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November 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Monday Sark bites

Here’s some of what Steve Sarkisian had to say during today’s press conference:
Thoughts on whether this could be Jake Locker’s last game: “I thought the same thing myself there last night. I don’t think he’s going to view it that way, to be honest with you. I think he’s going to view it as we’ve got a great chance to capitalize and ride the wave of momentum coming off the Apple Cup. And I think he’s really going to embrace the opportunity for the seniors to have their moment. In his mind, he’s not worried about what that decision might be. It’s going to be embrace the day. The day is, we get another opportunity to play in Husky Stadium in a very hostile environment that we’ll welcome. And he’s going to go out and play and have a lot of fun and be smiling like he always is. I don’t think he’s worried about the emotions of what it might be.”
Will it be his last game? “I don’t know. I really don’t.”

On Locker’s run/pass split in the Apple Cup: “As we talked about before the season, there was a fine line in there and a give and take that we were hoping to have happen this year where we could obviously utilize our system, a proven system that has withstood the test of time for years, and also incorporate the athletic ability of Jake to make this thing something special – better than it’s ever been in all the years I’ve been running this thing. For a variety of reasons as we’ve moved through, it didn’t happen quite the way we would have liked. I thought Saturday was a great example of what could be, and what might be in the future. I thought he played a nice football game, played extremely well. Unfortunately we had a couple of drops or he even has a better game throwing the football. It just shows how dangerous he can be.”
On whether Locker has lived up to expectations: “Everybody has such high expectations for the guy. And he is trying like crazy, he is working like crazy to make this thing happen and fit and go the way he wants to. But the natural progression of playing within the system, the footwork, the nuances of the position within our system are different than anything he’s ever been asked to do before. And he’s done some things and we’ve seen some things that he’s done that make you go ‘wow, this guy can really do it all.’ And then there’s been moments where it hasn’t happened the way he would have and we would have liked and he’s learned from it and moved forward.”
On whether he will try to pressure hin to make a decision early: “I won’t pressure him. I won’t pressure him. I want him to make a decision that is based on facts and information and not based on emotion and so however long it takes for him to do that is fine.”
On how much it might help Locker to return: “Oh it would be huge. Be huge. I just think not to toot our own horn but I believe in our coaching style and our techniques and our mechanics and I believe in our schemes and I believe in the way we coach and the way we teach is as good or better than anybody out there and that in and of itself I feel like we’re the best thing for him.”
On whether he thinks Locker has some unfinished business here: “Sure, no doubt.”
Would that impact his decision to return?: “I don’t know that. We haven’t really talked about that. That’s after the season, But I do know Jake is a competitor. I do know his love for the university. And I do have a good idea of what he feels about this team, his teammates and the potential that we have. Look at this ball club right now and we are 4-7 football team and in four snaps could be a 7-4 team competing for second place in our conference this Saturday. So I think he realizes how close we are and how far we have come in a short amount of time and I think he really cherishes his time here and his teammates and loves this university so I think in the end, when all of the facts and all of the information comes in that’s going to be part of the decision, sure.”
On E.J. Savannah: “He’s out. The hand is just not healing the way that
we’d have liked it to. That hand has bothered him since training camp. It broke in training camp, and it has broken on two occasions since then in two separate places within the hand. He’s a warrior; he wants to fight through it. But it’s just not the right thing to do to put him out there with that thing.”
Thoughts on the offensive line: “The implementation of Drew Schaefer has been a good one. He’s a guy we didn’t want to throw out early, as a redshirt freshman, but ease his way in. But he’s been a nice addition to what we’re doing. He adds some athleticism to the edge for us. His ability to get downfield has been nice, and that’s allowed us to be able to move (Ben) Ossai inside to guard to give us a little more strength internally. So it’s paid dividends. I think (Ryan) Tolar’s process and maturation process of making the calls at center ahs been a good one. Senio Kelemete keeps getting better. You’ve got to remember, this guy was a defensive lineman a year ago. And I think Cody Habben has improved throughout the year. He’s played more physical. I think early on, he was a little bit of a finesse type player. But he’s gotten physical. And so with those things combined with Chris (Polk’s) running style, it’s paid dividends for us.”
On Ossai coming out at times in Saturday’s game: I don’t want to give up on Nick Wood. He’s a guy that has earned the right to play. Didn’t have a good game against Oregon State, obviously, but we’re not giving up on the guy. We wanted to give him his opportunity to play.”
Thoughts on the USC-UCLA controversy: “I got a good chuckle out of it to be honest with you. I don’t think either of them was worse. I thought it was the gamesmanship of the game. and I think SC took a knee saying we think the game is over. UCLA took a timeout saying the game isn’t over so SC kept playing the game. I don’t think anyone did anybody wrong and I thought both coaches handled it that way after the game.”
Would he do the same thing? “Hopefully we get to that situation someday.”
On what’s happened to James Johnson lately: “I think a little bit of it is possible mental and physical fatigue. You’re a true freshman, you ask so much of a guy early on like we did through training camp. He’s had a lot of reps for us and I think a little fatigue has set in. I’d like to think we can get James going Saturday that he can end his freshman year on a high like he started it, making plays for us.”
And on Johri Fogerson: “The way the thing is setup and the way we evaluated the film during the bye week it was a little more adventageous for us to be in a three-wide set with Jermaine (Kearse) on the field or going with more of a traiditonal base personnel setting with (Paul) Homer on the field. Paul has performed well for us and we wanted to get him more snaps.”



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