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September 28, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Locker talk

Monday is also the one day when Jake Locker speaks to the media. Here is some of what he had to say today:
On the Stanford game being one of missed opportunities: “I think from a standpoint of missed opportunities we left a lot on the field. We had some assignment mistakes, some bad decisions. I think if we could have capitalized on some opportunities it could have changed the outcome of the game.”
On whether this loss feels worse than against LSU: “A loss is a loss. It doesn’t matter if you played good or if you played badly. It all goes the same in the win/loss column. I think we have to bounce back the same way we did against LSU. Just like last week, we can’t do anything about it. Win or a loss you’ve got to move forward and get ready to play your next opponent. That’s Notre Dame for us so we’ve got to put this one behind us and do everything we can to prepare to the best of our abilities.”
On whether the offense struggled to find a rhythm Saturday: “I thought we were in a rhythm with that first drive. We were moving the ball really well and everything was working for us, and I made a bad decision with the ball and it kind of stopped that drive. I didn’t think we were really able to pick it up until later on in the game and put another drive together when we went down and scored, I thought that was a pretty good drive…we had a play here and there that maybe gave us negative yards or didn’t complete a pass where we could have kept the chains moving, and I think we weren’t able to really get into a comfortable rhythm on Saturday.”
On whether there’s a part of him that just wants to “tuck it and run” when plays go bad: “No. As tough as it is to have to watch the video yesterday and today and know that I missed one, you’re able to learn from it and it’s just one of those things where I don’t want to make that decision twice. It happens and the best thing you can do is look at it and take it for what it’s worth and learn from it and move on. So no, it doesn’t change how I want to approach the game or how I want to play. Obviously it was a play call that put us in a position to have success and we just made a mistake on it. Those are the type of plays that I think Coach was talking about that we just need to capitalize on. ”
On whether he was more apt to tuck and run last year: “I think so. But like I said I think that play gave us an opportunity to score a touchdown and I don’t know if tucking the ball and running would have but I know the play called did and I think we had a couple opportunities that we weren’t able to convert on.”
On whether he feels too much pressure: “I’ve been asked that since the day I got here. The pressure, I guess you want to call it, from people outside the program, I never really paid attention to that. I’ve tried to block it out because I’ve set standards for myself and the team’s set standards for this football team and that’s what we’re trying to do and that’s what we’re trying to reach. So no, I never felt like it was all on me to turn this program around. The game is played with 11 guys on the field at a time. If it was meant for one guy to change it, we’d play with one guy on the field.”
On whether it’s hard to tell where the Huskies really are right now: “I think any time you go out and perform to the best of your abilities, that’s what you’re capable of doing. I thought we went out and did that the first couple weeks and for one reason or another we didn’t play our best Saturday. That wasn’t who we are and that wasn’t what our football team can be, so we’ve got to figure out what we need to do to bring the same energy and excitement to the game Saturday.”
On whether he was recruited by Notre Dame: “A little bit. I was raised Catholic so I thought about it a little bit but not too much.”

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