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August 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Fall camp questions, volume four

With so much going on, have gotten a little behind on these. But I’ll try to answer a few more. …
Q: I’d like to know if Steve Sarkisian will change the JC recruiting review policies. You said that there were only two months to recruit last year. Fair enough, but how long does it really take to review transcripts from classes already taken? That is something that could be done in a couple hours per player, max. It seems unfair to both the prospective player and the team to be so indifferent to JC transfer credentials.
A: First off, the JC admissions process at any school is much bigger than just the head coach. I don’t think Sarkisian can just snap his fingers and do much about that. Also, I think it’s a lot more complicated than people think to review the transcripts of many JC players. Many attend multiple JCs, making the process that much more complicated, and some schools accept some JC credits but don’t accept others — the big stumbling block at UW is that it doesn’t accept most/all P.E. credits because it doesn’t offer degree programs in that area. But the other thing to realize is that as long as Sarkisian is here, I don’t think they will do much JC recruiting other than a player or two here or there to fill an immediate need. They took six last year because with so little time to put a class together, they were pretty much taking what they could get, and taking some chances they won’t do going forward. But Sarkisian has been very open in saying he doesn’t plan to make JC recruiting much of a staple of his recruiting going forward, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they don’t take any this year, and certainly not more than a couple. So all of this won’t really be that big of an issue going forward.
Q: Did Mykenna Ikehara really lose 30 pounds over the off-season?
A: Sort of. The redshirt freshman center is listed at 260 on the current roster after being listed at 291 last year. But unlike a lot of other guys on the O-line who wanted to drop a lot of weight, much of Ikehara’s weight loss was involuntary as he said recently that he suffered a stomach virus last spring that caused him to lose a substantial amount of weight. He has been trying to get that back up, and said last week he was back to around the 270 range or so but would like to get a little higher than that. Suffice to say that the weight loss hasn’t helped Ikehara’s attempts to earn playing time on the line this season.
Q: How are Sark and Doug Nussmeier’s attitudes when critiquing Jake Locker? What seems to be the general tone from them, are they really needing to push him? Is he “getting it”? Is he making mistakes and they are harsh on him? Can you tell from their actions that Jake is really progressing in the system?
A: I don’t think Jake Locker is one of those guys who needs to be pushed much to work and do film work and all of that. I have heard nothing but plaudits from both coaches about how committed Locker is to football and this season. I don’t notice them getting on Locker any more than anyone else though the reality is, with the loud music and all, we don’t really hear much of what they say to anyone too often, and I guess without hearing what they say to everyone at all times I’d be reluctant to make a judgment one way or the other. As far as his progress in the system, I think they are happy with it while noting that he, and everyone else on the offense, still needs more time to really grasp it. It’s a different system, no question about it, putting a lot more emphasis on the QB to make the right reads in where to go with the ball, especially in terms of finding alternate receivers if the first option isn’t there. Again, I think people have to be realistic about where this team is right now. Nothing is going to look perfect with a new coach taking over an 0-12 team and Locker and the passing game isn’t an exception. But I think Locker and his progression, while understandably maybe the thing most people care about the most, isn’t at the top of the list of things I’d be worried about with this team. I think how well the O-line and secondary come together are bigger overall concerns just because I think there is much more of a question mark there.
All for now.

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