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Video: Steve Sarkisian post-practice Monday

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Aug. 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm with No Comments »
August 19, 2013 9:53 pm

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was dressed for practice with a white sheath on his right hand to protect his surgically repaired right pinkie.

Defensive end Connor Cree was once again in a yellow jersey indicating he was not allowed to participate in drills with contact.

Other than that, little to report from the first closed practice of the season.

Washington was off from Saturday afternoon until Monday afternoon. In the video above, Steve Sarkisian talks about Saturday’s scrimmage and how he feels the time off helped result in what he called the team’s most energetic practice of the year.

Sarkisian also said again the Boise State install would start Tuesday. He didn’t specify if any of the open spots — like among the kickers or at rush end — were clarified after Saturday’s scrimmage. He said they would sit down Monday night and continue sorting that out.

Picking the starters will have a trickle-down effect on special teams. Washington won’t be in the position it was in the past — when a lack of depth forced starters to play almost every special teams snap — thanks to a deeper roster. When Sarkisian determines his starters on offense and defense, he can sort out the fringe players for special teams.

One scary sight on special teams: Freshman defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, who is 6-2, 293 pounds, blocking on kick returns. Would be troubling to see someone run full speed into that.

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