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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 17, 2007 at 9:28 AM

Locker, and more

First, a link to our story this morning on Jake Locker who continues to impress those around the UW program with his actions on and off the field.
Interesting to hear offensive coordinator Tim Lappano say that they are spending a lot of time sending pressure at Locker to get him prepared for what he is likely to see early next season. All the QBs have also talked about having to call their own plays during parts of practices and scrimmages in another effort to get them more game-ready.
Lappano says there is no question that the last half of last season, when Locker prepared as if he would be playing each week, has aided his progress.
“That helped, definitely, because he had no handle on the offense,” Lappano said. “He had not done because he was (running the scout team) so he didn’t reallly have a lot of snaps of understanding what we were doing, so that helped a lot to really prepare him.
“In his mind, he really thought he was going to play, and that’s the way it is with all good competitors. It forced him to learn the system.”
As for the competition on the offensive line that someone asked about, Morgan Rosborough has been operating as the starter at left guard and Casey Bulyca at right guard, with Jordan White-Frisbee behind Rosborough and Ryan Tolar backing up Bulyca. I don’t think anything is settled yet, however, and my hunch is that there will be more rotating than there was last year when Clay Walker and Stanley Daniels basically took every snap at guard.
The real revelation there right now might be White-Frisbee. He entered spring as a question mark due to his foot problems, but so far, he has shown to be healthy, a real plus for a UW O-line that needs all the depth it can get (admittedly something that could probably be said of every O-line in the history of football).
The tackles are a little more stable, however. Chad Macklin returns on the right side and Ben Ossai on the left side. Eric Berglund, the main challenger to Ossai, has been limited early in spring with a hamstring injury. Cody Habben is the listed backup to Macklin, and while coaches sound pleased with his progress, Macklin played every snap of last season and figures to hold onto that job.
We’ll have more from practice later today.

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