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August 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Fall camp questions, volume two

Jake Locker’s passing (what else?) and more discussed in this round. …
Q: Has Locker’s accuracy gotten better yet?
A: This is a catch-all answer to address the myriad of ways that question has been asked the last few days. My main answer is to say that four practices out of 29 the team will hold before the first game is way too early to make any declarations about anything. But he was 7-10 yesterday in pretty windy and rainy conditons during the third-down drill that ended practice, when the team went 11-on-11, which with my limited math skills I think is a pretty good percentage. And that included one drop. So I think he’s been okay so far. Will he ever be the greatest passing quarterback ever in the history of the game, ever, ever, ever? Maybe not, though I don’t know how anyone can say they have enough information yet to really make a judgment. But can he pass well enough for the Huskies to be a much better offensive team this season? Definitely. Carson Palmer had a middling career until he was a fifth-year senior, as have lots of guys who suddenly exploded after a few seasons. I was watching the replay of that 2000 UW-Oregon State game the other night and the announcers noted that Marques Tuiasosopo had just four TDs and seven interceptions to that point of the season, and I think he ended up having a pretty good year. And as should be always understood, Locker’s legs make him so much more valuable than most any other QB, opening up so much more for his offense by the attention he attracts from the opposing defense with his running ability. As should also be understood, the passing game is about a lot more than just the QB — an incompletion can be the result of a dropped pass or a bad route or a bad block up front. And as for this camp, I think you have to wait until the first scrimmage next Tuesday before making any real judgments. Sorry if some of that seems a little smart-alecky. But there’s obviously no question Locker will be the starting QB for this team so that’s kind of wasted time to debate that, and I also think you have to let him play a few games with what is still a new system and a young WR corps before really judging anything. Obviously, he will have ups and downs through camp, and I’ll duly note those on here. But those also need to be kept in perspective of the bigger picture of all that he brings to the team, and all that this team is still going through as it rebuilds.
Q: Have there been any real dust-ups in camp yet?
A: Not really. I think there was a little one I missed on one of the first days, and there appeared to be a real minor one yesterday, as well. But it will be little surprise if one occurs at some point. However, if you remember, Steve Sarkisian, in one of his most overt shows of discipline as head coach, made it pretty clear in the spring how he feels about those things so the players, especially the veterans, know the consequences.
Q: Do you feel this year, will be the resurrection of Husky football, if, injuries don’t become a problem?
A: If you mean in terms of showing some significant improvement and the program beginning to turn around, then yes. If you mean contending for the Pac-10 title, then no. I think that is still a few years away.
Q: I noticed on the new turf that they have hash marks for both NCAA and NFL, is this something that will be removed before the season starts?
A: My understanding is those are just there for the Seahawks when they practice there, including again on Tuesday and assuming they will be gone after that.
Q: Are the Huskies gonna do anything to remember Curtis Williams. Although they never retired his jersey nobody wore 25 until now. And I thought I read that they aren’t having the 25 on the 25 yardlines anymore. I can understand distancing the program from the past decade or so, but I feel this is something that should be kept about the Huskies’ recent history. I think the program should show more respect to a kid that died fighting for our team.
A: Actually, you are wrong that no one ever wore his number since his injury. For a couple of years, they picked a player each year to wear No. 25 who they felt best epitomized what Williams brought to the team. I know James Sims wore it one season. But while his number won’t be on the field any more, he will still be honored. They will continue to pick a player to wear his number (for now it’s David Batts), and there will also be a memorial to Williams in the locker room or the tunnel. Word is his family was in complete accord with this, feeling that a memorial somewhere in the tunnel or locker room was the best place for such an honor and that they felt having his number on the field, where it had been for five years, had kind of run its course.
All for now.

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