The one thing new Washington Huskies football coach Steve Sarkisian has iterated over and over from the get-go since his hiring in December – by his words, by bringing old traditions and former players back for practices – is a return to the program's heyday roots.
That will continue Saturday when the new – er, old – uniforms will be unveiled before kickoff of the Spring Game.
When asked after practice Wednesday to shed some light on the new look, Sarkisian displayed a lip-zipped grin, opting to keep the suspense until the actual revelation.
"They're not that drastic," said Sarkisian, noting the players would have likely worn them for the final scrimmage, but that Nike couldn't turn them around in time. "We're still purple and gold."
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The rumor floating around practice was that the uniform will look almost identical to the one of the 1991 national-championship team.
If you don't remember – most Husky fans do – it was the purple uniform with the white numbers and no gold trim. Also, the sleeves incorporated two white stripes on the side.
The pants were gold with a huge white stripe flanked by two smaller purple stripes.
(Note: Many have thought the colors of the recent uniforms have diverted from the school colors – to grape and tan. Not anymore. The new ones are expected to be noticeably purple and gold).
The 2009 uniform will be showcased on mannequins under a tent on the track at Husky Stadium, just off the east end zone. Replicas will not be available to purchase at the game, but order forms will be available on site.
&bull The list of sidelined players, hobbled by injuries, was plentiful Wednesday. It included linebackers Donald Butler (knee), E.J. Savannah (shoulder), Cort Dennison (hand) and Kurt Mangum (knee); receiver D'Andre Goodwin (hamstring) and safety Jason Wells.
Butler was the surprise addition with swelling in his knee, thought it's not considered serious.
Defensive tackle Tyrone Duncan tried to battle through a leg injury, but was very limited. And cornerback Quinton Richardson, who participated in the first part of practice, came off the field looking dizzy, and sat the rest of the session. Richardson had his bell rung on the final play of practice Monday.
And the team's best talker – walk-on linebacker Fred Wiggs, the younger brother of former UW defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs (1995-97) – also was limping around midway through the workouts.
&bull Second practice this week, second showing by Alvin Logan at free safety.
And the 6-foot-2 product from Aurora, Colo. played the part well, going up high and picking off a Ronnie Fouch pass during the team's red-zone drills.
"It's pretty fun, as of now," Logan said.
&bull It continues to be a mixed bag for placekicker Erik Folk, who was 4-for-6 in practice Wednesday. All his made attempts were from under 40 yards, but he missed from 46 and 47 yards out, both wide left.
&bull Of the five touchdowns scored during the last half-hour of scrimmage, two went to receiver Jordan Polk, who caught six passes from both quarterbacks. Polk's TDs were from 20 and 30 yards, both on passes in the flat that he outraced the secondary on.
And these scrimmages seem to be deadlocked right to the last play. On Wednesday, Fouch completed a 10-yard heave to Devin Aguilar in the left corner of the end zone on the fade route. The play sent the offensive players into a cheering frenzy, and practiced closed shortly thereafter.
&bull Sarkisian announced two players – offensive lineman Allen Carroll and running back Terrance Dailey – would be leaving the team, but will be allowed to finish out the quarter. Carroll told the coach he just didn't want to play football anymore, and Dailey – last season's leading rusher with 338 yards – was an academics casualty.
All the incoming junior-college players are expected to be eligible, Sarkisian said.