On the first practice with full pads, Washington didn’t lose a player to injury on Friday. But the Huskies did see junior linebacker Garrett Gilliland leave the team and received news that starting safety/linebacker Nate Fellner will be out for four weeks with a broken foot.
Coach Steve Sarkisian said Gilliland, who played in 12 games last season and started at outside linebacker against Cal, chose to retire. Gilliland will remain at UW, but will not be on an athletic scholarship.
“We want him to play football and he doesn’t want to,” Sarkisian said. “It’s unfortunate.”
Fellner was carted off the practice field on Thursday after suffering a foot injury. Sarkisian said the junior broke the fifth metatarsal and would need at least four weeks to recover.
“We know what it is,” Sarkisian said. “It’s nothing worse. Hopefully he’s back sooner rather than later.”
With Fellner out, sophomore linebacker Jamaal Kearse and redshirt freshman Scott Lawyer saw an increase in their first-team reps. Freshman Cory Littleton and junior Thomas Tutogi also will get more opportunities, Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian said defensive end Hau’oli Jamora will not be able to have surgery on his knee until next week. Jamora sprained his knee Wednesday after recovering from offseason ACL surgery. … Former NFL and Ohio State running back Eddie George watched practice Friday. George will work as an analyst on the Fox College Football Pregame Show this season.