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October 30, 2006 at 5:14 PM

More on Locker, etc.

I finished listening to the tape of the news conference today and I think Tyrone Willingham’s comments on Jake Locker are simply to give him an out just in case he decided for some reason to play Locker — namely, both Carl Bonnell and Johnny DuRocher go down with a serious injury but a bowl game is still within reach.
Asked about such a scenario, Willingham said he would “consider those possibilities” and left open that Locker could play in just the Apple Cup if it was “the best for the team and the individual” — which is his stock response to almost any question about Locker.
But he also made it clear he would like to save Locker’s redshirt year and spoke to the advantages of it. He also said again that while Locker has played well the last two weeks “there is so much he has to learn.” So assume a redshirt barring catastrophic injuries that would leave UW with nobody else to play QB.
Here are a few other notes:
— After all the talk of the first-down predictability last week, I charted this week’s plays and the results were similar. UW had 26 first downs against ASU and passed on 10 of them. Rankin got the ball on 12 with the others being runs by Carl Bonnell (one of which was a pass play that turned into a scramble) and the reverse by Marlon Wood. Against Cal, UW ran on 19 of 28 first-down plays.
— Willingham said the Huskies will sign 21-24 players this year, which is about the amount they would like to sign in any year. He said doing that would put them right at the 85-player scholarship limit so he sees no problems getting the team right back to the proper number of players.
— Talked to Carl Bonnell for a while and he says he feels fine. Said he wanted to go back in the game but was held out for precautionary reasons mostly. Said the shoulder wasn’t really an issue and should be even better this week.
— As a point of clarification, the No. 17 who held for the last few kicks after Bonnell was hurt was punter Sean Douglas and not Felix Sweetman, as I think was announced in a few places.

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