For some reason, with some players hitting the wall in late September, receiver Jermaine Kearse has taken his level of practice participation up a notch heading into the Notre Dame game.
Again, Kearse went up and grabbed passes from Jake Locker during the final practice in Seattle on Thursday with mine-not-yours bravado, stretching his 6-foot-2 frame way above the hands of any UW defensive back.
Coach Steve Sarkisian has noticed a similar effort from Kearse.
"He's going up with confidence when the ball in the air, and that's what you'd like to see," Sarkisian said. "It's grown. He obviously had a really nice ballgame versus (USC). Came back last week, had three big catches early in that game with the touchdown. The confidence is rolling."
Thursday morning practice tidbits:
"I want to see them move around at full speed," Sarkisian said. "In a perfect world, if they're not capable of playing, I don't want to play them. We'll go play with the guys we have. But if they're capable players, they're good players, good-spirited guys – guys I know who can give us a winning edge. So if they can go, we'll play them."
If Savannah can't go – and if his slow movement around the field Thursday is any indicator, he won't – sophomore Cort Dennison will make his first career start at outside linebacker.
His foot was immediately wrapped in ice, and he did not return.
When asked what Richardon's status was, Sarkisian said, "A little tweak, he'll be OK."
"I was listening to the Killers last night," he said. "It was all right."
"An opportunity for some young guys to come," Sarkisian said.
"The kickoff time there is such, it's 12:30 (p.m.) our time. It's obviously a pretty lengthy flight – a little over four hours – so it's just the advantage of flying, (and) getting there so we have a really good Friday of our walkthrough, and not feel rushed on Friday and Saturday," Sarkisian said. "Let's get rushed on Thursday and get into our routine Friday and Saturday."