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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Tuesday practice notes — More offensive line mystery

As has already been on there on Twitter and message boards, starting left guard Colin Tanigawa did not practice today.

But practice ended without any clarification as to why. UW coach Steve Sarkisian is not scheduled to talk to the media on Tuesdays and he said through a spokesman that he would not address questions about Tanigawa’s status until he is scheduled to talk to the media again on Wednesday.

Sarkisian did not mention an injury to Tanigawa when he met with the media on Monday, and Tanigawa did not suffer an obvious injury during the LSU game (nothing where he was carried off the field or anything).

Tanigawa suffered a torn ACL on his left knee last year against Oregon State. He attended practice Tuesday wearing a sleeve on his right knee. There have been reports/rumors that Tanigawa may have suffered a serious knee injury. As noted, the school will not confirm that today.

Sarkisian seemed to hint that something could be up with Tanigawa when he talked about the offensive line during his weekly radio show Monday night and said that the only two things he could guarantee were that Drew Schaefer would start at center and Micah Hatchie at left tackle. But he did not elaborate on what that might have meant in relation to Tanigawa, who was listed as the starter at left guard on the depth chart released Monday.

The other two spots on the line are known to be uncertain with UW listing James Atoe and Shane Brostek as co-starters at right guard and Mike Criste and Dexter Charles as co-starters at right tackle.

Those spots are up in the air due to injuries to Ben Riva (out 4-6 weeks with a broken forearm) and Erik Kohler (out an unspecified time with a dislocated knee. Kohler attended practice Tuesday with his knee in a wrap of some sort).

Hatchie also was only a partial participant today as he wore a yellow jersey — meaning off limits to contact — though we don’t know why. However, he was in pads, and as noted, Sarkisian said Monday night he would start this week.

Still, all the absences created some strange-looking offensive lines. The No. 1 unit was generally, going from right to left, Mike Criste, James Atoe, Drew Schaefer, Siosifa Tufunga/Shane Brostek and Dexter Charles. Some of the same players also worked with the twos, which usually were, going right to left — Atoe, Brostek, Criste, Tufunga, Ross Dolbec.

Also not in pads today were DE Talia Crichton, who suffered a concussion against LSU, and WR Kevin Smith, who tweaked his knee against LSU. Smith said on Monday that the knee is fine, so presumably this was just a rest day.

With Crichton out, the Huskies moved Andrew Hudson to his end spot and had Danny Shelton and Semisi Tokolahi at tackle, with Josh Shirley at his usual rush end spot.

There were no other apparent lineup changes to the starting units, though Thomas Tutogi did get some significant time with the linebacking corps, both alongside John Timu and sometimes in Timu’s spot in the middle.

Backup defensive end Connor Cree also left practice with some sort of shoulder injury. And backup DE Corey Waller was kicked out of practice in the late going after an apparent altercation with some offensive linemen.

Also, LB Travis Feeney was in yellow after suffering a shoulder injury against LSU. But that’s good news since there was a concern it might be a serious injury. Being in yellow means it wouldn’t be. Will Shamburger, who suffered a cut eyelid against LSU, also was in yellow and practiced some so it appears he’s on the mend.

Cyler Miles again got significant reps with the No. 2 offense along with Derrick Brown. Brown remains listed as the official backup

In general, it was a typical Tuesday practice with lots of work against the scout teams emulating the opponent, which this week is Portland State. Practice ended with the No. 2 units going against each other, though in a non-contact setting. Cody Bruns had a few nice catches in that session.

Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox talked to the media afterward and I will pass along some of that later.

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