Washington Huskies: Cyler Miles
2012 record: 7-6
2012 conference record: 5-4 (Fourth in North Division)
Returning starters: Offense 10; Defense 8; Kicker/punter: 2
Top returners: QB Keith Price, RB Bishop Sankey, WR Kasen Williams, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DB Sean Parker, LB John Timu, DE Josh Shirley, LB Shaq Thompson.
Key losses: CB Desmond Trufant, DB Justin Glenn, C Drew Schaefer, FB Jonathan Amosa.
2012 statistical leaders (*returners)
Rushing: Bishop Sankey* (1,439)
Passing: Keith Price* (2,726)
Receiving: Kasen Williams* (878)
Tackles: John Timu* (91)
Sacks: Josh Shirley*; Andrew Hudson* (6.5)
Interceptions: Justin Glenn, Shaq Thompson*, Marcus Peters* (3)
- Picking up the pace: We know the Huskies spent the spring installing a new up-tempo offense. How much of it was installed and how comfortable the players are running it remains to be seen. But Steve Sarkisian has made a point that his team needs to 1) do a better job keeping up with the up-tempo offenses in the league and 2) do a better job keeping teams on their heels. This philosophical switch seems to address both since the defense has been practicing against an up-tempo offense.
- Starting five: Many believe this is the best team Sarkisian has had since coming to Washington. And part of that might be that he finally has a healthy offensive line with quality depth behind the starters. The group of Micah Hatchie (LT), Dexter Charles (LG), Mike Criste (C), James Atoe (RG) and Ben Riva (RT) worked as the first-team starting five all spring. And former starters Erik Kohler and Colin Tanigawa, along with experienced backup Shane Brostek, give the Huskies quantity and quality up front.
- Progress of Price: The breakout player of 2011 and embattled starter of 2012, Keith Price, quickly shook off whispers of a quarterback competition with a strong spring that left Sarkisian feeling good about his third-year starter. He distanced himself from would-be challengers and, if he can return to that 2011 form, could have Washington in the top 25.
- After Price: It looks like Cyler Miles has established himself as No. 2 in the quarterback hierarchy, but the battle to be Price's understudy will continue into the fall with Derrick Brown and Jeff Lindquist still in the mix. The Huskies were one of only four teams in the conference last year to have the same quarterback start every game. So Price has proven his durability. But having a clear pecking order behind the starter can be equally important.
- Replacing Trufant: No easy task to replace Desmond Trufant, a staple in the Washington defensive backfield who at one point started 45 straight games. Marcus Peters is all but locked in on one side, leaving Greg Ducre and Travell Dixon battling it out on the other side. Tre Watson will also be in the mix.
- ASJ MIA: How long will Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Pac-12's top tight end, be out? Will he miss any games? He's been suspended indefinitely stemming from his DUI arrest and many are wondering if he'll miss at least the season opener against Boise State. Sarkisian pointed to the silver lining of the situation -- noting that his absence has allowed others at the position to get extensive work this spring. He also said Seferian-Jenkins is taking all of the proper steps to rejoin the team. There is little doubt he'll be the most dominant tight end in the league in 2013, and probably the country. The timetable for his return will be of great interest in the coming months.
After signing four straight top 25 recruiting classes, Washington is now expected to put a top 25 team on the field.
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- Senior Keith Price is the Huskies' starting quarterback. Unless he isn't.
- There is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the Huskies' potential in 2013. And general frustration with the program.
AP Photo/Wily LowCoach Steve Sarkisian says Keith Price is the Huskies' starting quarterback in 2013 -- unless he loses it to four players trying to oust him.
This, coach Steve Sarkisian acknowledges.
“I don’t see why we wouldn’t be in a position to compete for a division championship," he said.
Sarkisian also acknowledged the Huskies' offensive struggles in 2012. While an equal share of the blame should go to poor offensive line play, which was aggravated by injury issues, the easy guy to point the finger at is Price, whose play decidedly regressed after a strong debut season in 2011.
Price went from a darkhorse Heisman Trophy contender to eighth in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency, trailing three first-year starters and California's oft-criticized Zach Maynard. The Huskies averaged just 24 points per game, down nine from the 2011 season.
"We need to get our offensive numbers back to where they were two years ago," Sarkisian said.
And that starts with Price. Unless it doesn't.
"Keith Price is our starting quarterback -- the goal is to get Keith Price back to playing the way he was two years ago," Sarkisian said. "But there are four guys behind him who are going to be chomping at the bit to get an opportunity to make this thing into a competition that either is going to push Keith to be better than he's been or, ultimately, try to surpass him."
So this is Price's job. Unless... "As I've said to Keith," Sarkisian said, "we're not going to be stubborn enough that if we think another guy is playing better that guy won't get that opportunity to beat him out."
Those four guys trying to raise an eyebrow at Price's expense: Redshirt freshmen Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist, sophomore Derrick Brown and true freshman Troy Williams.
The bottom line meaning behind Sarkisian's statements is fairly straightforward: 1. He wants Price to win the job; 2. But he wants the Huskies to win as many games as possible in a critical season for him and the program; 3. He's going to play the guy who gives him the best chance for No. 2.
The quarterbacks will be working with a new position coach, Marques Tuiasosopo, whose name immediately evokes pleasant memories for Huskies fans. He quarterbacked the program to a No. 3 final ranking after the 2000 season, the Huskies' last Rose Bowl victory. A former dual-threat player, he's got an NFL pedigree, an easy-going style and a natural follow-me-to-the-gold! ability to lead. He also will allow Sarkisian to be more big-picture with the offense.
If the Huskies get the Price of 2011 -- or someone else who can produce a top-10 in the nation passing efficiency rating -- there are a lot of toys to play with, starting with RB Bishop Sankey, WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. A young offensive line that got pushed around in 2012 should be much better, and the (eventual) return of former starters Colin Tanigawa and Erik Kohler will provide another boost.
The dramatic improvement of the defense in Year 1 under coordinator Justin Wilcox also suggests strong reasons for optimism.
Of course, the program has been glutted with optimism the past few seasons. Seven wins were a revelation in 2010. Not so much in 2012, particularly when the Huskies blew their final two games, most notably a shocking fourth-quarter collapse against Washington State, something that Cougars fans never, ever, ever bring up these days.
Sarkisian, as is his wont, can find a silver lining even there.
"I don’t think that taste is going to go anywhere for awhile, which is OK," he said. "We lost two games that we should have won. The end result is we are sitting here talking about a 7-6 football team when we could have been here talking about a 9-4 football team. But I don’t know if that’s all bad. If we would have finished 9-4 and found a way to finish those last two games, I don’t know what January or February would have been like for us as a football team. We may have still been hungry and I would like to think so and striving for more. We might have grown a bit complacent. What I do know is there is zero complacency in our locker room right now."
That lack of complacency must start with Price. He needs to regain his mojo. The same could be said for Sarkisian.
Washington will open a remodeled Husky Stadium this fall, a facility that will immediately rank among the nation's best. That will add to the anticipation of a special season, one that Huskies fans have turned purple -- appropriately -- holding their collective breath anticipating.
Said Sarkisian of Price, "We've been through a lot together and we've got one chapter left that we want to make a great ending."
That journey begins Tuesday when the Huskies take the field for their first spring practice.
“We’re champing at the bit to get on the field and get going,” Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian believes the pieces are in place for the program to compete for a Pac-12 title. To do that, Washington needs to find success and build confidence this spring.
Here are five storylines to follow as the Huskies set out to reach the lofty expectations that have been set in front of the program:
Steven Bisig/US PresswireThe Huskies are looking forward to seeing Keith Price regain his sophomore-year form in 2013.
Heading into the spring, Price is Washington’s quarterback. Sarkisian made that clear when asked about the senior quarterback.
However, Sarkisian also made it clear that the Huskies’ passing attack needs to take a step forward, and Price needs to regain the confidence he had as a sophomore.
“The goal is to get Keith Price back to playing the way he was two years ago,” Sarkisian said.
With the way Price, and the team, struggled at times last season, both the quarterback and coaching staff tried to manufacture the energy Price produced so naturally as a sophomore.
It didn’t work.
“It’s developed through confidence, through belief to where it exudes out of him and it’s not trying to be created superficially,” Sarkisian said.
Through Price’s offseason training, Sarkisian believes the quarterback will regain his swagger in time for theseason. But the other quarterbacks in the program -- Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist, Troy Williams and Derrick Brown -- will get their opportunities.
“We’re not going to be stubborn enough to think, if another guy is playing better that guy won’t get that opportunity to beat him out,” Sarkisian said. “[Price] understands the focus of this spring and what he needs to do for himself so that he can perform to the highest level of his capabilities.”
The recruits were treated to a campus tour, a facilities tour and a chance to get better acquainted with their potential position coaches.
The event left a positive impressive with recruits, everyone from safety Bishard "Budda" Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) to running back Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace).
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SEATTLE -- When it comes to quarterbacks, Washington’s stable is stocked with blue-chip prospects.
Two-year starter Keith Price is returning for his senior season, and the Huskies added a pair of top prospects to its 2012 class in Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles.
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I wanted to see if Lavon Hooks had announced his decision. The defensive tackle out of Northeast Mississippi Community College, rated the No. 15 prospect in the ESPN Junior College 100, had Washington among his finalists.
Each time I checked for an update, his announcement had been delayed. On Thursday, news finally broke the Hooks had picked Ole Miss over his other finalists.
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SPOKANE, Wash. -- There are moments as a sports writer when a plan comes together. And, after what transpired Thursday, I’m still having a hard time soaking in everything -- both the expected and unexpected.
The day started with a morning to drive to Spokane, Wash. I planned to talk to Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) in the afternoon before watching sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park) play later that evening.
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“I thought the guys brought a real sense of energy and enthusiasm, a little bit of an edge to practice today,” Sarkisian said Monday during his weekly news conference.
Whether it was injuries or position changes, Sarkisian said the adversity has shaped the team that will take the field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
“We got dealt our fair share of things early on, obviously, from some injuries to guys moving around to some different positions, but the end result, I believe we’re better for it and excited to go play,” Sarkisian said.
Steven Bisig/US PresswireHuskies junior Jesse Callier will be the starter at running back.
With Chris Polk in the NFL, Callier gets his chance to force his way into the spotlight as a junior.
“Come from the bottom and no one is expecting you and, next thing you know, you’re on them,” Callier said.
Callier is listed at the top of the depth chart with sophomore Bishop Sankey. Both backs will get carries. Both backs will get a chance to prove they can play.
“I think we’ve got a good plan in place for both those kids to, hopefully, put them in position to do what they do to be successful,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll get a better feel for them as the game goes on.”
Sophomore captain John Timu: Only a sophomore, linebacker John Timu was named one of the Huskies' three defensive captains over the weekend.
When asked about the decision, Sarkisian praised Timu’s maturity.
“He’s a really mature guy,” Sarkisian said. “Sometimes he doesn’t show as much emotion as maybe we would all like, but that calming effect that he has, I think, is why he has been able to persevere so much in his own personal life with some of the injuries and things.
“There’s some natural leadership that comes out of him that guys really recognize. I think it speaks volumes to the maturity that he possesses.”
Injury report: No new injuries were reported Monday.
Steve Sarkisian listed Hau’oli Jamora, Deontae Cooper, Nate Fellner, James Johnson, Jamaal Kearse and Cooper Pelluer as the six players out for Saturday’s season opener.
Pelluer and Cooper are already dealing with season-ending injuries. Cooper (knee) and Jamora (knee) will have surgery on their respective injuries Thursday.
Quotable: When asked about his goals for the Huskies in 2012, quarterback Keith Price said, “We’re trying to win the Pac-12; that’s our goal. Obviously we’ve got to earn respect and we have to win games.”
- Washington released its depth chart Monday and Derrick Brown and Cyler Miles were both listed as backup quarterbacks. “I wanted them to keep battling, keep competing,” Sarkisian said.
- Walk-on Tre Watson won the starting cornerback spot opposite Desmond Trufant. “It’s hard to deny a guy who keeps making plays,” Sarkisian said.
- Erik Kohler is listed as the starting right guard. After suffering a knee injury on the first day of camp, Kohler has now worked his way back to a point where he can rejoin the first unit.
- Sarkisian said at least five freshmen will play this season -- punter Korey Durkee, safety Shaq Thompson, receiver Jaydon Mickens, receiver Kendyl Taylor and defensive end Pio Vatuvei. As far as the rest of the class, “time will tell,” Sarkisian said.
“I was like, man, I’m never going to get this,” the quarterback said.
While watching film, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian would ask the freshman to identify a defensive coverage. He was forced to admit, “I don’t know.”
An all-around talent coming out of Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, Brown felt like an athlete trying to play quarterback. Now, after a redshirt year spent buried in the Huskies’ playbook, Brown feels comfortable. When Sarkisian asks him to dissect a defense, he has an answer.
“This year, I’m more seasoned,” he said. “I feel like a real quarterback now.”
More than two weeks into fall camp, comfort has produced confidence. That belief in his ability has produced productive performances.
“Derrick, progressively, has gotten better and better and better,” Sarkisian said. “He’s throwing the ball with more conviction. The belief in what he’s seeing, what he’s reading is there and [he’s] trusting it. In turn, he’s playing more confidently.”
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound redshirt freshman fired a pass Monday that traveled about 60 yards in the air before landing in the cradled arms of receiver Cody Bruns. One day later he found freshman Kendyl Taylor on a deep route.
He has shown how far he’s come by making plays in practice.
“Things are getting better,” Brown said. “I’m feeling better. I’m feeling more comfortable with the guys. I’m feeling more comfortable with the offense. I know my stuff now.”
Brown has been getting a bulk of the snaps with the second-team offense recently, but he knows he needs to continue earning opportunities if he wants to be Keith Price’s backup.
“Nothing is really set in stone,” Brown said. “I’m not the No. 2 guy for sure. I’m just trying to come out here and work hard every day and earn that spot.”
As the Huskies prepare for their season opener against San Diego State on Sept. 1 at CenturyLink Field, Brown said consistency is key for him to take the next step in his development.
“Some days, I come out here and have a great day,” he said. “Some days, I’ll come out here and have not so good of a day. I’ve just got to be consistent each and every day. And not just each and every day, but each and every period -- whatever I’m doing, just be consistent.”
At the start of fall camp, a lot of the conversation surrounded highly-touted freshmen Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo./Mullen) and Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). That didn’t bother Brown.
“I knew they were coming in highly touted guys,” he said. “I didn’t really pay too much attention to that. I just try to do me, get better each and every day.”
While Washington wants to keep Price on the field for the full season, Brown is prepared to play if needed.
“If something were to happen, I just want to go in there, not lose a step and help my team win any way possible,” Brown said.
Until his name is called, “I’m just looking up, not looking down,” Brown said.
The Huskies wrapped up their second week of fall camp with a full-contact scrimmage that produced highlights -- a 51-yard completion from Price to freshman Jaydon Mickens -- while showing there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“We’re not ready yet,” said Price, who was 14 of 18 for 176 yards and two touchdowns. “We’ve still got a long way to go, obviously, getting lined up and getting set.”
With young players like Mickens and fellow freshman receiver Kendyl Taylor and freshman safety Shaq Thompson getting a long look, Washington is working on creating consistency.
The offense lined up on one side of the field, with the defense on the other. The coaching staff sent the players out on the field and let them make decisions.
The Huskies scrimmaged for a majority of practice, providing a chance for the coaching staff to assess where the team is and where it is headed.
“This was the first time we let them go out on the field and have to play, without a coach in their ear telling them what to do, without being able to look at a script to see what might be coming,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian said the end result was “pretty good.”
The offense spent too much time in the huddle and some of the young players on defense struggled with communication, but Sarkisian was encouraged. Any issue can be addressed and fixed.
“I didn’t see something glaring where, jeez, we’re playing the wrong guy at the wrong spot,” Sarkisian said. “It’s about being confident. It’s about doing what you’ve been prepared to do throughout camp. We’ve got to go look at this thing and then point out those errors, those mistakes that are definitely correctable.”
The practice was an opportunity to put freshmen like cornerback Brandon Beaver and receivers Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor in similar situations to the ones they will see on Saturdays.
Sometimes they succeeded -- Taylor caught a 35-yard touchdown from quarterback Keith Price. Sometimes they didn’t -- receiver Marvin Hall beat Beaver deep, catching a 45-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Cyler Miles.
Sarkisian said he sees progress from the offense and defense, a significant improvement since spring practice. But there is still plenty to improve on.
“I thought there was plenty of good things out there, but I know we can be better,” Sarkisian said.
Price provided the play of the day, hitting on a 47-yard scoring strike. Safety Sean Parker picked off Price and linebacker John Timu provided a welcome-to-college hit on running back Erich Wilson II.
But both Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox see room for improvement.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” Wilcox said. “There were way too many mistakes today. We showed some good things. There were obviously some bad things.”
When asked about Taylor and Mickens, Sarkisian said, “They’ve both had great camps. I feel like I talk about them every day. Again, they are going to have probably a handful of plays they want back from today as well, but that’s all part of putting them in the same situation and letting them play.”
• Safeties Justin Glenn and Shaq Thompson missed a second day with mild concussions, but there were no new significant injuries.
• Miles continues to make a case for securing the backup quarterback spot as a freshman, tossing a pair of touchdowns.
Junior college offensive lineman Nic Purcell, who is set to begin his second season at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, Calif., spent a second day watching Washington’s practice, getting to see the Huskies put on shoulder pads for this first time this season.
A ‘teachable moment’
Quarterback Keith Price dropped back to pass. With the pocket collapsing, he tried to make a play. He held onto the ball too long.
When the play was over, he heard about his mistake from Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. It was a “teachable moment,” a chance in camp to emphasize a point that the Huskies want to minimize sacks and reduce unnecessary hits.
Sarkisian knows that, when games start, instincts take over. It’s better to press the point early in camp.
“Keith has a unique ability to extend plays,” Sarkisian said. “We all know that. We saw it for a season last year. But he also had some plays where he tried to extend too long and put us in some tough situations.”
While he learns lessons in camp, Price joked that he endured a few hard hits that helped hammer the point home last season.
“When you get hit a couple of times, get nicked up a couple times, you start to understand that,” Price said.
“A lot of quarterbacks have that issue, just trying to make a play. Sometimes you just have to be able to burn the ball and just live to see another play.”
Sarkisian said he doesn’t want to take away linebacker Nate Fellner's “stinger.”
At the same time, though, he won’t tolerate late hits and avoidable penalties. After a late hit on Day 3, Feller heard about the mistake.
“He’s a physical player,” Sarkisian said. “We love that about him. That’s why we moved him to linebacker. But dumb penalties are dumb penalties. We have to eliminate them.”
Freshman QB Cyler Miles shows impressive poise
The third day of fall camp is always one of the most difficult for young quarterbacks.
In addition to learning the offense at an accelerated pace, they put their pads on for the first time. The intensity elevates. When the team works on its red zone offense, the field shrinks. Open passing windows close quickly. The pressure mounts.
Faced with that situation Wednesday, freshman Cyler Miles handled it well. He connected with Cody Bruns and Josh Perkins for touchdowns, making an early impression on Sarkisian.
“Cyler did some things today that were pretty impressive,” Sarkisian said. “I think he shows a great deal of composure for a young guy.”
WR Cody Bruns does it all
One of the most consistent players throughout the first three days of camp has been receiver Cody Bruns.
In addition to catching passes, he threw for a touchdown. Sarkisian joked that he could probably put the 5-foot-11, 183-pound senior on the offensive line and he would still make plays. He even went so far to compare Bruns to former Major League baseball player Steve Lyons.
“You’d look up, he’s at first,” Sarkisian said. “He’s in right field. He’d get on the mound and pitch. And that’s how Cody feels to me. He just kind of does cool stuff that, for us, is fun because we can put him in spots and trust him.”
Kicker Travis Coons shows off big leg
One of the bigger questions facing Washington coming into fall was who would step into the void filled by the graduation of kicker Erik Folk.
Junior college transfer Travis Coons made a case for the job after drilling a 53-yard field goal Wednesday.
“Travis had a great day today,” Sarkisian said.
“I feel like we’re becoming a more mature football team,” said Sarkisian, who is in his fourth year as the Huskies' head coach. “I know sometimes age is the issue and we don’t have many seniors and all of those things, but I think we have experience.
“I really feel like this is a tight-knit group, probably our closest, tightest team that we’ve had where the last four classes have come in together with the sole purpose of winning a championship and have been recruited by myself and the coaches on this staff.”
Heading into the first fall practice, Sarkisian talked about the continuity that comes when players have matured under a consistent message and philosophy. He talked about the sense of urgency that comes with a young, but experienced roster he referred to as “a focused group with a purpose and maybe a little bit of a chip on their shoulders.”
He covered everything from digital playbooks to backup quarterbacks. Here is look at some of the highlights from Sarkisian’s meeting with the media:
QB Keith Price takes next step as a leader
As good as Keith Price was in his first season as Washington’s starter, Sarkisian was curious to see how his quarterback would continue to develop.
“You can go out and have a great year, but how are you going to get better?” Sarkisian said. “What are you going to do to take the next step to get better?”
After watching Price build his body – he weighs more than 200 pounds – and continue to grow as a leader, Sarkisian continues to be impressed with the passer who threw for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011.
“Keith has a great deal of confidence,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a tremendous leader. We’ve all seen his ability, what he brings to practice, the way he practices. Keith has put in the time and I think his teammates recognize that. He just continues to get stronger and look better and better.”
When it comes to freshmen, Washington will wait and see
When asked about his expectations for highly-touted freshman safety Shaq Thompson, Sarkisian said, “He’s here. He looks in shape. He cleared his physical.”
But, as far as the impact he will have in his first year, well, that remains to be seen.
“You’ve got to give me a couple days. I don’t know exactly what we’re getting. We’re going to put him out there in different scenarios and different situations just like all of our freshmen will.”
Freshmen defensive backs Brandon Beaver, Cleveland Wallace and Darien Washington will all get opportunities but, as Washington builds depth, there isn’t as much of a need to push players onto the field before they prove they are ready.
“I think it’s getting harder for them to get on the field, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to give them the opportunity to show what they can do and if they’re the best player for the spot to make us the most successful team, then they’ll earn that job,” Sarkisian said.
Battle at backup quarterback
Keith Price is the unquestioned starting quarterback at Washington, but who will emerge as the backup?
Derrick Brown, who redshirted as a freshman, will get a “pretty extensive” look, along with true freshmen Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles.
“We’re going to give Cyler and Jeff as much as we can, especially early, to get a gauge for where they are,” Sarkisian said. “We’re going to give them as much as we can.”
Playbook goes digital
The days of the paper playbook are a thing of the past for Washington, as Sarkisian revealed the Huskies have transferred everything over to the iPad.
“We’ve gone totally digital from a playbook standpoint,” Sarkisian said. “Everything is on the iPad now, which I know the players embrace. We’re cutting down on the big notebook, but also I think it’s something they relate to."
In addition to being able to access the playbook, players can now access film and receive messages from the coaching staff.
“This is a digital world that we’re living in and I think the players probably understand the iPads better than we do,” Sarkisian said.
Expectations elevated on offense
Whether it’s sophomores Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins or running backs Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey, Sarkisian said the expectations have been elevated for some of his younger skill-position players.
“We have some players on our roster whose expectations have risen, just as our program has,” Sarkisian said. “I know the bar that we’re setting for them is higher and it’s higher from within.”
• Running back Ryan McDaniel has yet to be completely cleared as he continues to recover from an ACL injury. Cooper Pelluer also continues recover from shoulder surgery.
• Matt Lyons, a redshirt freshman linebacker, has decided to transfer.
• Dwayne Washington, a freshman receiver, is yet to be cleared by the NCAA. His case is still being reviewed by the NCAA.
• Cory Littleton, a freshman linebacker, has been cleared by the NCAA.