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October 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Wednesday practice notes — Locker does a little more

The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday practice. And for the first time on a Wednesday in three weeks, QB Jake Locker took part in some of the team period. In fact, on his first play during that session, he hit Cody Bruns for about a 35-yard touchdown.
“Jake looked really good today,” said UW coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it “his best Wednesday in three weeks. I felt like coming into this week and Monday and yesterday that he was a lot further along. I wanted to get him part of that team setting.”
So there doesn’t seem to be any question that Locker may be the healthiest heading into a game that he has been in a few weeks, good news as the Huskies try to defeat a tough and gritty Stanford team.
Some of the other personnel news was more mixed.
DT Cameron Elisara watched from the sidelines and is definitely out this week and could be out longer with a shoulder stinger, an injury he has struggled with for the past couple years. Sarkisian was non-commital saying only that “we’ll assess it week-to-week” but indications are that it could be a long-term absence.
In the only new injury today, Chris Izbicki was sidelined with a sprained foot. Sarkisian said that “I don’t know the extent of it yet.”
And Johri Fogerson also remains out after re-injuring his hip. Asked if there is a chance he can return this year, Sarkisian said there is “No timetable yet. He came back and re-injured it, so I don’t know.” But he again said he didn’t know if the injury is the type that can merit a redshirt year. “I don’t know if that’s possible, to be quite honest,” he said.
In better injury news, WR Devin Aguilar is back from his injury and appears good to go for Saturday. “Devin looks great,” Sarkisian said. ” This is the best he’s looked since he initially got injured. I think he’s fine to go.” More uncertain is James Johnson, with Sarkisian said “I don’t know exactly quite where James is at yet. His role has obviously been limited, but Devin for sure.”
Here’s some more of what Sarkisian had to say today:
On if this freshmen class, with 14 playing, has been asked to do more than past classes: “I don’t know. We went in with kind of a clean slate for those kids and let them kind of establish themslves. I didn’t try to put a number on how many would or wouldn’t play. As it worked out, we’ve gotten to a number that’s probably too high for where we want to be as a program. Fourteen true freshmen playing is a lot. Hopefully as we grow as program, that number starts to dwindle lower and lower to where we are playing single digit true freshmen.”
On how many true freshmen played at USC when he was there: “We were probably close to 8 to 10 every year, realistically speaking. That number can fluctuate depending on how many seniors leave, what your needs are, what you bring in. In a perfect world, 14 is too high. We have to get that number down. I don’t know what the perfect number is, but definitely single digits.”
On what makes the fly sweep work: “Timing. Timing is the thing that when you first get going with it is the concerning part. If you are off a half second, you hitting a guy on his hip or you are missing him or you’re late an the ball gets on the ground. Knock on wood, we’ve been great at it so far this year. And that’s a tribute to our quarterbacks and the rhythm of the motion whether it’s the running back or receiver coming on that motion. You want top speed, but you also don’t want to be going by too quick where a quarterback can’t make a decision. They’ve done a great job of it all year. ”
On Sione Potoae likely getting his first start: “I’m excited for Sione. This is a good opportunity for him this week. He’s a kid that has really grown since he’s been here, from a mental perspective. He’s such a big grizzly bear of a guy, but he’s the most humble gentle giant when you get around him off the field. I think he’s really starting to understand that it’s really ok to turn that light switch on when you’re on the field in-between the lines…to play aggressive and mean. And when you come off you can be the gentle giant again. I think actually part of this week it’s been good that Daniel Te’o-Nesheim’s been here and has gotten a chance to spend a little time with him, because Daniel’s the nicest guy in the world off the field, but when he was on the field he was the meanest guy ever, so for Sione it was good for him.” (It should also be noted that Greyson Gunheim was also there today).
On being able to do more, like the wildcat and pistol, because it’s year two of his program: “We’re just trying to get this offense to fit the personnel and the personality of our team and allow our players to do the things that they do well. Some of the things we’ve done are what guys did when they were in high school – most notably Jesse (Callier), who was a wildcat quarterback in high school. He also did a lot of fly sweep stuff in high school, so it was a little easier to incorporate that with him, as well as Chris. So we’re just trying to maximize our talents on the offensive side of the ball.”
On watching other teams to get some of that stuff: “I think you do that in general. You’re always watching and learning and change is inevitable. You’re either getting better or getting worse, and we’re just always trying to get better.”
On the changes along the defensive line: “We just got hit with the injury bug. Unfortunately, but fortunately, our young kids are playing. And Hau’oli (Jamora) has obviously gotten a lot of playing time the last couple weeks, and Sione’s playing time has increased, and will continue to increase. It’s great for those kids, but I wish we had all our guys at our disposal, but unfortunately we don’t.”



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