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November 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Sarkisian says there’s still no final word on Locker

Officially, there is still no definitive word on the playing status of UW quarterback Jake Locker against UCLA Thursday.
Unofficially, he looks like a guy who will play against the Bruins.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after Tuesday’s practice that Locker had not yet received medical clearance to play, that the doctors wanted to watch Tuesday’s practice and then meet with Locker and decide.
“They wanted to evaluate him after practice,” Sarkisian said — he had indicated earlier in the week that he would know by the time practice began on Tuesday.
What those doctors saw in watching practice is Locker take the normal amount of snaps that a first-string quarterback preparing to play in a game two days later would take.
Locker ran around and threw and looked just fine, his fourth straight day of work, seeming to pass the test of being able to survive a hard week of work.
“He did a nice job,” Sarkisin said. “On my end he did a great job. But I’m not a medical expert. I don’t know if I could go to school that long.”
He may also want to try to leave UCLA guessing. He said later that he wasn’t sure he would let the media know what the final word is from the doctors.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, however, has said repeatedly all week he expects Locker to play.
Responded Sarkisian: “Well, he probably knows our doctors pretty well. Maybe he knows more than I know.”
Sarkisian insisted that he still didn’t know what the final word would be.
“In a perfect world yeah, I’d love to know,” he said. “I would have loved to know Saturday for sure. But the reality is we’ve got a gameplan that is conducive to both quarterbacks and to their strengths and to our team’s strengths, so either way we will be fine. I like what we are doing. We’ll be ready to play.”
Keith Price took the snaps with the first team that Locker did not get, and Sarkisian said it doesn’t really matter which QB the Huskies end up playing (which raises the obvious question of why keep it a secret, but I digress. …)
“We’re not going to change our scheme and our game plan isn’t going to change,” he said. “Keith had a great week of work. I like our game plan and let’s go execute it with whichever guy is back there.”
In the only other real personnel news, safety Sean Parker wore a red jersey throughout practice but Sarkisian said he is fine to play against the Bruins.

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