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April 17, 2013
Here are some notes from Washington football head coach Steve Sarkisian after Tuesday's practice.
On seeing spring ball coming to an end: "It's been obviously a little unique in that by breaking it up into really two spring segments or two spring ball sets it has gone by relatively quickly. Getting the six practices in prior to finals and spring break, those two weeks with six practices, them coming back and now finishing up our seventh practice in the second set, it's been good. It's been really refreshing on that aspect of it. I think our energy has been really good," Sarkisian said. "I thought our spirits have been good on both sides of the ball."
On DB Cleveland Wallace earning more practice time: "Been really impressed with Cleveland so far," Sarkisian said. "He's really talented, he's got a really high football IQ, good feel for the game, but also he's an excellent return man and I think now after redshirting he's really improved." Sarkisian said he had high hopes for Wallace coming out of last fall, and that he looked good at practice Tuesday. "Another good, young defensive back for us that not only this year, but for our future, looks really good," Sarkisian said.
On potentially needing to use more than five offensive linemen: "We were seeing if anybody could bump anybody out of there. I think if we were to play a game, we'd probably play seven to eight offensive linemen, quite honestly, especially when we get (Colin) Tanigawa back, so we're going to see some different guys play," Sarkisian said. "With the tempo that we're playing at, I think to realistically think you're only going to play five O-linemen at that number of snaps isn't realistic, so Erik Kohler's coming along, I think when we get Tanigawa back, Shane Brostek has an ankle thing that's hobbled him some, but those guys will give us some opportunities to step in and play and do some good stuff for us. So I feel good about what those five guys have done, but when they get fatigued, they've struggled some, so we have to be ready and willing early on in games to sub those guys just as we would in practice so they don't get too fatigued late in the ball game."
On WR/TE Josh Perkins: "Josh has been a really pleasant surprise for us," Sarkisian said. "He's been a sort of hybrid slot receiver-tight end for us. I think that the one thing Josh has done consistently is when we've thrown him the ball, he's catching it, and that-first and foremost-if you're going to be a receiver-tight end, that's paramount to what you're doing, but he's also showing the focus and attention to detail in his route running, his blocking, I think he's been really engaged in our day to day activities and all of that shows when he goes out and plays. He's got good energy, he's doing things right, I think he's competing, I think he's going to help us this fall."
Quick hits for spring game format:
"We're a little bit nicked up, so what we'll do is we're going to have a practice with scrimmage segments broken out," Sarkisian said. "That being said, there should be some fun stuff that takes place in different competitions we'll do, whether they're throwing competitions, kicking competitions, really trying to get the fans involved with some fan play calls and some different things. So we're trying to make it beneficial for us so that we maximize our time on the field, but also make it entertaining for our fans so they feel good about our Husky football team for 2013."
Full pads, full tackling and hitting.
Players will be in uniforms.
Although quarterbacks will also be in their game uniforms, they won't be live, so they can't get hit.
No score will be kept.
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