This report was filed by Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald, who covered Thursday practice:
The door is open, and on Saturday, redshirt freshman Mykenna Ikehara will step through it for the Washington Huskies.
The big mid-week revelation was the headaches that junior Ryan Tolar has been suffering from was caused by a concussion. He hasn't practiced all week, and is out against 19th-ranked California.
Tolar's season-ending injury caps what has been a frustrating and underwhelming campaign for the Huskies' co-captain.
The coaching staff is high on Ikehara, and UW coach Steve Sarkisian echoed that sentiment after practice.
“It’s a great opportunity for him," Sarkisian said. "He’s a redshirt freshman. He’s come a long way in a short amount of time, and this is a great opportunity for him to go play the last game of the year to get himself ready for spring ball and next year.”
Sarkisian added the Hawaii product is "very athletic … and bright."
Sarkisian said the junior still could play.
"I just want to recognize those guys," Sarkisian said. "It’s their last practice, and they deserve it. It’s a chance for our guys, in a fun way, to acknowledge them.”
It would have been 15, but linebacker E.J. Savannah (illness) was an excused absence. He's been out with a broken left wrist.
"We'll have a team meeting on Monday, and then team banquet on Wednesday and then finals week the next week, and then be off for Christmas break and then we start school on the (Jan. 4) and (will be) back at it," the UW coach said.