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January 11, 2007 at 5:55 PM

Jake Locker Q-and-A

OK, here it is, the question-and-answer session with Jake Locker from the other day. Hopefully I was able to get yours answered. We’ll try to do this again with other players from time to time, as well.
As the answers below will indicate, Locker is excited about where things are headed, and the fact that he is now able to play. As our story in the post below detailed, he could be the number one QB heading into the spring with Carl Bonnell recovering from shoulder surgery that found more damage than anticipated.
What is the team doing now that it’s the offseason?
Locker: We work out and lift Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then we have speed school on Monday and Thursday, and then in February mat drills will start in the mornings.
Question: What is speed school and have you ever done something like that before?
Locker: Speed school is doing plyometrics and working on the 40-yard dash and agility, stuff like that. That’s all a little bit new to me. I did some track stuff with the coaches in high school but that was about it.
Do you watch film as well, and if you do, what do you watch?
Locker: Yes, as often as I can make it in (to offensive coordinator Tim Lappano’s office). I watch cutups with coach Lappano, usually stuff from last year’s games.
And you’ve started doing seven-on-seven drills with the receivers?
Locker: This was our first day of throwing today (Wednesday) and it went pretty good. The majority (of the receivers) were there.
What is the mood of the players like?
Locker: I think everyone is really excited about next season. We played some pretty good games against some pretty good teams last year. Unfortunately at times, we didn’t come out on top. But the guys kind of saw the potential that we have and they are excited about reaching that potential next year.
What are your thoughts on how last season turned out for you in terms of redshirting?
Locker: Looking back on it, it was nice to be able to have a year and be able to watch and learn. I did learn a lot about the speed of the game. You get a pretty good feel for what the game is like from the sideline and I think it prepared me for how it will feel when I get in there.
Did last year help you a lot with learning the playbook and learning how to read defenses and audibilize as well?
Locker: I kind of just started with all of that last year and I think I made pretty good progress. It was all new to me and I was learning a lot really fast. Now it’s a matter of becoming really comfortable with it and the only way that will come is through repetitions. That will come through spring ball and the seven-on-seven stuff we are doing now.
Do you think the offense will change much from last year?
Locker: I don’t think it will change too much. It will be pretty similar to what we were running last year.
Did you watch Florida beat Ohio State in the BCS title game? What Florida does seems pretty similar in some ways to what you guys do and maybe could help you guys against Ohio State next season.
Locker: I watched it. They were in the spread offense and were able to throw crossing patterns against them and bubble screens and get out on the perimeter. They are obviously a very fast team. We have some guys who can get on the edge, too, so I imagine the coaches will study that game closely and get what they can get from it.
What passes are you working most right now?
Locker: Kind of like the deep outs and the skinny posts. Those are a bit different — you’ve got to throw it pretty accurate. And the timing stuff. We’re working on that now with some of the guys every chance we get. The timing stuff is the stuff we are really focusing on right now.
How has the adjustment been for you from Ferndale High to the University of Washington off the field?
Locker: At first it was definitely different. It’s a lot more fast-paced down here, it’s a different culture down here, and even though it’s only about an hour and a half away, it’s a big adjustment to me. But I’m getting used to it. It’s a good experience for me meeting people from all over and I think the school part hasn’t been too big a difference. I’m doing all right — the first quarter was not too tough for me. But I’m still trying to adapt to the lifestyle down here.
Any idea what you might major in?
Locker: I’m trying to get into the business school right now so I have to keep my grades up. I want to get into business management.
How are you handling all of the expectations everyone around UW and in Seattle has for you?
Locker: I try to ignore that kind of stuff as much as possible. I have goals and expectations for myself and I set my goals pretty high so I’m trying to live up to what I’m trying to achieve. If I do that, I’ll be satisfied. I’m going to do my best and do everything I can to fulfill my own goals and my own expectations. That’s what I’m focused on right now and I try not to let that other stuff get in the way.



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