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August 9, 2010 at 9:04 PM

First practice leftovers, and Chris Polk quotes

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I may try to get more organized as we go forward, but for today just throwing stuff out there as it comes, so here are some more links, notes and quotes from today’s practice (that’s Jake Locker and Steve Sarkisian, at right, during today’s workout in a Steve Ringman photo).
— Here’s my story on today’s practice, that includes some info at the bottom on the possibility of the 2011 Apple Cup being played at Qwest Field, pending the construction schedule for the renovation of Husky Stadium.
As noted in the story, the 2011 schedule (which you can find here) is far from set, so knowing exactly which games would be impacted should they have to move to Qwest early isn’t possible now. In a more in-depth quote from Scott Woodward on the topic, he said: “There’s a lot of things that could change in that schedule. It’s just a matter of if we could get in there (to start the renovation) early and save that money could be a deciding factor.” Woodward says possibly playing games there in 2011 or 2013 isn’t optimal but that it could be done if it makes financial sense.
And as also noted in the story, the idea of trying to get public money isn’t completely dead. “We’re still going to make a plea to the tourism taxes that we feel like we pay heavily into,” Woodward said. “That’s still a possibility, but probably not. But we will take it if it is. It’s not part of our plan — we are going to do this on our own if we can and gladly accept enhancements to the stadium from those tourism taxes.”
— Here’s the practice report from GoHuskies.com with some more pictures and video of a couple interviews.
— And here are a bunch of pics from CoachSark’s site.
— Here’s the AP story on the first practice.
— Finally, as noted in many of the stories, Chris Polk met with the media after practice today. Here’s the transcript:

How’s your shoulder? “I’m 100 percent right now.”
Do you need to get hit to know that for sure?: “No because running. when it was hurt was running plays, pass blocking was the problem having my hands out and reaching. That today was a big step to show that I’m 100 percent.”
When did it feel 100 percent?: “Right after summer conditioning. We were doing throwing, basically doing all the stuff we’re doing now so i knew it wasn’t hurting me and wasn’t stopping me.”
Was missing spring a setback?” “No, not really. I believe everything happens for a reason, so it wasn’t that i wasn’t in practice i wasn’t working on my technique or anything. i got my time to improve on the stuff i really needed to.”
Did today’s practice feel different than a year ago?: “It feels a lot different. A year ago today, I couldn’t tell you i knew all my assignments, so I’m out here playing a lot faster thanIi was last year being that I was in here a year and know all my assignments and have a feel for the game and know what to expect and play faster and not second guess myself.”
What are your goals for this year?: “Right now i don’t have any individual goals, the only goal i have is Rose Bowl. That’s what we’re focusing on. we’ve just got to keep pushing and go out there and make each other better.”
How realistic is that?: “If we do our job then it should be pretty realistic. The only people that can stop us is us, so we’ve got to stay focused and not become complacent.”
Could you be even better this year?: “I could be more healthy because I gained weight, 12 pounds, from last year. so that should be a bonus. I kept the same speed. I just worked hard, did extra stuff with Jake (Locker) throwing, stuff with Deontae Cooper, Jesse (Callier) and Johri (Fogerson) and extra lifts with Ivan Lewis. Just all the stuff i did last year.
What’s your weight now?: “215.”
Last year?: “204.”
Do you think your overshadowed at all with all the attention on Jake? “That doesn’t bother me because Jake is Jake. He is Jake. He is going to lead us to the Rose Bowl if we do our job. Just him being here is (a big boost to) team morale.”
Do you feel you are under the radar?: “Ender the radar, yeah. I really don’t pay attention to that. I’m just going to go out here and improve on last year and improve what i have to do to my teammates, myself and coaches.”
Was spring a negative, not doing anything?: “Not a negative, more a positive. Instead of going over stuff I already knew I could improve on the stuff I really needed to like the open field, blocking and stuff. Just cause I wasn’t out there hitting didn’t mean I wasn’t working. That’s where i got a lot of my strength from.”

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