A heads-up was never given. Johri Fogerson walked into the University of Washington football locker room, a few days before last year's game against Oklahoma, and saw something odd hanging from his stall.
It was a designated white jersey, not purple.
"I go, 'Jose (Naguit), what's this? You gave me the wrong-colored jersey,'" said Fogerson, who had trained all of the 2008 fall camp with the running backs, and that carried into the season.
"He goes, 'No, baby, you're on defense.'"
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That is how former coach Tyrone Willingham introduced Forgerson, an O'Dea product, to his new position, which lasted all the way through last spring camp under new coach Steve Sarkisian.
But when Terrance Dailey left after spring, and Brandon Yakaboski was slow to recover from a knee injury, Sarkisian was short on running backs. He asked Forgerson, now a sophomore, to return to his original position.
And Forgerson has taken it and run with it, all the way to challenging Chris Polk, Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson for the No. 1 tailback spot.
"I feel like he's almost taken a breath of fresh air," Sarkisian said. "He's back on offense. He's confident. He feels good. He believes in what he's doing. And I'm happy for him. He's a real good spirit on our football team."
Forgerson led all players Tuesday in the Huskies' first fall-camp scrimmage with 155 all-purpose yards – 46 yards rushing (on five carries), 59 yards receiving (on two catches) and a 50-yard punt return.
His highlight play came in the second period when he took a short pass from backup quarterback Ronnie Fouch, juked four players along the sideline, including safety Tripper Johnson, who almost fell down, and eventually turned it into a 48-yard gain.
"We just didn't do it a lot at O'Dea. It was a hidden talent, so to speak," Fogerson said "I can play a little receiver, too."
One play later, Rouch hit Anthony Boyles on a fade pattern for a 16-yard touchdown connection.
"I love running the ball. I love pass-blocking for my quarterback. I love just playing offense, period," Forgerson said. "If I'm around the ball, I get an adrenaline rush.
"I've actually picked it up a lot faster than I thought I would. I'll continue to make progress just as fast as I can."
Other action from the scrimmage:
&bull The first-string offense and defenses faced off for two series, then took the rest of the scrimmage off – all part of Sarkisian's NFL preseason-like plan.
"For the most part, it was the chance to see our 2s (second-stringers) play quite a bit, and also a chance to see our young guys play," Sarkisian said.
Jake Locker was 4-of-8 for 54 yards. His best play was a 33-yard completion to Polk in the left flat, and eventually led the offense to the opposing 21-yard-line on its first drive before settling for Eric Guttorp's 39-yard field goal.
"I thought our first (drive) was really good, moved the ball well. I hit a couple checkdowns and we protected," Locker said. "(The) second drive, we didn't do as well – missed on a couple throws."
Both Fouch (4-of-11, 90 yards, two TDs) and third-stringer Keith Price (6-of-12, 83 yards, TD; 30 rushing yards) led their offensive units to scores.
"Ronnie threw a couple good balls for touchdowns, and finished drives, which is always good," Locker said. "Keith did a good job as well. He's really new with this offense, and trying to get familiar with it. He did a good job today moving the sticks."
&bull The day after a hard-hitting night practice, only a handful of players missed the scrimmage.
Linebacker E.J. Savannah (right shoulder), who aggravated the same ailment he had in spring. He also confirmed that the broken bone in his left hand had been "broken for a week before I got it cast up," but has not been an issue to play with.
Safeties Jason Wells (right achilles) and Victor Aiyewa (head) both sat out. Sarkisian said Wells will be out a few more days, but Aiyewa should be back for two-a-days Wednesday.
Placekicker Erik Folk (right knee) took one kickoff and sat the rest of the afternoon. A teammate ran into his knee during practice Monday.
Receiver James Johnson (shoulder) was in full uniform, but did not see action.
&bull Punters Will Mahan and Keil Rasp had a slight tailwind going with them in the first half of the scrimmage, and took advantage. Both nailed 70-yard punts to the end zone. And both were successful on positional kicks – with Mahan booting a 47-yarder to the left sideline, and Rasp hitting a 45-yarder to the right sideline. Neither of those kicks were returned.
&bull The special teams play was clean, Sarkisian said, except for a block-in-the-back penalty that wiped out Cody Bruns' 70-yard punt return for a score.
Sarkisian also called for an onside kick to start the second half, and it was recovered by Enumclaw's T.J. Poe, a walk-on linebacker. On the next play, the coverage team surrendered an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD by Quinton Richardson.
&bull Nick Scott, a senior from St. Louis, continued to man the starting right-tackle position ahead of Drew Schaefer, who was on the second-string offensive line.
"It's been a really cool experience going with the 1s, and running with Jake," Scott said. "(OL coach Dan Cozzetto) just wanted to see a new face, and gauge the chemistry with the team. I really appreciate it."
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&bull Sarkisian said the second scrimmage, set for Saturday, will be treated more like a "game-day" experience. The first units on both sides will see more repetitions.