Sept. 8, 2010
By Gregg Bell
UW Director of Writer
Sarkisian announced after Wednesday's practice that junior walk-on Kiel Rasp will take over the punting beginning Saturday in the home opener against Syracuse.
"Will's got a torn ACL and a torn MCL," Sarkisian said, adding Mahan will have surgery in the next week or two if the swelling in his left knee subsides.
The second-year coach said Washington is already beginning the process to apply to the NCAA for an extra, medical-redshirt season for Mahan, who came to the UW from Bakersfield, Calif., High School and Bakersfield Community College.
"The kid deserves it," Sarkisian said.
Mahan had his left, plant leg rolled into by a teammate during special-teams drills in Tuesday's practice.
"It's unfortunate. It's a routine drill, one that we do every day," Sarkisian said. "It was actually the last punt of the day for him. Kind of a freak accident. It's unfortunate for him."
Mahan punted six times for a gross average of 45.2 yards per punt last weekend at Brigham Young. One of his punts soared 64 yards.
Last season, he averaged 40.6 yards per boot in his first season punting for the Huskies.
Rasp was with the team as a backup in 2008 and again last season, then left the team to concentrate on his academics. He returned in mid-August during preseason camp.
"He's got a great leg. And he's been terrific in all of training camp," Sarkisian said. "The key is him getting in the game, catching the ball and punting it, which he hasn't ever had to do. ... He's given us all the confidence he can do that. If he didn't think so, we'd have someone else doing it."