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May 11, 2007 at 9:11 AM

Sporting News’ take on Locker

Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News this week unveiled his “College Football’s Kings of Spring” list, honoring those players who had the most impressive spring practices.
Somewhat surprisingly, the quarterback of the team is Washington’s Jake Locker, the only Husky named.
Even more surprising is the reason. Dienhart writes that Locker “displayed a rocket arm and uncanny accuracy all spring. Even better, he showed he is a leader.”
Parts one and three of that are undoubtedly true.
But the stuff about “uncanny accuracy” well, even Locker would admit that isn’t quite as on the mark. By the end of the spring, in fact, the biggest difference between Locker and backup Carl Bonnell was that the senior QB was consistently more accurate with his throws than the freshman. Locker ended spring ball by saying he knew he still had a long way to go to become the QB he knows he can be.
None of this is really to pick on Locker, who indeed showed a lot to like during the spring, most notably, his running ability, the one thing that will ultimately set him apart from everyone else (though to be fair, something that wasn’t always able to be on display this spring).
Instead, it’s simply to continue to wonder where The Sporting News — which often displays as much of a grasp on Pac-10 football as Britney Spears does on picking husbands — is getting its information.
In my estimation, the guy he should have put on there from UW — or at least on his much lenghthier honorable mention list — is receiver Marcel Reece, who was the one Husky who showed with his play this spring that he will likely be worthy of a lot of accolades this fall.
On tight ends: Someone asked about UW’s use of the tight ends this fall. I expect the Huskies to use them a lot, even if it might not have seemed like it in the spring game. The Huskies were intentionally pretty vanilla in the spring game, with Tyrone Willingham saying only about one-twelfth of the playbook was on display. So I wouldn’t read anything into what you saw that day in terms of how the gameplan will evolve this fall.
That said, by the end of spring, coaches seemed a little disappointed that none of the tight ends had really taken a huge step forward, though offensive coordinator Tim Lappano praised the work of Johnie Kirton early on before Kirton ran into a few rough days late. But with three experienced TEs returning, those guys will certainly be a major part of the playbook this fall.
On GameDay: Someone else asked if there was anything new on the GameDay rumors. I don’t think that’s something that will be decided until pretty close to, uh, gameday. ESPN usually likes to leave its options pretty option and much will likely depend on how UW opens the season whether ESPN will actually come out here. What we do know is that the network sent a crew out to assess UW for possible locations from which to televise the show, indicating interest in doing so this fall.



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