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October 17, 2006 at 2:18 PM

Locker ready for anything

Jake Locker was the star attraction for the media here today, but as he said to reporters “I don’t know anymore about what’s going to happen than you guys do.”
With Isaiah Stanback out, the Huskies are considering all options at quarterback this week. But UW coaches made it clear today that Carl Bonnell will start Saturday. Then, in the words of offensive coordinator Tim Lappano “we’ll see how it goes from there.”
Bonnell will get most of the reps in practice this week but Johnny DuRocher and Locker will also get reps working with the starting unit — Locker and DuRocher have been working primarily with the scout team to date with Stanback and Bonnell taking the starter’s reps.
Locker said he is open to whatever coaches decide to do with him. He said he is fine with playing this year if that’s what they want him to do, and is also fine with not playing, saying “I trust in the coaches to make the right decision.”
Lappano said Locker knows the offense well enough to play right now, and said he has looked good on the scout team. But he said coaches will evaluate practice this week to see how ready Locker is to work with the starting unit. Lappano said that realistically, any decision on Locker has to be made in the next week or two.
Coaches and players interviewed here today all expressed faith in Bonnell. Lappano said that Bonnell can throw the deep ball, threw the ball well consistently during camp, and has good enough legs to make the offense work.
The biggest change, he said, is that the offense will be pared down a bit — he said from about 250 plays for a game to about 200 — due to Bonnell’s inexperience.
Lappano said there are more issues this week than just the quarterback, however. He said the Huskies were “sloppy fundamentally, every position, everywhere,” during the loss against Oregon State.
“We broke down a little technique wise everywhere on offense,” Lappano said.

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