The Pac-12 debuted something new today (and yes, I guess any debut is new) holding a teleconference with coaches following spring football.
That gave reporters a chance to ask some questions of coaches to kind of wrap up the spring and look ahead.
The two key news items from UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s time on the call today were that Johri Fogerson will graduate this spring and play somewhere else in the fall and that linebacker/fullback Cooper Pelluer will likely miss the 2012 season with a shoulder injury.
Fogerson will be a fifth-year senior next fall and by graduating will be eligible to move on and play somewhere else immediately. Sarkisian said it is not known where he will play next year.
This news puts to an end Fogerson’s UW career, which never really seemed to get completely on track. He signed with UW in 2008 out of O’Dea High as one of the top recruits in the state and was immediately thrust into action as a true freshman at safety during the lost season of 2008.
He was moved back to his preferred tailback spot when Sarkisian arrived in 2009 but struggled to stay healthy and had just 16 carries for 58 yards over the last three seasons (here is his UW career bio). He also had a celebrated legal incident in the spring of 2011, though he had been reinstated as a full member of the team for the 2011 season — he played in three games last season before being injured against Cal and being knocked out for the season.
Pelluer, meanwhile, suffered a shoulder surgery late in the spring and Sarkisian said he will have surgery that will likely cost him the season. He has a redshirt year available, so he could come back in 2013 with two years of eligibility remaining.
Pelluer played in three games last year as a sophomore and was being used primarily as a fullback this spring, though also still some at linebacker before being injured.
I’ll have a full transcript of Sarkisian’s comments soon.