Here’s a few notes from Steve Sarkisian’s portion of today’s post spring football Pac-12 conference call. I will try and get the audio of him and other coaches posted this afternoon when the league posts it.
Perhaps the biggest news from the call was that running back Johri Fogerson will graduate from Washington this spring and transfer to another school to play his senior season. This is not a complete surprise. Rumors of Fogerson leaving were persistent all spring.
Per NCAA rules, Fogerson is allowed to transfer any school immediately if he has graduated from school. Washington will have to grant him a release and will probably require him not to go any Pac-12 schools.
On the injury front, converted H-Back Cooper Pelluer will have surgery on his persistent nagging shoulder injury and will be done for next season. Pelluer, a Skyline grad, did show hints of excelling at the position during the spring. He will redshirt this season and be ready for 2014.
Sarkisian said there were no other major injury issues coming out of spring, but did say the progress of Colin Tanigawa, Deontae Cooper, Hau’oli Jamor and Kevin Smith – all recovering from ACL surgery – are all “encouraging.”
Other notes …
Sarkisian said one of the biggest question going into fall will be the third receiver spot. He listed Kasen Williams and James Johnson as the starting wide receivers, but the spot that would have been filled normally be a healthy Smith is up for grabs. He listed Cody Bruns, Jamal Jones, Marvin Hall and DiAndre Campbell as candidates. Obviously, Bruns as a senior would have the inside track but an ankle injury slowed him this spring.
He listed Bishop Sankey, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Michael Hartvigson, Kasen Williams as players who took steps forward offensively during the spring.
On replacing Chris Polk, he listed both Sankey and Jesse Callier. “There are a lot of carries and catches to go around and we need to find the right combination.”
He complimented Tosh Lupoi on his coaching ability, which is sometimes overlooked because of his efficacy as a recruiter. “I thought he did a good job of teaching the things that needed to get taught and more importantly we began to see them on the field.”
As far as offseason conditioning goals, Sarkisian said there are no major team wide goals like in the past. Now that strength coach Ivan Lewis has had a few years in,the players have a solid base. Instead, players have certain individual goals, whether it be getting stronger in the upper body, losing some weight, gaining weight, getting faster.