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While you were on vacation... Washington

The 11th of 12 quick updates on offseason Pac-12 goings on.

Washington in a sentence

  • While QB Jake Locker is gone, the Huskies feel like they have turned a corner under third-year coach Steve Sarkisian after winning four consecutive games to finish 2010 -- including a Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska -- but a number of young players will need to come through for them to exceed last season's win total.

The big issue

  • While most of the focus will be on new starting quarterback Keith Price, youth on the offensive line and at linebacker might be more worrisome.

Quick hit news

  • Starting cornerback Quinton Richardson suffered a high ankle sprain in preseason camp and is likely to miss the opener against Eastern Washington.

  • Touted redshirt freshman running back Deontae Cooper will miss a second consecutive season due to a knee injury.

  • Washington and Oregon were the only two Pac-12 programs that didn't experience any coaching staff turnover this offseason.

  • Two touted in-state recruits, receiver Kasen Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins have played well in preseason camp and might end up winning starting jobs.

  • JC transfer Antavius Sims and freshmen receiver Marvin Hall and running Kyle Lewis have yet to join the team as they still await approval of the NCAA Clearinghouse.

  • More roster attrition: fullback Zach Fogerson and defensive tackle Chris Robinson "retired" due to recurrent injuries. Fullback Kimo Makaula transferred to Idaho State.

  • Husky Stadium will begin a $250 million renovation in November that should be completed in advance of the 2013 season. Washington will play the 2011 Apple Cup against Washington State and all 2012 home games at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks stadium near downtown Seattle.