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September 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Video — Steve Sarkisian notes and quotes

UW’s Wednesday practice has concluded. The team was in full pads and worked out on another picture-perfect September day here in Seattle.

With UW still eight days away from its Sept. 27 game against Stanford, the Huskies had a pretty long and physical workout today. They’ll be a little less physical tomorrow and then take a day off before beginning a regular week of preparation for the Cardinal.

“It will be a little bit lighter, but there are definitely some special teams things we are going to handle tomorrow that we want to get done,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said of Thursday’s practice. “We’ve looked at a couple things here the last couple days schematically and hopefully tomorrow we can finalize do we want to keep, do we want to scratch? And then an opportunity for some of the younger guys to play within our system and get a decent amount of work done. But it won’t be as lengthy as the last two days have been.”

Among the special teams tasks is figuring out who will be the punter versus Stanford. Sarkisian said earlier in the week the job is in competition with Korey Durkee struggling with inconsistency so far.

Asked today if the job remains open, Sarkisian said: “Yeah it is, for sure. Travis Coons is an excellent punter as well, he’s done well, I haven’t done that in the past, having a kicker be a punter and vice versa, I know it’s worked for other schools around the country, so we want to put the guy out there who gives us the best job for us to be successful. That doesn’t mean Korey’s lost his job, but we’re allowing them to punt every day and find out who is best for the job.”

Sarkisian also talked about the arrival of Alabama transfer Travell Dixon, who went through his third practice for the Huskies today.

“We had a scholarship available, and were able to get him in academically and get him on board, which is good because in our conference, the more good corners you can get, the better,” Sarkisian said, “To get a guy with some experience for next year as we lose Tru (Desmond Trufant) will be good for us. We knew about him, we didn’t know how much of a need it was. When Justin (Wilcox) and Keith Keyward came on board, he was on their radar as well, and between all three of us, we had a pretty good relationship there.

“He probably would have been a real real priority for us if it weren’t for Tre Watson, but now they are staggered and get to be veterans as we move into next year. He has great length for a corner, tremendous speed, which are two things we are continually looking for at that spot. Ideally, we recruit six foot or taller corners that can run and defend the length of receiver in our conference.”

Asked what Dixon will be able to do with UW this year — he is ineligible to play until 2013 — Sarkisian said: “He can practice, I think was his third day now so starting tomorrow he can wear pads. He is essentially in the same boat Tre was in a year ago for us. He can practice with us, he won’t be able to suit up for us or go to a bowl game, but he can practice and go to school, all of those things.”

You can see all of Sarkisian’s meeting with the media below:

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