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August 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Notes and quotes from Steve Sarkisian press conference

We’re live here at the Founder’s Club at UW, just a few hours before the start of the Huskies’ fall camp.

Steve Sarkisian is at the podium now and, in his words: “I’m fired up, man. I’m ready to go.”

“I’ve said this several times already, that this is the best team we’ve had since we’ve been here,” he said. “I’m exited to get on the field with these guys.”

Sarkisian said there is no update on potential disciplinary action with Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Kasen Williams, and the delay in announcing anything has “nothing to do with gamesmanship.”

Three things Sarkisian he will look closely at during fall camp:

— Improving red-zone efficiency (UW ranked 10th in the Pac-12 with a 75 percent conversion rate in 2012).

— Establishing continuity on the offensive line.

— Finding two new starters in the defensive secondary.

A few personnel notes:

— Linebacker Cooper Pelluer has been “medically disqualified” and linebacker Evan Zeger have retired from UW. (Update: UW confirmed in April that Zeger had left the team; today, Sarkisian announced Zeger’s retirement.)

— Offensive lineman Erik Kohler will be “extremely limited” to start camp after a summer foot injury.

— Sarkisian says linebacker Travis Feeney is “full go” after missing spring following shoulder surgery.

— Tight end Evan Hudson is shifting to defensive end to start fall camp.

— Quarterback Derrick Brown has shifted to a fullback/H-back role.

— The guys coming back ACL injuries — Deontae CooperColin Tanigaway, Lawrence Lagafuaina, Jesse Callier and Ryan McDaniel — have all been cleared to practice, but most will be limited, at least initially.

– Walk-on punter Zach Grossnickle has been added to UW roster after transferring from Colorado.
– Of the freshmen, Sarkisian said a “few guys” have “yet” to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but all will practice today. Freshman offensive lineman Coleman Shelton has been added to the roster, after initially planning to grayshirt.
– Defensive linemen Jaimie Bryant of Tumwater and Andrew Basham of Lynnwood will grayshirt. Sarkisian said Basham still has some academic hurdles to clear before being enrolled in school.

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