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October 2, 2007 at 12:59 PM

Locker on late hits and more

Jake Locker held his weekly meeting with the media today and among the topics of conversation was the late hit by USC’s Shareece Wright early in the game.
“I thoght it was a little bit late,” Locker said. “But it’s football. You are going to get hit, so no hard feelings, I guess.”
Asked about Pete Carroll’s comments that he didn’t think it was late, Locker said. “that’s all right. Everyone’s got their opinion and I guess he’s entitled to his.”
And asked about Wright’s comments that the Trojans wanted to get a big hit on him to take him off his game, Locker said “I had kind of figured that that was part of their plan, the intimidation part, I mean. Like I said, it’s football. I know I’m going to get hit when I get out there, so that didn’t play a factor at all in how I played the rest of the game. It was a good hit, but I dont know if it was on time.”
Asked if he’s worried that every UW opponent will try to follow suit, Locker said “I think everybody is. … I don’t think a defensive player ever goes into a game not wanting to get a big hit, so when the opportunity presents itself they are going to take advantage of it.”
Locker said it used to happen in high school, as well, with teams often hitting him after he had handed off the ball “just to remind me that they were there, that sort of thing. I’m used to it.”
Locker also took a hard hit to the back that might have hurt worse than the one from Wright. “It caught in an awkward spot,” Locker said. “He got a helmet on a spot I don’t have a pad on. Kind of straightened me up a little bit, but nothing real big.”
As for his passing in the USC game, Locker revised comments about his release point being high that he made afterward, saying he’s not sure that’s really a big issue.
“We talked about it and don’t think I need to start worrying about the release and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “There’s not a lot of problems. I’ve just got to get comfortable making those throws when I’m on the run and moving full speed. Those are things I’ve got to reenact better in practice, I guess, to go through throwing a ball running as fast as I can because it’s different in a game than in practice. I practice throwing on the run in practice but it’s not the same speed as in a game, I’m not running running as hard in practice as I am in a game. … I’ve just got to get used to that situation, I guess.”
That proved particularly costly on an overthrow of a wide-open Corey Williams in the end zone early in the game.
“I didn’t know I threw it that hight,” Locker said, adding that he the team had the wind at its back at the time. “Those are ones you’ve got to get.”
Locker also said that USC kept a defender on the outside of the line all game to take away his running. Locker actually had a career-high 18 carries in the game (17 if you take out one sack) but said he didn’t keep the ball as often as he had been in the read-zone option package.
Asked if other teams figure to try to replicate that strategy Locker said “I think that’s more dangerous than me keeping the ball. The running backs on this team, when they touch the ball, they are all dangerous guys.”

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