This will be a little bit different week on the blog thanks to the bye week.
First off, UW will practice the next four days at 10 a.m. (a time set before Saturday’s loss, by the way, owing instead simply to the fact that classes aren’t in session yet and it made sense to go early, especially on Thursday, so the players will have roughly four complete days of physical rest from then until picking up work again the following Monday to prepare for USC).
UW coach Steve Sarkisian will hold his weekly press conference today, but there will be no players available. They’ll be available Tuesday-Wednesday. Sarkisian will also have his radio show tonight at 4:30 p.m. on KJR-AM.
We’ll cover those events here as normally as we can, otherwise there may be a few more breaks than normal (or not, if there’s other stuff to write about — and feel free to send in some questions as a few Q-and-A’s might be a good way to keep things going).
Now, onto the links:
— Here’s my story for today looking at UW’s bye week, and Bud Withers’ look at the weekend that was in the Pac-10.
— Gregg Bell of GoHuskies.com also looks at the bye week.
— Jake Locker appeared on Q13 last night to promote the Run of Hope. He had agreed to the appearance before what happened against Nebraska, and given a chance to pull out of it given the way the game went, said he wanted to fulfill the commitment. Here’s that video:
— And here’s information on the Run of Hope which will be held Oct. 3.
— The Sporting News doesn’t have encouraging words for Locker’s play Saturday.
— This is a pay story, but Todd McShay of ESPN’s Scouts Inc., has Locker No. 1 on his list of those whose stock is down after last weekend. McShay writes in part that:
“In Locker’s defense, the Huskies were completely outclassed from a talent standpoint on both sides of the ball, especially in the trenches. Nine of his 17 misses were a result of poor pass protection and/or his receivers failing to get open. However, Locker was squarely to blame for the eight other misfires, which ranged from errant throws to poor field vision to terrible decisions under pressure.”
He also writes that:
“During the offseason, I studied all 12 of Locker’s 2009 games on coach’s copy tape. As is the case with any college quarterbacks, there were some peaks and valleys, but at no point in those 12 games did Locker appear to be as flustered and out of control as he was versus Nebraska. Locker is clearly pressing. The game is speeding up rather than slowing down in his mind, which is causing him to rush his reads, abandon his footwork and force throws into passing windows that are too tight.”
— Rivals.com also examines Locker’s play to date.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has UW ninth in his weekly Pac-10 power ratings.
— Jon Wilner, meanwhile, calls UW “the most disappointing team in the conference thus far.”
— Chris Dufresne examines the wins by UCLA and Arizona and what they might mean to the conference.
— ESPN ranks the Pac-10 third this week behind the SEC and (narrowly) the Big 12.
— Big Red Today examines how Nebraska just ran over the Huskies with the running game Saturday.
— Nebraska defensive back Eric Hagg (who had the first interception of the game, among other plays) was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week.
— USC, the next opponent for UW, is a 24-point favorite at WSU Saturday. Here’s some news from both camps, and around the Pac-10, from Vince Grippi.
All for now.