UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s weekly Monday press conference has concluded.
In one bit of personnel news, Sarkisian said starting guard Colin Tanigawa is out for the season. He did not offer details, but the school had already reported that Tanigawa had suffered a knee injury, presumably in the LSU game.
So that means UW is now without both of its starting guards from 2011, who had been expected a year ago to anchor the team this season. The other, Colin Porter, was forced to call it a career in the spring due to chronic shoulder issues.
Erik Kohler also remains out with a knee injury suffered against LSU and Ben Riva remains out with a broken forearm suffered against San Diego State. There is no update on him this week but his injury was initially portrayed as a 4-6-week deal so he could be back soon (though he is not listed on the depth chart for this week so likely out for the Cardinal)
So that means the line listed as the starters for this week will be pretty young (and it’s a group UW could go with for a while other than the potential return soon of Riva).
To refresh that group, it is, from left to right — Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Drew Schaefer, James Atoe or Shane Brostek, and Mike Criste.
Only Schaefer, a senior, has significant experience, having started the past two seasons.
Hatchie, Atoe and Criste are each third-year sophomores, Charles a redshirt freshman and Brostek a true freshman. Those four have a combined eight career starts.