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October 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Locker talk — Jake says “I’ll be all right”

UW QB Jake Locker spoke to the media after Monday’s practice, his first statements since Saturday’s loss to Arizona State, which he played with while dealing with a little illness.
Asked exactly what it is, Locker said “I’m a little under weather, I’ll be all right. … I haven’t gotten an exact diagnosis, I guess. Kind of a head congestion kind type thing.”
Locker said it started to come on last week and that while it bothered him during the game, he didn’t think it had a huge impact on his play.
“I don’t know if it directly affected me a whole bunch,” he said. “I had a hard time keeping enough fluids in my body, so maybe a little bit that way, just going through more than I normally do. Besides that, not much.”
The main thing was making him more fatigued, he said.
“A little bit, yeah,” he said. “(It was) harder to catch my breath than normal…. it was weird. I just had trouble catching my breath sometimes.”
He said his illness seemed to peak on Saturday.
“Maybe it just caught up to me on Saturday,” he said. “I don’t know what it was. Like I said, I just at times I felt more tired than I ever felt.”
But Locker said he didn’t think it really changed the way he played on Saturday.
“No, no I don’t think it changed how I played,” he said.
Locker also said he took a brief visit to the hospital after the game.
“Yeah, we went over there, got an IV and stuff, just to make sure I got hydration back in my body,” he said.
Locker also said he’s got a little quad contusion but that “It’s nothing like last year’s. It should be fine in a couple of days.”
Backup Keith Price took most of the snaps in practice Monday, but Locker said that was just as a way to get Price ready if needed and that he is on the road to recovery.
“(I’ll) get rest, and like I said, it’s not really a big deal,” he said. “It’s just something I try and get over as fast as I can so I don’t got to deal with it.”
Asked what he thought went wrong with the offense against ASU, he said: “We had some penalties that hurt us, and we just made some mistakes in our assignments – uncharacteristic of what we had done the week before. We weren’t able to capitalize on all of our drives.”
And asked why it was so different from the week before, he said: “I can’t tell you. You can’t pick out a couple things that stand out. We just have to have a confidence in what we’re doing, no matter who are opponent is – worry less about the guys across the ball from us, and more about ourselves, and I think we’ll be alright.”

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