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September 14, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Locker talk

As part of the weekly Monday press luncheon, UW quarterback Jake Locker also meets with the media, the only day of the week he does so other than after games.
Though before he spoke, he received some glowing praise from USC coach Pete Carroll, who tried to recruit Locker as a quarterback/athlete/safety. Locker opted to stay closer to home and a UW team that wanted him solely as a QB.
“I’ve said this before, I think Jake is one of the best players I’ve ever seen in this conference, in all the years we’ve been here,” Carroll said. “He’s the most extraordinary athlete at the position we’ve seen, and I saw that as a freshman. So now with Sark’s (Steve Sarkisian’s) coaching and scheme, and everyone all pumped up around him, that makes him extremely dangerous.”
Here is some of what Locker had to say, with some particularly interesting comments about calling audibles — he does a lot more of it now, and the Shareece Wright hit from two years ago:
On how he has adjusted to the offense: I’ve felt pretty good in the offense. The coaches have prepared a really good gameplan for us both weeks. We have felt comfortable in what we are doing. We’ve had confidence in the plays that he is calling and I’ve thought for the most part we have executed pretty well.
On Pete Carroll saying he’s a better runner than Terrelle Pryor: It’s an honor to have somebody like Pete Carroll make a statement like that about you. It won’t change the way we go about things or preparing for things but an honor to have someone like Carroll make a statement like that about you.
On players getting too hyped up about the game and talking to the media: Football has a lot of emotions involved in the game. It’s something that will be addressed to the whole team today. We have to put it behind us and understand we are getting ready to prepare for a good football team and don’t want to give them any reason to prepare or play harder this week. We have to take care of what we can control and that’s practice this week and how we prepare Saturday. Let all that other stuff take care of itself. Don’t need to talk about it, just worry about ourselves and focus on ourselves and go from there.
On USC recruiting him: Yeah they recruited me out of high school. I thought they were very good throughout the recruiting process. They went about their business very professionally. When I decided to come here I actually felt the need to call them and tell them I chose to come here instead of letting them hear it from someone else because I respected what they had done throughout the recruiting process. I was the way they went about dealing with me was just I think like everything else about that program first class and a very good job of what they done.
What did they recruit him as: Kind of as an athlete/quarterback/safety possible. (And to answer a question I’ve seen asked, he said USC’s LB coach, whose name he couldn’t recall, handled his recruitment, not Steve Sarkisian).
Was USC ever a real serious option? Once I made my decision in August it was Washington was by far my number one choice wasn’t really anybody else I was considering at that point I had seen all the schools I wanted to and no doubt I was going to come here.
On whether the coaching staff’s experience at USC will help this week: I think we all are very appreciative of the coaching staff we have and understand not only this week but every week are are going to go into the game with a formula to win and with an opportunity to have success, and then it’s up to us to execute and make plays. It’s not going to be different than any other week. They have a new offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator so they might be doing things are coaches aren’t aware of so they will spend time this week looking at the film breaking it down and put us inn the best situation to have success and I think we all understand they are going to do that each and every week for us.
On the success scripting the first 15 plays: It’s nice to understand what you are going to do and have an idea of what is going to get called. You usually rep (practice) those plays a little more in practice during the week and get more comfortable with them so its something where everybody knows their assignment and what they are supposed to do and where they are supposed to be and hopefully get you off to a fast start like we have the past two weeks.
Is that new, scripting plays? No, we did it last year, too.
Do you fight yourself to take off running? I think there were some opportunities for me Saturday to get out of the pocket and run, but honestly over the last couple of weeks I have felt like when I’ve gotten out of the pocket I’ve been able to get my eyes back downfield and get the ball downfield instead of looking to take off and run right away. It’s not a conscious thing I’ve been doing just kind of happened in the flow of the game, so I think I’m starting to mature and grow in that aspect a little bit and understand when we need three or four yards and I have an opportunity to get a first down to pull it down and get that but had a couple of opportunities last Saturday to make big plays when I got out of the pocket and we were able to convert on them and keep drives going so something just learning to be a little more patient now in my third year.
Are you calling more audibles now? Yeah, we are doing a little bit more at the line than we were doing the last couple of years.
Is it the scheme or you having more experience leading to that? I feel more comfortable with the defensive looks that I’m seeing and it’s the system as well as the plays that we are getting in and out of.
On his thoughts on the hit he took against USC two years ago from Shareece Wright and whether he thought it was intentional to take him out of the game: I remember that hit. It was a pretty good hit. But I’m not going to approach anything any differently. If it was a plan to take me out of the game or something I was able to stay in. I don’t think it was something they purposely did. Just guys playing the game. It was pretty close if you look at the film., I wasn’t really that far out of bounds. So it was a close kind of bang-bang play could have gone either way and I’m sure there wil be a couple of those this Saturday. You just have to keep playing and I don’t think that’s ever any team plans to go and try to hurt someone illegally in a football game.
Has he asked Nick Holt about it? No, I haven’t asked about that.

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