About 60 or so opportunities exist for group media interviews with Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian per year.
And you never really know what you're going to get.
Most days, Sarkisian is all business – informative and in-depth with his answers. On occasion, he'll throw in a wisecrack.
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On rare instance, he's curt (not angrily, but more his mind wanders elsewhere, like to film review) – more intent on glancing at the nearest practice exit.
And some days – like Saturday – he is all of that mixed into one, big, fat five-minute session.
The plot: On one of the plays during team period, third-string quarterback Nick Montana's pass was batted down in the right flat – by a mysterious defensive end wearing No. 87.
"No. 87" looked tall (6-foot-5) with some hops. Flanked by basketball's Clarence Trent on the other side, and suddenly the UW's No. 2 defense had some serious bounce to it.
So when the topic of the unidentified No. 87 came up to Sarkisian after practice, he ran with it.
"He got up on that tipped ball," the UW coach said. "It was a nice play."
The newcomer's name?
"We're going to keep his name under wraps until you guys figure it out," Sarkisian said. "I don't want BYU (season-opening opponent) to know who he is."
A few seconds went by. I then asked the coach is he was seriously not going to at least whisper the player's name.
"No. You guys have to do some work," said Sarkisian, obviously enjoying the moment as any coach would. "I can't give you everything."
So I went to his position coach, Johnny Nansen (a former Coug, just like me), and asked him to end our misery.
Nansen gave a blank stare, then admitted he didn't know. The new addition arrived from a walk-on tryout Tuesday after the opening spring practice.
Finally, defensive tackle Cameron Elisara saved the day. And he would know who Pete Follmer is – the two of them are throwers on the Huskies track team.
And Jake Locker? "Pete," the quarterback said, when asked if he knew. "Strong as hell."
Turns out Follmer is a local. He went to Kentridge High School, and has been a discus thrower at the UW. Last season, he threw 165 feet, 7 inches, and finished 17th at the Pacific-10 Conference championships.
Also, the Huskies had one more walk-on Saturday in receiver Din Kuses (No. 81), who is from Edmonds-Woodway.
More stuff Saturday from the Dempsey Center:
• Receiver Jordan Polk (right hamstring) went down on a deep pass in the middle of the field, and needed assistance to get up. He suffered a pulled hamstring, and should be day-to-day.
D'Andre Goodwin (hamstring), the lone senior in the receiving corps, missed practice Saturday.
And after practicing Tuesday and Thursday, free safety Justin Glenn (knee) took Saturday off.
"Just like we've been since day one, we're not trying to push guys too fast," Sarkisian said. "We need them at the end, not right now. I need them when the season rolls around."
Sarkisian also sounded less optimistic that running back Brandon Yakaboski (knee), who hasn't played since the 2008 season, will ever return to the program.
• Sophomore-to-be Adam Long, who started the final six games at cornerback opposite Desmond Trufant last season, is currently operating with the second-string secondary.
This happens pretty frequently in spring camp when coaches want to get some of the less-established talent looks with a better cast. But in Long's case, this doesn't appear to be the situation.
"We assessed everything, and put together a body of work of everything guys were putting together," Sarkisian said. "That's just where he is right now."
• A week has gone by, and offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto is using the same starting group – left tackle Senio Kelemete, left guard Ryan Tolar, center Drew Schaefer, right guard Mykenna Ikehara and right tackle Skyler Fancher.
Cozzetto talked about how he and the staff came to the decisions they did in making personnel changes, especially moving Schaefer from offensive tackle to center, replacing Tolar.
"Just (by) doing some research on the guys. I've only been here a year, and (I went) back to positions that they've played," Cozzetto said. "Ryan Tolar seems a heck lot more comfortable at guard. And Drew was a center.
"He has good snaps, and he's got a mindset that's under control, but he is still a tough guy playing on the edges. He got a year under his belt, so he's got that veteran status now."
Fancher has been out of football more than a year with a foot injury, but has practiced in all three sessions.
"I think Skyler is playing through the mental part of it right now, because he's been through so much trauma with that foot – 'Is it going to hold up?'" Cozzetto said. "He's answering a lot of questions each practice, moving a little bit. It's a matter of his confidence level, because he hasn't played football in a while."
NOTES: Sarkisian had a special – and somewhat unexpected – guest at practice Saturday in former Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart, who only stayed around for the early part of it. "I think he's dating somebody in town, so he was in town for the weekend," Sarkisian said. Leinart has worked out with Montana in California. … Former UW quarterback Johnny DuRocher will take off next week for Central Washington's spring camp to coach tight ends. … Approximately 350 spectators filed into the indoor facility to watch practice Saturday.