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November 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Conference call notes — More on UW’s QB situation

As might be expected given UW having a bye, not a lot of questions given to Husky coach Steve Sarkisian today.
Most notably of his answers may be his thoughts on UW’s QB situation going forward.
Sarkisian said again of Jake Locker that “he’s going to need to practice to be able to go against UCLA.”
He said that Locker will be held out “at least until Saturday, and when we will assess it Saturday, Sunday and Monday” and see where Locker is. So if Locker really does need to practice to play, the reality likely is that if Locker doesn’t practice by Monday he may not play against UCLA. Monday would be UW’s last pads and contact practice with the game on a Thursday.
Sarkisian said further that “right now we are preparing as if Keith (Price) is out starter and if we get Jake back we will prepare accordingly.”
An obvious thing to wonder is whether there is any gamesmanship in being vague about whether Locker will play against UCLA.
But Oregon coach Chip Kelly said he didn’t notice much difference in what UW did with Price as opposed to what it would have done with Locker, and UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said the same today.
“I didn’t notice any real changes in their offense because both Keith and Jake are great athletes and can make plays with their legs and have and will,” Neuheisel said.
Sarkisian was also asked if there are any subtle differences in the styles of Price and Locker and said: “Keith obvioulsy doesn’t have the size that Jake has. Jake is a very powerful guy, runner and thrower. Keith is probably a little bit quicker, has a quicker release, more of a sudden movement guy. Those are the two biggest differences (going) from a powerful, explosive guy in Jake to a quicker release, quicker movement guy in Keith.”
Sarkisian also said again that he thought Price “played well” against Oregon and said that he could have gotten more help with a fewer dropped passes and penalties and better protection on a couple key plays (notably the first deep pass).
“We didn’t help him out too much,” he said.
Neuheisel, meanwhile, said that even though he has already made an appearance at Husky Stadium with UCLA in 2008 that he would again be looking forward to returning. He said “it’s always a big deal to come back to Washington. I have fond memories of my time there and I still have a few friends up there that it’s always good to see again. So I always look forward to that game from that standpoint.”
He also said that he agreed to the switch to a Thursday night because he felt that like UW, UCLA is attempting to get its football program back on track and he thought the visibility of playing in a nationally televised game would be a benefit.

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