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September 10, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Jake Locker’s thoughts

If he wasn’t already, Washington QB Jake Locker is beginning to become a pretty big deal.
How big?
He’s now essentially holding his own press conference every Monday, something I haven’t seen at UW since the days of Napolean Kaufman in 1994 when the Huskies were pumping him for the Hesiman Trophy.
Instead of just being available at the Monday luncheon for us to talk with, he is now sitting at the podium and talking to everyone as a group as does coach Tyrone Willingham.
Much of what he said today is stuff a lot of you have heard before as there were several national and Ohio area reporters who had called in and wanted to ask questions about why he decided to go to UW, etc.
So expect to see a few stories on Locker in New York and Ohio area newspapers in the coming days.
One thing I did find interesting was Locker’s comment that he didn’t really follow the Huskies growing up.
“Husky football was never really a huge thing in my house,” he said. “We never really had one team that we rooted for. It wasn’t a huge deal when I was growing up.”
Asked why he did go to UW he mentioned the coaching staff and being close to home.
He was asked again about sitting out last season and he said “that year was really big for me. I was able to really get comfortable with the game speed being on the sideline every game and get comfortable with the travel routine. I was fortunate to be able to travel with the team every week. I learned a lot of things, but really helped me adjust to the game coming from high school to college. At the time it was hard, but looking back it was the best thing for me.”
Asked what beating Ohio State would mean for UW he said “I think there’s a lot of excitement around the program right now and it would just kind of continue that.”
Asked to assess his play Saturday, he said: “I tried to make too many plays on Saturday and forced the ball into some spots that it didn’t fit. That’s something coach kind of told me to avoid through all of camp and last year, so those are things I need to take care of and just tuck it down and get what I can get at that point.”
Asked how he handles rough outings he said his father once told him “you just need to move on and go out and do as well as you can the next time. Once it happens, it happens and all you can do is go out and do your best.”
In a funny moment, Locker said he has been playing UW’s season on the new NCAA 2008 video game and that the Huskies are undefeated so far. He didn’t say how many games he has played but said he had played through the Ohio State game and that “I don’t remember the score but we won.”
Asked about Ohio State, he said “we have respect for them but we are not going to fear them. We will put a game plan in place that gives us a chance to win and just execute it to the best of our ability.”

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