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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 15, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Still no official word on Locker

Tom here at UW for today’s press conference/practice. The big news (or lack of news) is that Tyrone Willingham still has little to say about Jake Locker’s status for Saturday. “We’ll see how much he can do today,” Willingham said.
Willingham said Locker could still be the starter, “but the likelihood is probably not there,” and, “I won’t rule out anything between now and Saturday.”
With that said, here is what else he had to say about Locker:
“There haven’t been a lot of days, but I think each day he’s gotten a lot better. He felt a lot better today. A lot more movement in him, you can see that…You can see up and down more. You can see side to side more. That’s good.”
Willingham said Locker hasn’t been technically cleared by doctors to play Saturday against Cal, but that’s because the Husky coaches haven’t asked for that determination yet. “I think what everyone’s said from a medical standpoint is that there are no structural problems that would prevent him from playing.”
On what he would need to see from Locker today and tomorrow to start him, Willingham said: “I’d probably like to see him be able to protect himself.”
Finally, when someone asked Willingham if he could make the decision as late as noon Saturday (for a 12:35 p.m. kickoff), he said, “It’d be easy to do that. Don’t know if I will. We could say today, we could say tomorrow, we could say Saturday.”
With having a fifth-year senior such as Carl Bonnell as a backup, Willingham said, “It’s a lot more comforting to the coaches to start with, and then that also makes it a lot more comforting to the players. Because you’ve been around the guy, you feel like you can depend on him. You can count on him for certain things. You know how his reaction will be under duress. That makes a lot of difference.”
You might remember Bonnell had five interceptions in the 31-24 overtime loss to Cal last season. On that, Willingham said, “I think it helps him. I think he can reflect back and say, ‘Maybe I didn’t play my best football game against a very talented football team, and if I improve my game’ …quot; which he knows he can …quot; ‘and we can improve our game and we won’t have to maybe overcome that many turnovers, then you’ve got hopefully a better chance to win.’ That’s the logic I would use if I were Carl.”
Other notes: WR Quintin Daniels suffered a back spasm Wednesday, and it will depend on how he practices Thursday if he plays Saturday.
On LB Donald Butler and nickel back Nate Williams, Willingham said, “Donald didn’t do anything yesterady for the most part. We kind of took him out of the lineup. Nate did absolutely fine. We anticipate a full go out of him.”
PRACTICE UPDATE: Locker wore a helmet for the first time this week, but the team wasn’t in full pads (shorts). Saw little more of him other than that.
Luther Leonard of Evergreen, who committed to UW yesterday, stopped by to get a look at his future team.

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