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September 30, 2007 at 9:22 PM

More on Locker

Noticed a lot of discussion here today and tonight about Jake Locker.
I’ve included some of this in stories both in Sunday’s and Monday’s papers but I’ll also throw in some of this here.
UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said a goal during the bye week will be to work on Locker’s accuracy. He again had some big throws sail on him, including one to a wide-open Corey Williams in the end zone when he had scrambled, which helped draw the cornerback away from Williams.
“We’ve got to try to settle him down a little bit and get the ball down,” Lappano said.
Lappano said he thinks Locker gets a little too amped up at times.
Speaking of the Williams play, he said “that’s adrenaline. He broke out of there and saw the receiver in the end zone and he’s got to take a little bit off.”
Lappano said lots of quarterbacks with strong arms have encountered similar problems of having to become passers instead of just throwers.
Locker agrees, but also said he thought he got some of the problem worked out as the game wore on.
“I need to hold onto the ball a little bit longer,” he said. “Coaches talked to me about it after the third quarter that I needed to make sure to just grip it a little bit longer and that will pull the ball down a little. I had a tendency to release it high and it would sail on me. Those last few drives, I was a little more accurate.”
But there was little solace for Locker on Saturday.
“I need to be a lot better,” he said. “We are 2-3 and overall that is the most important stat and that’s not there I want to be. It’s not where any of us us want to be. So we’re not happy where we are right now. I think these two weeks will be good for me to work on some things I’ve been struggling with and come back in two weeks and play a lot better.”
That Locker is still very much a work in progress was evident in his answer to a question if he’d ever encountered this much problem with his throwing before.
“I’ve never thrown this much,” he said.

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