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Thursday was UW’s first practice closed entirely to the media, and coach Steve Sarkisian was the only team representative available for interviews after practice.
A few notes from Sarkisian:
— Senior Travis Coons has won the place-kicking job. Freshman Cameron Van Winkle will be the kickoff specialist, and Coons will share punting duties with sophomore Korey Durkee.
— Sarkisian again singled out senior WR Kevin Smith as perhaps the biggest surprise of fall camp. “I don’t know if we really thought No. 8 would be such an integral piece to the puzzle, but right now he is,” Sarkisian said.
— Junior OL Erik Kohler (foot) and freshman DB Patrick Enewally (hand) are players Sarkisian said will likely not be available against Boise State because of injury. Enewally is scheduled to see a hand specialist on Friday.
— RG Colin Tanigawa has emerged as one of the team’s top leaders, along with WR DiAndre Campbell, QB Keith Price, S Sean Parker and LB Shaq Thompson.
Note: I’ll post the second part of our interview with Sarkisian (held in the media room inside Alaska Airlines Arena) in a bit.