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Tuesday night practice notes and Steve Sarkisian video: Erik Kohler sees some work at center

Well, practice was pretty uneventful. The Huskies were in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets.

Perhaps the biggest news is that offensive linemen Erik Kohler not only suited up for practice, but suited up and participated in 11-on-11 drills, something he didn't do on Monday.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian was quite pleased, saying Kohler practiced fully in the morning session and evening session.

It was mildly interesting to see Kohler get reps at center, giving Drew Schaefer a few series off. Coming into the fall camp, before Kohler got hurt on the first day, the plan was to give him some work at center, while Schaefer some time at left tackle. That plan lasted about a half of practice as Kohler went down with a dislocated knee cap immediately.

Right now, the first-team line was LT Micah Hatchie, LG Colin Tanigawa, C Drew Schaefer, RG James Atoe, RT Ben Riva.So how will they work Kohler back in? Do they put Schaefer out at tackle some? Does he replace James Atoe at right guard? Or Ben Riva at right tackle?

"The reality of it is, I don't know if we are going to be in total shape with those guys, with Tanigawa, with Atoe, with Dexter (Charles), with Kohler to play just five guys,'' Sarkisian said. "I think we have to prepare ourselves early in the season to play more, to play seven to potentially eight guys. And that's what we have been working on here since Colin came back and Erik today. We are preparing ourselves for that. You saw a bunch of the team period we took Drew out and put Erik at center, so we are just preparing ourselves for the things that come up. I feel like our offensive line has had a nice training camp to this point and now with more healthy bodies, the expectations should only become better. We should perform only better with the lack of fatigue. ... we're working him at center for those very reasons that we can really slot him in anywhere.''

Also back practicing full and moving surprisingly well was linebacker Thomas Tutogi, who showed little if any effects from an earlier knee sprain. He was back working with the No. 2 defense in 11 on 11 drills and moving well. Tutogi also participated in both practices.  While we talk about Tutogi in terms of defense, he's also a key player on special teams - remember the blocked punt in the Apple Cup?

Elsewhere ...

LB Travis Feeney was back in full gear and practicing. He had to wear the yellow n0-contact jersey, but he was still back working with the No. 1 defense, replacing Evan Zeger.  The Huskies still stayed in that modified nickel package with Shaq Thompson playing the hybrid- nickel back.

K Travis Coons (tired leg) did not do any kicking in practice. Korey Durkee got plenty of punting work and had a bunch of booming punts.

Jesse Callier said he still wants to return kicks, but said Shaq Thompson was ahead of him on the depth chart.