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Wrapping up Steve Sarkisian's pre-spring football press conference will video and full audio


The bullet points from Todd Milles ...

Some of the tidbits:

* Those expected to miss the four weeks of spring ball with injuries include RB Deontae Cooper (knee), DE Hau’oli Jamora (knee), OG Colin Porter (both shoulders), WR Kevin Smith (knee), DT Semisi Tokolahi (foot), OG Colin Tanigawa (knee).

S Travis Feeney (shoulder) and S James Sample (shoulder) will be involved in a non-contact capacity, and wear the red jerseys. Also expected to be limited are OG Erik Kohler (nagging injuries) and LB Cooper Pelluer (shoulder), who will get an extended look at fullback and H-back.

Sarkisian said one of the reasons spring camp was delayed a week was to “maximized … rehab” for the hobbled players.

* With Porter, Kohler and Tanigawa hurt, the Huskies’ offensive line is as big a spring-camp concern as any. Sarkisian said four new linemen will be part of the first-string line Monday.

Sarkisian announced his starting offensive line as – LT Micah Hatchie, LG Dexter Charles, C Drew Schaefer, RG James Atoe and RT Ben Riva.

* There has been an offseason concentration for QB Keith Price, after hobbling through the second half of 2011, to do lower-body strengthening drills. He has also been more committed to his rehabilitation, Sarkisian said.

Price will see his share of spring-camp repetitions, but with only two quarterbacks on scholarships, backup Derrick Brown will likely get “more reps than Keith,” Sarkisian said.

* Sarkisian singled out TE Michael Hartvigson as one of the offseason workout standouts – so much, it might influence a shift in offensive philosophy to more two-tight end sets with Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Also mentioned were CB Gregory Ducre and Marcus Peters; DE Jarett Fianu and Josh Shirley; and LB John Timu.

* No rest expected for the weary. Seferian-Jenkins, who is coming off the conclusion of the basketball season at the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday in New York, was back on his early-morning runs with football teammates Friday.

He is expected to be a full participant for spring ball.

* As far as what happens now that RB Chris Polk has declared for the NFL Draft, Sarkisian said he is “not opposed” to going back to a tailback-by-committee – like he did in his days as the offensive coordinator at Southern California.

Expects the snaps this spring to be divided up among RB Jesse Callier, Bishop Sankey and Antavius Sims, who switches from quarterback.

* The status of running back Johri Fogerson is still up in the air. He won’t be involved in any spring-camp stuff. Sarkisian said he might earn his degree this spring and move on. “A big decision to be made ahead,” Sarkisian said.

* Tim Tucker, who came in as a linebacker before switching to fullback midway through last season, was dismissed from the team because of violation of team rules.