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September 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Locker talk, USC week

As noted earlier, Monday is the regular day for Jake Locker (shown in the Nebrasaka game in an Otto Greule, Jr. photo) to meet with the media. Here’s more of what he had to say:
ON WHAT THE WINNING DRIVE AGAINST USC LAST YEAR DID FOR HIM AND THE TEAM: “I think it was a obviously a very good drive for us, one where we were able to build a lot of confidence within our offense and within a lot of player in our offense. It was one of the drives that kind of helped to really allow everybody to buy in to what was going on, a lot of confidence in each other and put a big statement win on our season last year. it was a very exciting drive for us and one we were able to draw from player to player and as a team.”
ON WHAT LAST WEEK WAS LIKE: “I think it will make me better go forward. It wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted to play individual and where we wanted to play as a football team. Learning how to put that behind you and have a good productive week of practice and coming out this week and having another and preparing for a very good SC football team is really important in your growth as a football player. It’s not always going to go as you want to and you’ve got to learn how to bounce back and how to deal with siuations like that.”
ON WORKING ON FUNDAMENTALS SUCH AS FOOTWORK: “I think everybody would say they do. There is always something you can improve on, especially when things are going tough i think you have a tendency to try really hard to make things happen and you can lose sight of your fundamentals in a situation like that.”
MORE ON SEEING THE FOOTWORK ISSUES ON FILM FROM THE NEBRASKA GAME: “Definitely and you can see it in the film. Like I said earlier it’s something that we work on it practice and you can see it when I’m able to complete passes and get the ball where I want to it was pretty fluid, I wasn’t hooping around as much. And the one’s where I had trouble on I was kind of changing my eye level a lot and really bouncing around back there. It was something we were really focusing on in practice last week and throughout the course of the season.”
ANY REASON THAT HAPPENED MORE AGAINST NEBRASKA?: “No, just for one reason or another it just happened more often than another last Saturday.”

ON WANTING TO BE PERFECT: “On every snap I want to do everything to the best of my ability and put our team in the best situation to have success. I think that after a game like that you have to look at yourself and how you can improve and the mistakes that you made and the places you can work on to help you get to the level you think you can play at.”
ON ADDRESSING THE ISSUES FROM THE NEBRASKA GAME: “I think you address what the issue was. I believe in everything that mistakes are going to happen. You’re never going to be perfect. But you try and learn from them (or) you’ll never get them fixed or learn from them, take whatever it is that might be your struggles whatever it may be and face it head on, learn from it, move on and try to become a better player.”
ON THE TEAM REBOUNDING MORE QUICKLY MENTALLY THAN THE COACHES: “I think, as a whole, everybody on the football team understood that we didn’t play our best game. We did a lot of things that are uncharacteristic of us, and we did it against a really good football team, and it looked bad. I don’t think anyone in our locker room believed that’s who we are or the kind of football team we are. I thought that everybody felt eager and excited to get back out on the field and have an opportunity to prove to people that that’s not the brand of football we play.”
ON THE BYE WEEK HELPING OR HURTING: “I think it helped to get some guys back and really, really healthy going into this week and starting off Pac-10 play. I think mentally as well, to give us another week of work to fix some of those problems we had and to really focus on them and put them behind us.”
ON WHAT HE DID SATURDAY: “I was up in Ferndale, I went home and hung out with my family and watched some pee-wee football. The game was at 11, so I watched the little guys play and then I went home and watched some college football.”
ON STEVE SARKISIAN SAYING USC IS THE MOST TALENTED TEAM IN THE LEAGUE: “That’s probably true of them the last decade. They are a very talented football team, they have a lot of really good athletes, a lot of really good football players at every position. They are a very confident football team, a team, much like last week, you can’t go out and make mistakes and expect to be in the ball game. So it’s going to be really important for us to make sure that we really know what we’re doing and we’re confident in the game plan and the calls that are being made and able to play really fast. When we’re able to do that, that gives you opportunities to be in games against football teams like this.”
ON WHAT STANDS OUT ABOUT THE USC DEFENSE: “Up front they are really good. They rotate bodies through there, but they don’t seem to lose anything when they go to their second-string guys. They are big, they run well and they make plays in the backfield. And that’s a point of emphasis this week, as it is many weeks, is to control the line of scrimmage and making sure we neutralize those guys up front.”
ON HIS CLASS LOAD THIS QUARTER — SCHOOL STARTS WEDNESDAY: “I’ll have a full…14 credits. I need 14 to graduate, so I’ll be enrolled with 14 credits this fall.”



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