Washington Tuesday: Notes

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The back and forth continues between familiar coaching staffs at USC and Washington...

  • Injury report: DT DaJohn Harris (ankle) and OL Martin Coleman (shoulder) did not practice.  S Jawanza Starling, LB Dion Bailey (concussion), LB Hayes Pullard (neck), RB George Farmer (ankle), RB Marc Tyler (shoulder), WR Marqise Lee (shoulder) and WR Robert Woods (ankle) were all limited.
  • Tyler-Prac-Injured-McG.JPGWith all the limited guys, the practice field was covered in yellow no-contact jerseys (Tyler photo by John McGillen).
  • As the gamesmanship continues, Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian puffed up Matt Barkley by saying he would take the USC QB over Stanford's Andrew Luck.  "Obviously, he's already played Andrew Luck or else he wouldn't have made that statement," Lane Kiffin said. 
  • Sarkisian also called the Trojans the most talented team in the conference.  "Well that's good," Kiffin responded.  "He lost by 50 to Stanford, so if we have more talent than them, we should be in good shape."
  • Sarkisian also backed up Nick Holt's statement about preferring to face USC's offense than Oregon's.  Matt Barkley knows a thing or too about having a quote turn into bulletin board material.  "I don't think anything should be blown up out of proportion," Barkley said.  "I'm not using it as motivation.  I know what he means."
  • Barkley agreed with Kiffin's assessment that they have missed some deep balls on offense this season.  "It's just timing with our wideouts," said Barkley.  Lee and Woods have been consistently banged up this season, so they rarely go full speed in practice. 
  • FB Ross Cumming is turning into an offensive weapon.  The converted linebacker made a one-handed left-handed catch in practice this morning after making a tackler miss at Colorado.  "I was trying to do my best Stanley [Havili] impression," said Cumming, who texted Havili after the Boulder game.  "Everyone was hyped.  Everyone was excited for me."
  • Cumming's experiment could turn into a future.  He was never an NFL prospect at linebacker, but both Kennedy Polamalu and Monte Kiffin have encouraged him to think about fullback at the next level.  "The more I grow as a player, the more it becomes an opportunity that is available to me," he said.
  • He has always been a naturally physical and tough person, but Cumming has worked hard to master the mental side of the fullback position.  "A lot of it has to do with the physical aspect and having a willingness to go in there full speed with your head low and ready for a collision," he said.  "Surprisingly, a lot of it is mental.  I'd give it 50-50."
  • The weather forecast calls for rain Friday and Saturday, so it could be a mud bowl. 
  • Here is Coach Kiffin who had some retorts for his pal Sarkisian...

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