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Locker practices, will play on Saturday

If there were any fears or doubts that quarterback Jake Locker might not be ready to go for Saturday’s game with Oregon State, they should have been assuaged on Thursday.

Locker took the majority of snaps with the first team offense.

"I thought he moved around good today,'' Sarkisian said. "We did some things with him running and he responded well.''

And while he could be seen moving with a slight limp because of the bruised quadriceps muscle, all indications are that he will play.

"It's a significant bruise that has really affected his ability to run,'' Sarkisian said.

Would it limit Locker in the game in terms of what he can do offensively, or what Sarkisian could call for in terms of plays?

"I wouldn't think so,” Sarkisian said. “We'll obviously monitor it closely during the game

Locker apparently suffered the injury in the first quarter against Arizona State. But Sarkisian isn’t sure how or why it occurred. The staff looked at the film and didn’t see Locker take any direct hits to the thigh.

While there was some concern Locker might not play, Sarkisian said he wasn’t worried.

“I thought he would get back,” he said. “I don't think he will be 100 percent there is a pretty good sized bruise it's nice to have him and know that you've got him.''

Extra points

Wide receiver Devin Aguilar did a few individual drills, but was still running noticeably awkward from the hip injury he suffered last Thursday, causing him to miss the game against Arizona State.

Sarkisian wasn’t concerned about Aguilar missing the team periods.

“All these plays we are running he knows so it's not about getting the reps of all the entire practice but wanted to see him do some individual and he did some things there,” Sarkisian said. “We've still got time to rehab and that's what that injury takes and we'll monitor him tomorrow and again in pre-game Saturday.''

Elsehwere on the injury front, tight end Chris Izbicki was at practice after a suffering a back injury. Izbicki dressed and did a few drills but wasn’t completely active. Sarkisian believes he’ll be ready for Saturday. His return is important since UW has lost freshman tight end Michael Hartvigson for the season to shoulder surgery.  But Sarkisian said that Hartvigson qualifies for a redshirt season.

The new-look offensive line with Greg Christine at center and freshman Colin Porter starting at right guard and former center Drew Schaeffer bumped to right tackle continued to work at first team.

Will it be the starting look on Saturday?

"We'll make that decision tonight, we’ll get together and figure it out,'' Sarkisian said. "But I like that we have the ability to mix some things up and get some guys in different spots. “