Editor's note: From my good friend, Scott Johnson, of the Everett Herald, who manned practice Thursday:
Steve Sarkisian is ready for a fruitful trip to Corvallis, Ore. this weekend - not just for the road-win hungry Washington Huskies, but himself as well.
The last two trips Sarkisian made to Oregon State as the offensive coordinator at USC, the Trojans lost – 33-31 in 2006, and 27-21 last season.
"Shoot, I haven't had a lot of luck there the last couple trips," the first-year UW coach noted. "It would be nice (to get a win). It's a fun place to go play college football. It really is. The fans get into the games. Their game operations people do a really good job of utilizing the (score)board – the chainsaw on third down and they do some really cool stuff, which makes it fun and entertaining. So it’s exciting. I’m anxious to get there and go play."
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And yet, when discussion takes place about where the best venues in college football are, Reser Stadium tends to get lost – undeservedly so.
"You back to 2001, when they had the great season to go to the Fiesta Bowl. I know (USC) went there and got beat," Sarkisian said. "And I know it was a great environment that night talking to Carson Palmer.
"Probably the last 8-9 years, it's been a pretty tough place to play at least every time I've been there."
Practice Thursday was very uneventful
• Quick-hit notes: Defensive tackle Cameron Elisara (neck stinger) and linebacker E.J. Savannah (broken left wrist) were both officially ruled out by Sarkisian after practice Thursday afternoon, but free safety Jason Wells (right foot) is back, and will play against Oregon State. "That thing can heal pretty quickly, and I think he's healing fine," the coach said. … After four days of practice, the right-tackle situation between senior Ben Ossai and redshirt freshman Drew Schaefer remains unresolved. Both have shared first-team repetitions. Sarkisian said both likely will play. … Practice Thursday was without pads.