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April 27, 2007 at 11:14 PM

What to watch Saturday

Finally, a chance to watch a little football UW today, the first time for most of you since the win over the Apple Cup.
One thing to keep in mind is that the coaches will keep the game fairly vanilla so as not to give away any secrets to opponents.
That said, here’s some people and things worth keeping an eye on today:
JAKE LOCKER’S ACCURACY: The only real chink in his armor this spring has been inconsistency with his passes, which Locker has readily admitted to and attrinbutes to footwork issues. But Locker also strikes me as the type of guy who is never better than when the bright lights are on, so I’m thinking he might look more on today than he has in some of the other scrimmages with a crowd in attendance along with all the other trappings of a real game.
J.R. HASTY: It’s also something of a re-debut, if there is such a thing, for Hasty, whom most people haven’t seen since last year’s spring game. He’s struggled at times this spring, but often hasn’t had anywhere to go running often behind the No. 2 O-line. He also had some fumbling issues earlier in the spring. He said last Saturday he wanted to put on a show in the Spring Game, so here’s his chance.
LOUIS RANKIN: In particular, to see if he can continue what coaches say has been improvement running between the tackles.
THE NO. 2 O-LINE: Still not sure on the format for the game, so it’s possible the O-line will be split up. But if not, it will be worth watching the two lines work together, particularly to see if the No. 2 line can show some improvement. There has been quite a gap between the No. 1 and No. 2 lines throughout spring.
COREY WILLIAMS: A lot of us wrote stories this week about the return to form of Corey Williams. Today’s a chance for him to show it to the fans.
D’ANDRE GOODWIN: Coach Tyrone Willingham praised his play the other day and fans will finally get a chance to see him in action as a receiver, and probably as a returner as well.
CAESAR RAYFORD: He has quietly seemed to have a pretty good spring, having made a few plays in the scrimmages I’ve watched. I talked to him the other day and he said he feels more confident than ever and is finally able to keep on some weight — he’s at about 243 now compared to about 220 a year ago. He could make a big difference for this team this year as a situational pass rusher, ala the sack to end the Apple Cup last season.
E.J. SAVANNAH: Not sure how much he will be able to go today after suffering a stinger that held him out of a scrimmage last week. But if he’s full-go, he’ll be anxious to show fans the play-making ability that has earned him the No. 1 job at strongside linebacker.
THE SECONDARY: With just eight defensive backs, the coaches will have to get creative to make it work well today. No matter what the format, these guys don’t figure to get much rest, so we’ll see what kind of stamina they have.
JARED BALLMAN: He’ll handle punting and also some kicking today. He’s been a little inconsistent throughout the spring but has seemed to pick it up a little bit as spring has progressed.



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