Dailey, Carroll no longer at UW

SEATTLE - Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian said Wednesday that running back Terrance Dailey, Washington's leading ground-gainer in 2008, as well as redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Allen Carroll, are no longer a part of the football team. Dailey, a sophomore from Vacaville, Calif., accounted for 338 yards and one touchdown last season.

"(Dailey) could not meet the academic requirements and some of the things we asked him to do," Sarkisian said after Wednesday's practice, adding that he will finish out the spring quarter and then presumably transfer out of school.

The same is true for Carroll, who came to Washington as one of the top-rated recruits for the 2008 class. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman from McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif. was the No. 27-rated guard prospect by Scout.com. But according to Sarkisian, football just wasn't in the big man's plans anymore.

"(Carroll) has decided that his passion for football is not there, so he's going to move on," Sarkisian said.

The rest of the offensive line has moved on, with the first and second teams exploring a number of different incarnations. Wednesday they had another brand-new look, with Ryan Tolar at right guard and Ben Ossai taking time at both the left guard and left tackle spots. The second team had Mark Armelin at left tackle and Senio Kelemete at right guard.

These new looks came about mostly because of depth issues, with tackle Skyler Fancher out with a broken leg and other players not 100 percent due to 'flu-like' symptoms. But offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto has made the most of these situations, as it has allowed him to coach a number of his linemen at different positions.

"I want competition," he said. "The most important thing I have to develop are players that have a full understanding of what's going on and have position flexibility. We also have to create the competition, because we don't have a lot of numbers.

His goal is to ideally get 7-8 linemen ready to play in every game this fall. "It's going to take more than five players for us to be successful and to go through a 13-game season," he said, matter-of-factly. Cozzetto is known for trying to get more than five players involved, and while he has a rough idea as to who has started to solidify their places with the first team, he's not naming any names.

"They can run," he said. "They are quick. And to do the things we're asking him to do, they are going to have to be athletic."

That wasn't always the case when Cozzetto got to Montlake. This is his second stint coaching the Huskies' offensive line - his first was back in 2003 under Keith Gilbertson. "To be associated with this coaching staff and coach Sarkisian and to have the opportunity to help get Husky football back where it should be is an opportunity I thank God for," he said.

Cozzetto may have been thanking God, but when he saw what he had to work with during the winter, he might have been throwing some prayers upstairs. Sarkisian confirmed that one of the first things the staff talked about when they got together as a group was how they needed to get faster and more athletic up front.

Combined, the offensive line transformed themselves, losing over 200 pounds in a 10-week stretch over the winter, simply by cleaning up their diet and placing an emphasis on movement drills during their winter conditioning.

"We've jumped through a lot of hoops to try and break old habits," Cozzetto said. "They've responded. They are fighting through adversity. They grew up a little bit."

One of the more interesting battles this spring along the offensive line has been at center, with Ryan Tolar and Mykenna Ikehara both sharing time with the ones.

"They are quick, they are fast, they can run," Cozzetto said of Tolar and Ikehara. "They are students of the game and it means something to them. Those guys are grading out pretty good every scrimmage. I can't say enough about how far Ryan Tolar has come. Tolar has had an excellent spring, and so has Mykenna.

"Mykenna is going to grow. I'm waiting for him to kind of get some more lead in his butt so he can anchor up a little better. He gets thrown around in the middle a little bit because he doesn't have that girth yet, but that will come."

Another youngster that has made his mark this spring has been right tackle Drew Schaefer. "Drew reminds me a lot of a kid I had at Cal - Todd Steussie," Cozzetto said. "He's not afraid of anything. He'll go against Daniel (Te'o-Nesheim) every snap and it's made him a better player. It's important to him. He's a student of the game. He comes early and stays late. That's the kind of kid I'm looking for."

While nothing is close to a finished product along the OL - Cozzetto talked about the need for a fourth tackle to emerge behind Schaefer, Cody Habben and Ben Ossai - the coaches are happy with the progress that has been made. Ossai, for instance, might play some tackle and guard during Saturday's spring game. By moving players along the line, it's giving the Huskies flexibility as well as helping them work on the things that will allow them to play as one - like communication.

"There's still so much going on that they can get tentative at times," Sarkisian said. "I'm encouraged by what we're doing. When we get our full allotment of healthy guys back and they are comfortable with our system and scheme, they'll only play better."
Notes:
Team Period goes to the offense: Again the Team Period went down to the final play, and Ronnie Fouch connected with Devin Aguilar in the corner of the northeast end zone to break the tie. When the signal came that it was a touchdown, the sophomore from Denver was mobbed by his teammates.

Logan still adjusting to safety: Alvin Logan had an interception Wednesday in only his second practice since being moved to defense. The redshirt sophomore from Aurora, Colo. played defense in high school, but admitted he's caught up in making sure he gets back in the swing of things.

"It's different," he said. "It's new. I have to learn it all over again, but it's a good feeling. I wouldn't change anything. I learned from receiver, it helps me to play DB." He added that while he was pretty sure it would be a permanent switch, he was happy with it because it's his best opportunity to see the field.

Folk still searching: Erik Folk is still looking for some consistency. It was hit-and-miss Wednesday, as he was 4-6 on field goals, with both misses coming from 46 yards.

Polk taking names: Jordan Polk continues his impressive spring campaign, scoring untouched during the team period, and then also laying a hit that looked to wobble cornerback Matt Mosley.

QB's heating up: Sarkisian had high praise for both scholarship quarterbacks on Wednesday. "They've both come a long way this last week," he said of Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch. "I'm just encouraged by the fact that there's still two practices to go and they can continue to get better."

With Locker, Sarkisian wanted to get his completion percentage up to 60 percent, and while Sark wouldn't give a percentage, he said that Jake is 'doing great'. "He's understanding where his checkdowns are, and that's the best way to get your completion percentage up." Sarkisian added that the drops from the receivers is also going down because the quarterbacks are throwing the ball with more accuracy and a little less velocity, making the passes more catchable which helps completion percentage.

Saturday can't come soon enough: Sarkisian said that the team would have a full scrimmage for the spring game. There will be no special teams, other than PAT's and FG's. How they divide the team is yet to be determined. Friday will be a clean-up and special teams day, and then Saturday is about having fun and playing the game.

The new uniforms will be on display in the open end zone, and Sarkisian cautioned not to expect anything major. "The changes are not that drastic," he said. "They are still purple and gold." He added that he did have some input as to the design.

Bringing back tradition: I spoke for a bit with Elliot Silvers, head of the Big W Club, and he mentioned a little of what's going to be going on with the former players coming back to UW for events taking place on Friday and Saturday.

Friday is going to be a reception for the former players and current coaches, and roughly 200 have RSVP'd the event. On Saturday there will be a tailgate on the south side of Husky Stadium for the players and their families. For that event, Silvers expects there to be around 450 guests.

Some of the players that have RSVP'd for the events are: Corey Dillon, Olin Kreutz, Benji Olson, Mark Bruener, Damon Huard, Lawyer Milloy, both Tuiasosopo brothers, both Pahukoa brothers, Hakim Akbar, Joe Steele, Warren Moon, Anthony Kelley, both Hoffmann brothers and Rick Redman.

Gilby and Lambo might show, as well as Jim Mora, but those are tentative.

Silvers said that he's going to be taking pictures of both events and uploading them to his twitter feed, as well as updates. You can follow him @esilvers68

The former players are going to be given sideline passes to the game (fans will have to be in the stands like normal spring games), so if they stay afterward you might be able to get autographs and pictures, but no guarantees on that.

"This program has so much rich tradition with the players that have come through here and the championships won and the accolades they've received," Sarkisian said. "It's exciting they feel the enthusiasm and they want to be a part of something so special. It means a lot to our kids and I know it means a lot to myself and our coaching staff. It's just a great opportunity to reconnect with the tradition of this program and give our kids something to look at and strive for."

Injury report: Josh Gage, Vonzell McDowell, Chris Polk were in red today. E.J. Savannah, Donald Butler, Kurt Mangum, D'Andre Goodwin and Vince Taylor were not practicing today. Everrette Thompson and Skyler Fancher were still on crutches.

Because the linebacking corps was so decimated with injuries, Mason Foster, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Brandon Huppert manned the ones today. Sarkisian said after practice that they held Butler out for some slight knee swelling, but it was not anything to be overly concerned about.

Terence Thomas' foot was out of its protective boot and he was out there working with the scout defense during the offensive install period.


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