, and he proved it today, making a number of highlight-reel catches throughout practice. If there was a player of the day, he was it. Johnson usually ran with the No. 1 offense.

— Maybe the play of the day was a 50-yard pass from Nick Montana to Williams during an early team session.

— With Cody Bruns now redshirting, William Chandler takes over as the holder, and punter Will Mahan as the backup, Mahan getting a lot of work on that today.

Nick Holt (the player, not the coach) was back in pads today but didn’t work in any team sessions.

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