Steve Sarkisian said Thursday that Travis Coons will handle field goals, freshman Cameron Van Winkle will kick off, and that Coons and Korey Durkee are competing for the punting duties.
On to the quick hits from about 15 minutes with Sarkisian:
> Sarkisian once again touted the depth of this roster as compared to prior years.
> Asked who, at this point, he thinks is out for the Boise State game, Sarkisian said OL Erik Kohler and cornerback Patrick Enewally are the likely candidates. Sarkisian said Kohler is waiting for a bone in his foot to heal. Enewally will see a hand specialist Friday for an undisclosed injury.
> Sarkisian said he’s been very impressed with wide receiver Kevin Smith. As we’ve talked about in the past, Smith look s much faster this year without a cumbersome knee brace on to slow him down. He’s also a big body at wide receiver and lead blocked on kickoff returns. “He’s a guy that I’d say coming in we thought could be a nice role player for us offensively and contribute on special teams. He’s a guy that has been really dynamic, especially the last two weeks of training camp.”
> Sarkisian expects to put out an official two-deep by Saturday night.
> Sarkisian on Coons: “That’s a lot on a guy to do triple duty the way he had to do last year. It was probably unfair to him, but we were trying to do what was best for our team. But, I think we are seeing the benefit of it. He’s kicking field goals very accurately right now. He’s punting the ball extremely well, as well.”
> Sarkisian said running backs Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier practiced full again Thursday and should be ready to go against Boise State.
> Sarkisian said Colin Tanigawa, Hau’oli Kikaha (Jamora) and DiAndre Campbell have emerged as leaders, among the other expected ones like Keith Price and Sean Parker.
> Sarkisian also said NT Lawrence Lagafuaina is not as far along as the others who had ACL injuries, but expects him to play in the opener.
> Sarkisian said it’s “relatively clear” who they are going to redshirt. Said a few decisions remain and again mentioned some of the redshirts may come from non-freshman players. “There are a handful of guys in that gray area. They’re in the two-deep on special teams and we’re trying to figure out how much they will play on offense and defense.”
> Sarkisian also said they are using computer chips in helmets and other technologies from X2 Biosystems in Bellevue to track hits and other head injuries.