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October 19, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Locker talk, pre-Arizona edition

Here are a few of Jake Locker’s quotes from his weekly meeting with the media
On Arizona’s defensive ends being the key to the game: “Yeah, they’re really talented. They’re athletic, strong, physical guys. We’re going to have make sure that we’ve always got guys on them and helping keep that edge secure. They’re very talented players. I think that controlling them in the run and pass game is going to be very important for us.”
On Arizona’s offense in general: “Like I said. They’re really talented upfront. They’ve got a lot of team speed. They do a good job in the secondary making plays with guys who run really well. Like always, it’s going to be important for us to make sure we have a good week of practice and really understand our game plan and going and execute to the best of our ability. They’re a really good defense. A good football team. We’re going to have to play well.”
On his thigh: “I feel good. My leg felt great during the game. It feels good today. I feel really good.”
On when that changed happened: “It didn’t feel awful all week. I think having a little less reps throughout the course of the week helps definitely. And then Thursday and Friday were kind of light. I had a long day Saturday as well to kind of just hang out and get some treatment on it and get some of the swelling out. It looked and felt great on Saturday.”
On how much different his game is when he can run: “When we’re able to get outside the pocket and put pressure on the defense, it’s an advantage for us. It creates some matchups problems I think just because you’ve got to be conscious of both the run and pass at that point. When we’re able to run the ball effectively, it sets up those types of plays. I thought the way our running game was able to kind of get going this Saturday really benefitted our passing game.”
On how great it is to have Chris Polk as the tailback: “It’s awesome. With a guy like him, even if it’s not always blocked right, and there’s not always a hole, he’s a very physical, very tough runner. He finds ways to get those extra two or three yards. He takes a big hit and it seems like he just spins off of it and he gets five or six more. It’s fun to watch him run. It really is.”


On Steve Sarkisian saying Polk is more mature now: “He’s always been a very confident player. He’s growing up and getting a little bit older and understanding where he kind of fits in within this offense. How he can really help this football team, not only running the football but he’s really made great improvements in the passing game and blocking. He knows what he’s doing every time he’s in there and he’s really physical in the blocking game. He comes up and will stud up on anybody. I think that’s what makes running backs special. He’s spent a lot of time working on that stuff and it shows on the field.”
On the mentality of the team now after a big win: “I don’t know if we’re any different. I thought we had a great week at practice last week. For one reason or another, we didn’t come last Saturday and play like we wanted to, but I thought the guys came back and we had a really, really good week at practice last week, and it was the reason we were able to come out with the win at the end. It wasn’t perfect Saturday; we still left a lot of things out there, in my opinion, especially on offense. Like I said after the game, our defense gave us a chance to win at the end. They kept us in there. I tip my hat to them.”
On what happened to the offense after UW was ahead 21-0: “After watching the film, it was what I thought. We just had some assignment errors and kind of broke down mentally a quarter, quarter-and-a-half there. We just weren’t able to execute. We moved the ball. But then the same things that have been biting us got us again, the penalties, especially when we got down into the red zone and on the other side of the 50. There are things we need to clean up.”
On standing in the pocket and making throws: “Watching the film, I had a couple opportunities that I got out of there a little too early and had a couple guys downfield that I thought we could have made a couple plays on. But we had an opportunity where I could have stepped up in the pocket and get the ball downfield to our receivers in the secondary. I thought our line did a great job of creating the pocket all day Saturday and giving me the opportunity to push up in there and find those guys downfield. I think when you’re able to do that, that’s when your passing game’s successful. The longer you give receivers time to work, the more they’re going to find themselves open. And I think that having the ability to push up and move around in the pocket allows those guys to work. I think we’ve got a pretty good receiving corps. Those guys find a way to get open and get the ball in their hands.”
On last year’s game against Arizona: “It was a crazy one, probably one of the craziest one’s I’ve been a part of. we’ve had some pretty wild one’s over the last couple of years. It was a game, I think it was a big win for this football team from the aspect of I think it was three and half minutes left and we were down 14 points and everyone kept playing. There wasn’t a sense that there is no way we can win this game. the ball bounced our way and we found a way to win that football game. I think that was a big turning point for us last year as a football team and moving the program forward. A big win for us.”
On making changes on the offensive line: “It can be difficult at times, but I thought those guys did a good job getting comfortable and familiar with each other and figuring out how they work together. I thought they did a great job Saturday, played well, played physical in the run and pass game.”
On Colin Porter: “Colin is a really big body for us a really physical body for us and a kid I thought did a great job not letting the situation be too big for him on Saturday. That can be an intimidating game to come in your first start as a true freshman, coming into a game of that importance for us and then to have it go the way it did. It would have been really easy for him to lose it and make assignment errors all over the field, but I thought he did a really good job on staying focused on his job each and every play and playing hard, playing physical. I was really proud of the way he played.”
On the mentality of the team after a win: “I don’t know if we’re any different. I thought we had a great week at practice last week. For one reason or another, we didn’t come last Saturday and play like we wanted to, but I thought the guys came back and we had a really, really good week at practice last week, and it was the reason we were able to come out with the win at the end. It wasn’t perfect Saturday; we still left a lot of things out there, in my opinion, especially on offense. Like I said after the game, our defense gave us a chance to win at the end. They kept us in there. I tip my hat to them.”
On what happened to the offense after the 21-0 lead: “After watching the film, it was what I thought. We just had some assignment errors and kind of broke down mentally a quarter, quarter-and-a-half there. We just weren’t able to execute. We moved the ball. But then the same things that have been biting us got us again, the penalties, especially when we got down into the red zone and on the other side of the 50. There are things we need to clean up.”
On standing in and making throws in the pocket Saturday: “Watching the film, I had a couple opportunities that I got out of there a little too early and had a couple guys downfield that I thought we could have made a couple plays on. But we had an opportunity where I could have stepped up in the pocket and get the ball downfield to our receivers in the secondary. I thought our line did a great job of creating the pocket all day Saturday and giving me the opportunity to push up in there and find those guys downfield. I think when you’re able to do that, that’s when your passing game’s successful. The longer you give receivers time to work, the more they’re going to find themselves open. And I think that having the ability to push up and move around in the pocket allows those guys to work. I think we’ve got a pretty good receiving corps. Those guys find a way to get open and get the ball in their hands.”

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