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September 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Sarkisian notes on Pac-12 Conference Call — Wallace and Barnett transfer out

UW coach Steve Sarkisian said on the Pac-12 coaches conference call today that backup tight end Marlion Barnett and backup linebacker Jordan Wallace have each decided to transfer.

Wallace, a junior and the brother of former UW standout C.J. Wallace, had not played this year while nursing a knee injury. He was listed as a third-teamer at weakside linebacker.

Barnett, a redshirt sophomore, did not play in either of the first two games of the season and did not make the trip Saturday to Nebraska. He was listed as the fourth team tight end. Barnett played in nine games last year and started four, making four catches for 31 yards. But he had been passed over at tight end this year with the emergence of true freshman Austin Seferian-Jenkins and redshirt freshman Michael Hartvigson.

Barnett and Wallace were each members of the first recruiting class for Sarkisian at UW in 2009, put together in a couple of months after he was hired as coach in Dec., 2008. Only nine of 19 players from that class remain on the UW roster. The class included six junior college transfers, three of whom did not gain admittance and another (Dorson Boyce) who has already used his eligibility.

Sarkisian also said on the call that he remains in contact with the Pac-12 office about trying to get an explanation from the Big Ten about some of the controversial calls made in the loss at Nebraska Saturday.

“I would like to get an explanation on some of them, yes,” he said.

He was also asked about UW’s defense and said: “I think one of the biggest things is we are not playing football with the tenacity and the relentless that’s needed to really be a great defnsive team. We are playing with some hesitation and not letting loose and letting go, afraid to make a mistake, and you can’t play defense that way.”

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