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August 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Some notes from Raise the Woof — Price, Schaefer, Truftant, Parker, Timu named captains

Washington held its annual Raise the Woof celebration tonight and while I was not able to attend, I did listen to the live broadcast on KJR-AM.

Here are a few items of interest gleaned (a word I like) throughout:

— UW announced its season captains. They are: QB Keith Price and center Drew Schaefer for the offense, and for the defense it is cornerback Desmond Trufant, safety Sean Parker and linebacker John Timu. The captains are voted on by the other players and UW coach Steve Sarkisian said the vote on defense was so close among two of the players that he decided to go with three captains on defense instead of the usual two.

— KJR interviewed injured linebacker Jamaal Kearse, his first comments since he suffered a shin splint about midway through camp that will have him out for the first few games of the season. Kearse said he is “just going to get healthy as fast as possible” and is “getting stronger, getting better” and will “start walking in a couple of days.” Asked about the injury, which wasn’t noticed by the media covering practice that night, Kearse said “it happened so fast, and honestly I didn’t even know it happened at the time. I was just thinking it was a little shin splint or something. I was just practicing like I could shake it off, it happened fast, and hopefully I come back as fast as possible and come back with the ones (the starting defense).

— Receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty was on with KJR and said receiver Kevin Smith participated fully in a scrimmage today (which was closed to the media). Dougherty called it “the first time he has been full go in a live scrimmage format” and said that Smith will be back. Dougherty also said DiAndre Campbell was injured during the scrimmage today though he did not elaborate.

— Linebacker Nate Fellner was also on KJR and said he expects to be back “as soon as possible” from the broken bone in his foot suffered early in camp. Fellner said he “planted” on his foot and “heard a crack” and broke the foot. Interestingly, he described Shaq Thompson as now playing his position. Thompson has been playing in what is largely a nickelback spot in practice the last week or so and this week began working at times with the linebackers during individual drills. Thompson, though, was announced as a safety at the event.

Deontae Cooper was also interviewed by KJR-AM and said he will have surgery Thursday and that he is “going to get it right” and return to the field next season. He said he is going to “map out a plan to get ready for 2013.”

— In his comments to the general audience, Sarkisian said among other things called it “our most competitive, physical training camp but also one that has produced the most big plays.” He also said “this is the best (offensive) line we have had in four years” when talking about that position group.

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