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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 3, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Locker learns from Manning, more

One of the things Jake Locker told a few reporters today is that he worked this summer as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy football camp run by Peyton Manning and his family. The camp is held at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.
Locker said Manning typically met each night with the counselors, many of whom were college players, to go over various aspects of playing quarterback.
Locker said one of the most interesting things Manning related was the important of watching entire football games from start to finish and not just cut-ups of individual plays organized by down-and-distance or by formation, etc.
“He said he watches full games and watches them over and over again, just looking for something different each time,” Locker said. “You can watch the cut-ups, but I agree with what he said that you can get a feel for what a defensive coordinator likes to do. After a big play, does he like to blitz, what are his tendencies. You get a feel for that watching a complete game.”
MORE NOTES
— UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said that the blocking by the Husky receivers on the perimeter “was as good as I’ve ever been around. We had some great performances.”
Lappanpo said he had challenged the receivers before the game, telling them that “it’s a chance for the receivers to pay back those defensive backs because they are going to get hit when they go across the middle, now you have a chance to go down there and put the hit on them. It’s just payback. We tried to make that a competitive thing for them and they answered the ball and blocked pretty well.”
— Lappano also spoke about the fact that the Huskies will still often line up in two back sets and run the ball conventionally. “We’re not going to run Jake into the ground,” he said. “And we’re still trying to instill an attitude of being physically tough here, and that’s how you do that is to line up in two backs. We still want to be tough and physical here and thats’w how you do that. You can’t abandon that.”
— Lappano said there weren’t a lot of deep throws (basically only one) against Syracuse because the Orange played a bend-but-don’t-break style of defense.
“They were not going to give you the deep ball,” Lappano said. “We knew that from all summer scouting them. They didn’t want to give up the big play. They wanted you to work the ball down the field and say ‘you are going to screw it up.’ And we didn’t do that. It worked out good for us because you don’t want a young quarterback making that type of low-percentage throw, anyway. That’s how you want to manage a young quarterback, so it played into our hands, really, their style.”
— Lappano added that “really, we ran about 10 plays all night. Three-four runs, a few passes. That was all we needed.”
— Lappano said there’s no question that Locker “will be more challenged this week” to make more difficult throws because Boise State likes to play man defense.

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