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December 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Sark press conference notes — He says he’s “very optimistic” Locker will return next season

Steve Sarkisian’s end of year press conference has concluded. I’ll pass along a few quick notes before getting a few more detailed quotes up later.
— There was lots of talk about Jake Locker and his pending decision. Sarkisian said that he met with Locker one-on-one yesterday to begin laying the ground work for the decision. He said papers were filed yesterday with the NFL Advisory Committee, which will give Locker an evaluation of his probable draft status. Assuming Locker waits for that to come back, as Sarkisian said he would, that could push any decision to past the New Year as that’s typically when those come back, though there’s a chance it could be earlier.
— Sarkisian said he is “very optimistic” that Locker will return, but when pressed on that, said it’s mostly because “that’s just the way I think. I’m a glass half full guy.”. He also said he had a meeting with Locker and Locker’s parents had a meeting during the bye week before the Apple Cup to talk about the process.
— He said he thinks Locker will take some time to make his decision but that he also doesn’t think it will go down to the final hour — the deadline to declare is Jan. 15.
— In non-Locker news, Sarkisian said the Huskies plan to sign “updwards of about 30 guys” in the Class of 2010. The limit for initial enrollees is 25 but a team can sign more than that. With a few players who may enroll early and some who may come in later, it’s not hard to get to the 25.
— He said there is no timeline on when a decision will come down on E.J. Savannah’s appeal for a sixth year. However, he said all the paper work has been completed.
— He said there has been no changes to the roster yet. Some may come later, but none as of now.
— He said he expects all of his assistant coaches to return next season. He said responsibilities could be adjusted later, but that any discussion of that would come later, with recruiting the focus right now.
— He said he liked calling plays this season and will do that again.
— He had no real specifics on when injured players such as Justin Glenn or Brandon Yakaboski will return. But he said there has been no real setbacks in the rehab process for any of the injured players and assumes they all will make it back at some point. He specifically mentioned Yakaboski as a player he is anxious to see on the field.
— Asked if he had one play call this season he’d do over, he said he “wouldn’t have thrown deep at ASU on third down.” That’s a reference to the pass to James Johnson that fell incpmplete that gave the Sun Devils time to throw the 50-yard TD at the end.

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