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Husky spring practice Tuesday

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on April 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm with No Comments »
April 26, 2011 7:16 pm

Coach Steve Sarkisian was asked one last time about the prospects of former Husky quarterback Jake Locker heading into Thursday’s NFL draft. “These are the longest days of his life this week,” Sarkisian said. “He’s such a great kid, such a great person, it’s all going to work out regardless what happens. But I am hopeful he gets to go to a place that allows him to grow as a player and gives him a chance for longevity in that league because he deserves it.”

Probably the biggest development of the Tuesday workout was the appearance of senior left tackle Senio Kelemete after three weeks of walking around in a protective boot. Kelemete did not participate in team drills, but moved well in early sessions after recovering from a plantar fascia injury.

“Still a little sore,” he said. “I just wanted to come out today and feel where I am with it. Obviously, I’ve progressed a lot faster than they thought I would. The trainers have been doing a really good job of rehabbing it and working on me.”

“He looked good today,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t anticipate him playing Saturday. We kind of don’t need him to.” But Sarkisian appreciated that he got back out there Tuesday even if it was in limited action.

“From a leadership standpoint, a lot of those guys look up to him,” Sarkisian said. “He’s played a lot of football and he’s got a great presence about him, so it was good to have him out there.”

–After having watched the video of Saturday’s scrimmage, Sarkisian was a little surprised that his young team made so few mistakes. “I thought we played sound football, good football; we tackled pretty well and guys made plays when they had the opportunity. All in all, it was a good, physical scrimmage, which is what we wanted.

–Sarkisian said Saturday’s final spring session (11 a.m. at Husky Stadium) will be an actual spring game rather than just a scrimmage. He had been concerned whether limited manpower at some positions would make it difficult to conduct a game.

“We have a few guys who will have to swing back and forth, but I want to give our fans an opportunity to watch a game,” he said. The final spring workout before the game has been moved from Thursday to Friday at 4 p.m.

–A national news outlet reported that Sarkisian had called Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for advice on how to make the announcement when he decided which young quarterback – sophomore Keith Price or redshirt freshman Nick Montana – would be named the team’s starter.

Sarkisian said that didn’t mean that he had arrived at the decision, only that he asked Carroll for suggestions on how to go about it.

“I have great respect for Pete,” said Sarkisian, formerly Carroll’s assistant at USC. “He’s a tremendous mentor to me; it’s not the first time I’ve called him, believe me.”

–As he predicted, Sarkisian used much of Tuesday’s practice in work on the nuances of special teams. He will not decide on return men until fall camp, he said.

–Linebacker Cort Denison “banged his head,” Sarkisian said. He was kept out of drills in the latter part of practice as a precaution.

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