Steve Sarkisian said Austin Seferian-Jenkins has not yet been medically cleared to play Saturday.
Seferian-Jenkins was limited at Monday morning’s practice, Sarkisian said. When pressed in a follow-up is Seferian-Jenkins would play Saturday should he be medically cleared, Sarkisian brushed off the reporter’s question.
On to the quick hits:
> Lots of talk about Washington moving to and defending the up-tempo offense. Not much new there. Sarkisian again explained he thought this was the style that best suited his personnel, just like he thought the style that best suited Jake Locker included zone-read work, etc.
> Sarkisian said they swapped Micah Hatchie back to left tackle and Ben Riva to right because he thought Hatchie was more comfortable on the left after a year there. They gave Riva a chance at left tackle during the first couple weeks of camp in order to see how he handled it. Sarkisian said if something happened to Hatchie, the would be comfortable moving Riva over there.
> Sarkisian said the team has done a good job of focusing on football despite all the hoopla around the stadium opening and name opponent.
> Washington talked to several schools about playing in this opener before settling on Boise State. Sarkisian said proximity and recent success were factors in picking Boise State.
> Sarkisian said Washington will not do anything ceremonial during the game for Deontae Cooper. “Those moments come naturally,” Sarkisian said. Some had suggested giving him the first carry.
> Though Evan Hudson has been flipped from tight end to defensive end, Sarkisian said he will still be involved in some offensive packages. Hudson will likely show up during goal-line situations and jumbo sets.
> Sarkisian said he expects Trevor Walker, John Ross, Damore’ea Stringfellow, Darrell Daniels, JoJo Mathis and Kevin King will be among the true freshmen expected to play this fall.
> Asked who was most responsible for receiving distribution — Washington had six players with at least 28 catches in 2011 and three in 2012 — Sarkisian said him and the quarterback. Each anticipates relying on Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams again this year, but also moving the ball around more.
> Linebacker John Timu said the difference between week one and three of camp when it comes to keeping up with the up-tempo is drastic. Timu said the defense has reached a point where it’s in shape enough that it is less worrying about physical ability and has moved to having time to identify things.
> Sarkisian said he’s thrilled with the health of the team. Three players have broken bones: Seferian-Jenkins, OL Erik Kohler (foot) and CB Patrick Enewally (hand).
> Sarkisian also said he thinks this offensive line is as good as he’s had since he’s been here.