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Wednesday in Hawkville: Youth will be served Thursday night

Posted Aug 7, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 7, when the Seahawks held the 12th practice of their training camp presented by Bing before the team flew to San Diego for Thursday night’s preseason opener.

WORD OF THE DAY: YOUTH

YOU DON'T SAY

"That’s where my dad played at one point, so just to go back there and think about those memories and stuff … I’m exciting about it.” – Wilson, whose father, the late Harrison Wilson, was a receiver with the Chargers during the summer of 1980"

QB Russell Wilson, whose father, the late Harrison Wilson, was a receiver with the Chargers during the summer of 1980

Plays of the day? Not from this morning’s helmet-less session that was part practice, part walkthrough as a final prep for Thursday night’s opener.

Instead, coach Pete Carroll is expecting to take long, hard looks at the young players who are battling for playing time and roster spots.

“It’s huge for these guys,” Carroll said. “We have evaluated them in practice. Now it comes to game time and things change some times. We have to get to the truth. Who are these guys? And what are they all about? And where do they fit in? And how can we utilize their talents?

“We’re very excited about the young guys and think there’s a lot of brightness here in these guys and they could add to our football team. But we’ve got to go see what happens when we play under the lights."

Most of the starters will start against the Chargers and that’s it. But most of the game will be turned over to those younger players.

“More than anything, we do want to see our young guys,” Carroll said. “They’ll play the bulk of the game; they’ll get a chance to finish the game. And we’ll see how they do under the strain of that. I think it’s pretty logical that that’s important to us.”

INJURY REPORT: MAX UNGER GAME DAY DECISION

All-Pro center Max Unger sat out again today to rest a sore groin and Carroll said his status for the opener will be a game day decision. With Unger out, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked at center with the No. 1 line.

Also sitting out: offensive lineman James Carpenter (foot), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), tight end Darren Fells (hamstring), defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin), wide receiver Bryan Walters (undisclosed), running back Robert Turbin (foot), offensive lineman Mike Person (calf), defensive lineman Tony McDaniel (undisclosed) and wide receiver Early Doucet (soreness).

Defensive end Cliff Avril got some reps, while Turbin and tight end Zach Miller did some running on a side field during practice.

Running back Christine Michael was back after missing a few days. Michael, fellow draft choice Spencer Ware and Derrick Coleman will get most of the carries with Marshawn Lynch expected to be limited and Turbin sidelined. Carroll said Michael also will be used to return kickoffs.

“If we think they need rest, we’re resting them,” Carroll said. “If we think they need a break, we’re going to break them. It’s just so early that we can do that.”

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: JERMAINE KEARSE

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks went unbeaten in the preseason last summer for the second time in franchise history. Here are the team’s best preseason records:

Year      W-L   Reg. season

2012      4-0        11-5

2009      4-0        5-11

1984      4-1        12-4

1990      4-1        9-7

1998      4-1        8-8

Note: The Seahawks advanced to the postseason in 2012 and 1984.

This will be the fourth time the Seahawks have opened their preseason against the Chargers in San Diego, and they’re 3-0 in the previous games – winning 24-16 in 2007, 20-14 in 2009 and 24-17 in 2011.

This won’t be the first trip to Southern California for quarterback Russell Wilson and many of the Seahawks receivers this year. Wilson organized a passing camp in the Los Angeles area during the offseason, and he’s still seeing the benefits from it.

Asked about the impressive progress of second-year wide-out Jermaine Kearse in training camp, Wilson said, “You think about all those receivers, we went down to California together and Jermaine was one of those guys that stood out. Kearse looked unbelievable down there and he has been unbelievable since we have been training here in Seattle.

“We spent all offseason together. He’s just got great hands. He’s got great hips, in terms of moving and adjusting to the football. He’s got a lot of ability. I’m really excited to see where he goes this year. He can do it all.”

UP NEXT: PRESEASON OPENER

The Seahawks will open their 38th preseason on Thursday night, with kickoff set for 7 and live coverage on KCPQ/13 and also 710 ESPN Radio and 97.3 FM.

The players will be off Friday before returning to practice on Sunday morning.

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