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Quick-hit notes from Sarkisian's press conference

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian met with the media Monday afternoon before the first day of fall football practice. UW beat writer Ryan Divish is working on the story, so I'm posting some quick-hit notes.

-- Redshirt freshman linebacker Matt Lyons will transfer.

-- Freshman linebacker Cory Littleton has been cleared by the NCAA and freshman defensive back Darien Washington's case is still being reviewed by the NCAA.

-- Freshman running back Ryan McDaniel has not been cleared to compete following ACL surgery.

-- Playbooks are no longer in the form of giant binders filled with paper -- players were issued iPads as playbooks.

-- Sophomore running back Deontae Cooper, redshift freshman offensive lineman Siosifa Tufunga, freshman safety Travis Feeney, redshirt freshman safety James Sample and sophomore offensive lineman Colin Tanigawa are medically cleared to practice. -- Receiver Kevin Smith will practice but will be "non-contact." Injured players will wear gold jerseys, instead of red jerseys, this season.

-- Redshirt freshman quarterback Derrick Brown and freshmen quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles will get extensive looks to see which is most prepared to handle backup duties.

-- Running backs Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey -- leaders to replace Chris Polk -- have displayed a "sense of seriousness" in the offseason. Sarkisian said one of the other will sometimes get 20 carries in a practice to see what they can handle.

-- The offensive line will be a mix-and-match for at least the next three to five days.

-- After graduating the starting kicker, punter and long snapper, those positions "have no depth chart" and are up for grabs.

-- Some defensive players will get practice time at tight end in the event the team needs an emergency tight end during games. Sarkisian didn't specify who those players are.