I hope you got a chance today to participate in the live chat with UW football coach Steve Sarkisian. If not, you can read through the transcript as he addressed a number of key issues, including to expect to see UW try to play more man defense in the secondary to combat spread offenses while also implementing more quarterback runs into its own offense.
He also touched on a few personnel issues, including that Shane Brostek will move back to offense (and specifically, guard) after spending the last half of the 2012 season on the defensive line. He also announced two of UW’s new graduate assistants in Danny Razore, a former Bellevue High assistant who spent last year at UW as an undergraduate assistant, and former receiver D’Andre Goodwin.
Separate from the chat, Sarkisian also elaborated on a few other personnel issues:
— As he noted in the chat, OL Colin Tanigawa will not be available until the fall, as is the case with several other players who suffered significant knee injuries last season — notably Jesse Callier, Deontae Cooper, Hau’oli Jamora, Pio Vatuvei and Lawrence Lagafuaina. Sarkisian answered a general question about them in the chat and said all are on a normal course of rehab but that the recovery process simply has to take its course and they won’t really be able to determine where those guys are until fall camp starts.
— Also out for the spring is LB Travis Feeney, who had a shoulder surgery after the season to clean up some lingering issues. Sarkisian said he will be back for the start of fall camp.
— Also limited early in the spring will be DB Brandon Beaver, who is suffering from a sports hernia condition. Sarkisian said the hope he will work his way through it and be able to participate more fully as the spring progresses.
— As Sarkisian noted in the chat, OL Erik Kohler will be available for the second part of spring practice, in April, though he will still be limited/out for the first six practices, which will be held the next two weeks before UW then takes two weeks off.
— Also back fully for spring will be WR James Johnson, who missed all of last season with a wrist injury, and fullback Cooper Pelluer, who was out with a shoulder injury. Sarkisian said each should be ready to go from the beginning of camp.
— Sarkisian said the fact that as many as 10-12 guys could be out for all or some of spring practice “is one of the challenges of this spring for us. You think about that we have over 20 players we just signed we don’t have available this spring and throw in 10-12 guys that are not available for us (for injury reasons) and our roster number is actually very low in spring practice. That’s part of the reason why we spread this thing out, to maximize our opportunities so that if guys do get nicked up in spring practice we can get them back in the second half of spring, because we just don’t have a big number right now heading into spring ball.”