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April 25, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Sark bites

Here’s what UW coach Steve Sarkisian had to say after the spring game today:
Thoughts on the play of Jake Locker? “I thought Jake was really sharp. He’s playing much more relaxed that he was early in spring. He’s just delivering the ball, he’s comfortable.I thought a little bit there in the third quarter he got stuck in the pocket a couple of times. We’ve been hammering home to him, ‘Stay in the pocket, stay in the pocket.’ Now we’ve got to let him go a little bit and let him play football. But I thought he had a nice game.”
What does the play action do for him? “It allows him to use his mobility, get on the edge, and it gives him a nice little run-pass option. Obviously he didn’t have to use his legs much today, but in the future as we get going, you’ll see him pull that ball down and run some as well.”
Thoughts on No. 1 Defense? “I thought they played well. Donald Butler really stood out to me, I felt like he was really making plays, he was tackling really well. That’s what we need out of that middle linebacker spot: a guy that’s a sure tackler, is smart and gets to the football.”
Any injuries? “No, we did good. That’s kind of what you always fear in games like this, guys getting hurt, but we came out of it clean.”
What did you think of your first spring game as a head coach? “It was fun, it was a great crowd, and next year we’ll get more people out here. We want to make this a great event for everybody. It was fun to watch our kids play football, good and bad. They had to play, it wasn’t scripted, their coaches weren’t in the huddle with them. They had to go play, so that factor of the spring game is what you like to watch, and it was kind of neat to see the way some of our guys responded. Some guys elevated their games and some guys took a step back a little bit.”
Which players elevated their games today? “I like what Chris Polk did. He finally got a chance to play football and he really showed what he can do. I thought Johri Fogerson showed up more than maybe he had been in the spring, so that was encouraging. I think Kavario Middleton played well today. He was a guy today that maybe started a little bit slower in spring, but when we look at this film, he’s going to have played a pretty good game.”
Have you found out anything about Jake that you didn’t know when you got here? “I came in very open minded, I wasn’t trying to make an assumption of what the guy was. But I’ve been very impressed with his work ethic, he’s a very bright young man, he really understands and studies the game. Obviously he’s a very gifted athlete, but his personality, who he is, what he represents has been very impressive from me.”
Is the running back depth chart clearing up? “Well it will in about a week when we get a chance to evaluate the entire spring. These 15 practices as a body of work that these kids put out there, the way we look at it, that’s their resume. And they put their resume on film for 15 practices and we’ll asses it and try to gauge what that depth chart looks like.
What do you want out of the offseason? “What’s critical is these guys have now had the opportunity to go through an offseason conditioning program with us, go through practice with us and obviously we need a great summer conditioning regiment, we need our guys to continue to work at the skill sets that we’ve tried to put in place through practice on their own, because unfortunately the NCAA doesn’t allow us to get back with these guys until August. There’s a lot of work to be done and the leadership on both sides of the ball is really going to have to show up so these guys can get their work done without us.”

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