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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Smith doubtful for Alamo Bowl, and a couple other notes

The final press conference for the coaches of the two teams in the Alamo Bowl has concluded, and it revealed a little bit of news for UW.

Specifically, Husky coach Steve Sarkisian said receiver and kickoff returner Kevin Smith suffered a sprained knee in practice this week and he is doubtful to play against Baylor on Thursday.

Smith generally shares return duties with Jesse Callier and Sarkisian said Kasen Williams and Bishop Sankey would be the others called on to fill in.

Smith led UW in kickoff returns this year with 958 yards on 37 attempts and also had 15 receptions as a backup receiver.

Sarkisian also said that safety Will Shamburger remains doubtful to play with a stinger but that Justin Glenn has gotten healthy and would fill in the depth at free safety, with Nate Fellner expected to get the start.

He also said the team is continuing to search for a replacement for departed cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin. Donte Williams, who had been a graduate assistant all season, has been promoted to fill that spot for the bowl game.

Sarkisian also said quarterback Keith Price is “probably the best he’s been since the beginning of the season” in terms of his health, adding “I can definitely see that he feels much better.”

Sarkisian also said he will meet with running back Chris Polk soon after the bowl game to discuss his future. He called it a “business decision” for Polk and said that Polk has gotten his grade back from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, though he didn’t reveal what it said.

And for those wondering about uniforms, UW is the road team (designed by conference ahead of time) so expect something in white.

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