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November 1, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Locker’s comments on sitting out

Here’s what UW QB Jake Locker had to say today after it was revealed that he will sit out against Oregon Saturday with a fractured rib:
On reaction when told he can’t play: “You know, it’s frustrating anytime you’re not able to be out on the field with your guys. But it’s the best thing for me and for my health. I’ve put my trust in those guys ever since I’ve been here, and I still do. I don’t argue with the decision they made at all. It’s just that you wish you could always be out there.”
On whether he lobbied to try to play: “Yeah. I asked if there was any possible way that I could. They said there’s just too much risk involved in it now.”
On how much the ribs were bothering him: “Obviously good enough to play. Like I said, it was something that wasn’t taken lightly each week. It was something that was checked out and making sure nothing changed from week to week. It’s something they made sure that I was comfortable with, and my family was comfortable with. Yeah, it was a thing where, when Saturday came around, last week at practice I felt good enough to practice. So, yeah, it was getting better. It was sore, but that’s part of football.”
On how much it impacted it play: “It didn’t have anything to do with my play, no.”

On whether he knows when it happened: “No. After the first couple hits, I felt it. But I couldn’t pinpoint one play.”
On what doctors want him to do this week: “I think they want me to rest, try to get the bone to heal as quick as we can.”
On whether he will practice next week: “It’s just something we’ll play by ear. It’s fortunate that we’re following this week with a bye week to give us a little extra time off. But, yeah, it’s something that we’ll see how this week goes, see what kind of progress I make, and if I can be out there, I will.”
On how he can help the team now: “For me personally, I can not lose touch with the mental aspect of the game, prepare like I would if I was playing this weekend. I’ve already had an opportunity to go out and watch them today, get an idea of what they’re all about and what we’ll see as an offense. One of the biggest things for me is making sure that I help Keith. It’s a little new environment for him, and I let him know that I’ll be there for him and help prepare him to the best of my ability. And with the rest of the guys, too, let them know that I’ll be their No. 1 cheerleader Saturday.”
On Keith Price: “He’s a really talented football player. He’s got a really good feel for the game of football. That’s natural, something you can’t really teach. And he plays with a confidence in himself, and that’s something I think you saw early in the season when he came in the game against USC in a tight situation and threw a touchdown on his first play from scrimmage. So I think there’s a confidence and a natural ability that he has that’s pretty special.”
On how his senior year has gone so far: “It’s not how you would have wanted to draw it up. But I said at the time of my decision, and I’ll stick to it now: I don’t regret it. I wouldn’t do it any different. We still have a lot to play for in this season.”
On the injury being more frustrating than when he sat out as a sophomore: “I mean, I don’t got to miss the rest of the season, so that’s good. I still have the opportunity to come back and to be in our final three games, hopefully. So that’s promising, yeah.”
On the level of pain off the field: “You know, it’s the rib cage, so you can never really ever give it a break. So, yeah, you feel it.”



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