Health a top preseason priority for Huskies

Staff writerAugust 18, 2013 

Keith Price, right, tops Washington’s quarterback hierarchy, followed by Cyler Miles (10) and Jeff Lindquist (5). The quarterbacks are working with former UW star Marques Tuiasosopo.

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SEATTLE — The trainers’ tent has been an increasingly busy place for the Washington football players as they navigate through fall camp.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ broken pinkie is the most significant injury of the camp, but several other players are trying to handle smaller dings.

Wide receiver DiAndre Campbell, who was often working with the No. 1 offense, saw a reduction in practice time this past week because of an undisclosed injury.

Running back Jesse Callier, who last year suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the opener, has spent more time on the stationary bike than in team drills.

Offensive lineman Erik Kohler still is in a walking boot after injuring his foot toward the end of the summer. At times, Kohler swings a sledgehammer into a tire off to the side of the practice field to stay in shape.

When nose tackle Danny Shelton hit quarterback Keith Price on the knee Wednesday, Price was fine, but coach Steve Sarkisian was exasperated. He had yelled at individual players during camp not to go to the ground, let alone hit the quarterback. His prime concern is making it through the first couple weeks healthy.

“We need to make sure we understand, 29 practices, we can’t go full live every day or we won’t make it,” Sarkisian said. “We won’t make it to the first ballgame.”

HUSKIES GET SOME VOTES

The Associated Press preseason college football poll came out Saturday and in many ways mirrored the USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Aug. 1.

With 17 votes, Washington was in the “others receiving votes” category. The Huskies’ opening opponent, Boise State, was ranked 19th in both polls.

Five Pacific-12 Conference teams were in the AP Top 25: No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford, No. 21 UCLA, No. 24 USC and No. 25 Oregon State. Arizona State received 53 votes and Arizona three votes.

TUI LIKES QB PROGRESS

Washington quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo is trying to help Price get back to the 2011 version of his game, when he threw for 3,063 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns.

“We’re just working on having a next-play mentality,” said Tuiasosopo, who was UW’s star quarterback from 1997-2000.

Tuiasosopo is also mentoring Cyler Miles, the clear backup to Price.

“Cyler’s had a great camp,” Tuiasosopo said. “He’s studied very hard and is holding his own out here.”

EXTRA POINTS

Washington held a scrimmage Saturday at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility in Renton. It was closed to reporters. … The Huskies on Tuesday will start installing the game plan for the Aug. 31 season opener against Boise State. … New practice restrictions for the media will be in place from here on. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practices will be open for the first 20 minutes only.

todd.dybas@ thenewstribune.com @Todd_Dybas blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports

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