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April 26, 2007 at 1:00 PM

A couple quick answers

A couple answers to a couple questions:
Q: Is the spring game on TV?
A: No, it’s not on live or delayed TV. However, it will be available over the internet on GoHuskies.com live and on Monday on an on-demand basis.
Q: Is Jake Locker really ready to be this team’s quarterback? Can he fix his footwork problems between now and the Syracuse game?
A: Not sure any redshirt freshman (which is what he really is though the school calls him a sophomore right now) has ever been completely ready to lead a college football team. It’s a rare position for a QB to be in. We’re looked it up and are trying to determine if any UW quarterback has ever started the first game of his freshman season — it’s thought that Don Heinrich might have done it in 1949, but apparently hasn’t happened since.
The best comparison in my eyes may be Sonny Sixkiller, who started as a sophomore in 1970 at a time when freshmen were ineligible for varsity (so he was essentially a redshirt freshman though he did get to play some on a freshmen team).
But in terms of maturity, ability to lead and physical stature, I can’t imagine anyone being as ready as Locker appears to be.
As for his footwork and ability to improve that (and other aspects of his game) between now and Syracuse, I certainly don’t doubt that he will work as hard as is necessary to get it done.
But I also think that, like any QB, Locker will need some time before he becomes a finished product. He will inevitably struggle at times this year. The question will be whether the rest of what he brings will overcome the vagaries of youth. Long-term, I don’t think there’s any doubt. As for this year, however, we won’t really know until it arrives.
Q: Is Corey Williams really ready to make a contribution this season? Seems like we’ve heard lots of other times that he was on the way back but it’s never translated on the field.
A: I don’t disagree that me and other media types out here have written stories in past years stating that Williams is back. But this looks like the real deal. He’s put on a little weight to get above 200 while apparently not losing speed, and there is also the simple fact that he’s now a fifth-year senior and in the same offensive system for the third year in a row, giving him a confidence and comfort level he’s never had before. I think we will see a much improved Williams this season.

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