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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 19, 2007 at 1:43 PM

Monday press conference notes

A few items from the press conference today, which as you might expect, had a much more upbeat tone after the win Saturday:
— UW coach Tyrone Willingham confirmed that the list of seniors provided by the school is indeed the players who will be seniors this year. Asked if the fact that all the fourth-year juniors had earned their fifth year was a sign of progress for his program he said yes and that “we’re starting to get things in the right place.”
— Willingham said it was too soon to say whether Jake Locker will be the starter Saturday. He said Locker needs to go through the week of practice and then he will be evaluated and that it could be late in the week before a decision is made.
— Locker addressed the media and said he is fine and has full range of motion back in his neck. There was a funny moment when Locker began answering questions turning his whole body, as he had done last week, and did so for a few minutes until someone noted that he still seemed to be ailing and he admitted he was just joking around. “I feel pretty good,” Locker said. “A lot better than I was feeling a week ago.”
— Willingham said he will know more about Byron Davenport later in the week.
— Willingham said he had warned his players not to provide any bulletin board material for the game. Players mostly seem to comply, though several acknowledged that they are confident in winning the game. “I’m confident because I’m confident going into every game,” said UW defensive tackle Jordan Reffett.
— This being the 100th Apple Cup, there are a few extra activities being planned, among them a rally Friday at Qwest Field where both teams will be present to have lunch. Some UW players expressed surprise at having to gather with the Cougars the day before the game.”I’m curious to see how that all goes,” said Reffett. “I think it will be a little bit tense in that room. … I don’t have any desire to meet with those guys before the game because I don’t think they’re going to like us too much after the game.”
— Center Juan Garcia elaborated a little bit on the fact that he is considering the NFL, admitting that he had once been certain on coming back next year but now is “rethinking that.” He said he’ll decide in the next couple of weeks basing his decision largely on whether he thinks he would raise his draft status by returning for another season. He said money isn’t a factor but that finally being able to achieve his childhood dream of the NFL would be the motivating factor. But he said he also may feel the pull to spend another year with Locker and the rest of the line. He isn’t scheduled to be introducted with the seniors Saturday but said that could change and he may decide to be introduced. If so, that likely means he’s not coming back, he said. Garcia has already earned a degree in American Ethnic Studies and has been pursuing a second degree in history.

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