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Staying healthy is Huskies' top concern right now

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By Todd Dybas
The News Tribune
SEATTLE -- The trainers' tent has been an increasingly busy place for the Washington Huskies as they navigate through fall camp.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins' broken pinkie is the most significant injury of the fall, but several others are dealing with smaller nags.
Wide receiver DiAndre Campbell, who was often working with the No. 1 offense, has seen a reduction in practice time this past week because of an undisclosed injury.
Running back Jesse Callier, who is coming off an ACL tear that ended his season in the opener last year, has spent more time on the stationary bike than in team drills.
Offensive lineman Erik Kohler is still in a walking boot after injuring his foot toward the end of the summer.
When nose tackle Danny Shelton hit starting quarterback Keith Price on the knee Wednesday -- Price was fine -- Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was exasperated. He had yelled at individual players during the course of camp not to go to the ground, let alone hit the quarterback. His prime concern is making it through the first couple weeks of camp 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."
Some votes, but not many
The Associated Press preseason poll came out Saturday and in many ways mirrored the USA Today Coaches' Poll released last week.
Washington received 17 votes, leaving it in the "others receiving votes" category. The Huskies' first opponent, Boise State, is ranked 19th in both polls.
Five Pac-12 teams were ranked 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.
Second to one
Bishop Sankey is the unquestioned No. 1 running back for the Huskies after picking up 1,439 yards last season, third-most in school history.
The question is: Who will be his backup?
Sarkisian has touted and used redshirt freshman Dwayne Washington in that role. Washington is a much different frame than Sankey. Sankey is built more like a college refrigerator at 5-foot-10 and 203 pounds. Washington is much longer at 6-1 and 220 pounds.
Washington was a wide receiver last year. He used his redshirt season to learn how to be a running back.
"Bishop is smaller and quicker," Washington said. "But we're both fast."
The Huskies are still trying to figure out what they can get from Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper, who are each coming off ACL tears. Cooper has worked with the second unit often in camp, including when Washington was out for three practices after linebacker Princeton Fuimaono whacked him last Saturday.
Tui likes QB progress
Washington quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo is trying to help Price get back to the 2011 version of his game.
As a sophomore in 2011, Price completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns. Last season, he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,728 yards and 19 TDs.
"We're just working on having a next-play mentality," Tuiasosopo said.
Tuiasosopo is also busy mentoring redshirt freshman 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 Seahawks' practice facility in Renton. The scrimmage was closed to reporters. ... The Huskies will start installing the game plan for Boise State on Tuesday. ... 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.
Story tags » Huskies Football

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