Monday also means our weekly meeting with UW QB Jake Locker. Here are some highlights, including his thoughts on the injury to Sam Bradford:
On hearing about the UO rivalry on campus from fans and how bad they want to beat the Ducks: I think over the last couple of years we’ve had a couple good games with them and I think it’s become a really big rivalry for us. There’s a lot of excitement from a lot of people about this weekend’s game and a lot of people wanting us to come out victorious on this one.
On what he says when fans tell him they want the Huskies to beat Oregon maybe more than any other team: I tell them I do too.
On the high emotions of the ASU game: It got pretty chippy on the field and there were a lot of penalties. It was the nature of the game. It was a physical game, players were playing whistle to whistle. That happens in a game like that. The importance of that is to make sure you aren’t carrying over some type of aggression over to the next play. It’s not going to allow you to perform your task to the best of your ability. Obviously it’s something that happens and it comes with the nature of the game, but you can’t carry it from play to play with you. You have to put it behind you as soon as it’s over.
On his health and the last hit at ASU: I’m fine, no big deal. Nothing’s wrong. Everything works good.
On whether he was surprised by the third-down call at the end of the game: I tell you guys every week; I have complete confidence in this staff and the situations they put us in. There was a reason why he called it and we just weren’t able to execute it. I wasn’t surprised by it, I wasn’t shocked by it.
On the ASU pressure: They were pretty good up front. Their two ends were really good. They were fast upfield, they forced you to get up in the pocket. They got some push a couple times from the inside. It was a good front four and they were very active.
On Oregon’s defense: I think they are getting the attention they deserve this year defensively. They are a good defensive football team. They try and do things to confuse you. They are very active, they play hard. They try and force you to make mistakes, so we’re going to have to be disciplined in what we’re doing and recognize what they are giving us. We have to go out and do our job.
On Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford getting hurt after deciding to bypass the NFL Draft and whether that’s anything he’s thought about: Obviously it’s an unfortunate deal that he got hurt and I feel for him. It’s something you can’t control. It’s part of the game and it happens. But we talked about it after the second or third week – it’s not something I’m thinking about now. I feel bad for him and I think he’s a great player. I know it will all work out for him. It’s tough to see a guy miss a season due to injury.