The first Monday press conference of the season has concluded at UW.
No real significant news, though UW coach Steve Sarkisian did relay some specific news on who is out for the game and which true freshmen will play.
First on who is out: Sarkisian said the following six players are out — Hau’oli Jamora, Deontae Cooper, Nate Fellner, James Johnson, Jamaal Kearse and Cooper Pelluer. That means apparently that everyone else is able to play.
He also said Jamora and Cooper will have surgery on Thursday.
Asked about a best-case scenario for Jamora, he said: “I don’t know. You know will all this stuff injuries are injuries. Everybody want percentages when a guys back. I know he’s unable to perform right now. Hopefully we can get some really good information out of Thursday. Whether its for this year or moving forward for his future, his career. I know we sorely miss him not only what he brings as a play-maker on the field but a real leader up front on the defensive line. But we’ll see how it goes.”
He also said the following five true freshmen will play this season — punter Korey Durkee, safety Shaq Thompson, defensive end Pio Vatuvei and receivers Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor. He said others could, but that right now those are the only ones who for sure will.
Here’s his full answer to that question: “Well, in general, I can give you the one that I know for sure are going to play. And as the season goes on, things change. I know that Kory Durkee’s gonna punt. I know that Shaq Thompson is going to play. I know Jaydon Mickens is going to play, I know Kendyl Taylor is going to play, I know Pio Vatuvei is going to play. Those five guys, I can assure you will play. The rest of them, time will tell. As they develop, as we get an assessment of our team through Game 1, as injuries could occur, things can change. I’m a realist that way. But as of right now, five guys will play.”
Here’s the video of Sarkisian’s press conference:
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