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April 10, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Answering your questions

A few good questions raised in the wake of the opening of spring practice on Monday, so I’ll do my best to answer them here:
1, One reader asked whether Jake Locker was being too hard on himself given his comments after Monday’s practice, especially compared to those of Tyrone Willingham, who seemed more than satisfied with his play.
Answer: I think Locker is definitely of the perfectionist variety, but I don’t get the sense it’s in a bad way where he gets overly down on himself (something that was at times perceived to be a problem with Isaiah Stanback, something Stanback readily admitted).
In fact, watching Monday’s practice, and then listening to Locker afterward, the player who kept coming to mind was Marques Tuiasosopo in the way Locker handled himself on the field and the way he carries himself off of it. I covered all four years of the Tui era and there’s no question Locker is the closest thing the Huskies have had in both style of play and leadership since he left. Tuiasosopo used to make similar comments after practices and games, always finding something he felt needed to be done better. That was the same sense I got listening to Locker Monday. Where Tuiasosopo was so effective was in also getting the rest of the team to follow his lead in never being satisfied. I sense Locker has that same ability.
This isn’t another rant on the closed practice policy of the last few years (which has been amended slightly to allow more access this spring), but the simple fact is that I had seen Locker perform as a Husky just twice before yesterday — once was the first practice of last season, and the other was a scrimmage late in fall camp when he was running the scout team.
To me, it was eye-opening seeing the presence he has on the field, which is one of those things that is hard to describe but is simply there. His 77-yard TD run that we all wrote about seemed so effortless and reminded me again of the way Tuiasosopo ran — not necessarily flashy, just figuring out quickly where he needed to go and how to get there.
2, Where does Locker rank on the speed scale compared to Isaiah Stanback and Carl Bonnell?
Answer: He’s not as fast as Stanback, who has legitimiate sprinter’s speed, and I really don’t know if he has been timed as faster than Bonnell, who I think is faster than often given credit for.
But being a good running QB is about so much more than sprinting fast from one point to another. Tui wasn’t a blazer, but just always seemed to know where to go. I think Locker is faster than Tuiasosopo but with the same instincts.
3, Speaking of the Tuiasosopo family, one reader wanted to know how Trenton Tuiasosopo looked.
Answer: Trenton Tuiasosopo is running as the No. 2 middle linebacker behind Donald Butler and I would think is in position to play quite a bit this season. He seemed quite active Monday running the huddle when he was on the field. It’s hard to recall any single play he made since there was no pads or contact, but I thought he looked just fine.
4, What’s the eligibility of Jordan Murchison?
Answer: This has come up a few times as I think it was generally assumed that he redshirted last season since he didn’t play. But according to the UW sports information department, Murchison came to UW with just two years to play two seasons, meaning he didn’t have a redshirt year available to him last year. So he is a fifth-year senior.
We’ll have more from practice today, but today’s practice is not one of the ones that is open so we won’t have quite as much detail.



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