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September 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Tuesday morning links

UW will hit the field at 10 a.m. for practice today, as it will the rest of the week through Thursday. So just a few links before heading up to Montlake. …
— First, what appears to be a little bit of news coming down this morning that Colorado has worked out it to join the Pac-10 for 2011. Once that becomes official, then some of the bigger decisions (such as how to split divisions and schedule) can begin to get settled, as well.
— Nice story from Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald on how Jake Locker and his family hung out with a few Nebraska fans after the game Saturday.
— Here’s my story for Tuesday’s paper wrapping up Steve Sarkisian’s Monday press conference.
Mel Kiper leads off with a discussion of Locker in his weekly Stock Watch column It’s a premium story so I won’t copy and paste all of it. But here’s a key segment:

In this era of force-feeding rookie QBs — both Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 3 — will a developmental-type prospect with enormous potential like Locker be afforded the opportunity to hone his craft and be eased into the pro game? The second major issue is lack of top game-management skills. The first of Locker’s two interceptions occurred when he had plenty of time in the pocket and decided to throw to a wideout who was blanketed by multiple defenders. The second one took place when he stared down a receiver and was picked off for a touchdown. The old saying mostly holds true in this case: You are never as bad as your worst game or as great as your best game. But after the way Locker performed on Saturday — even against corners destined for good NFL careers — it’s only natural to wonder whether his great physical prowess and tremendous upside are ever going to add up to a topflight, elite signal caller in the NFL. Additionally, in this era of force-feeding rookie QBs — both Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 3 — will a developmental-type prospect with enormous potential like Locker be afforded the opportunity to hone his craft and be eased into the pro game? He’ll improve, but any team evaluating him for a possible high pick is forced to ask this question. And it’s a significant one.

— UW is off this week but there are lots of other intriguing Pac-10 games and Ted Miller breaks them down.
Finally, I’ll have my weekly segment with Brock and Salk at around 10:30 a.m. today.

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