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April 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Monday morning notes and links — Sarkisian on ESPN 710 at 3:15 p.m., Locker draft talk, and more

The Huskies are off today, returning to the field for practice 13 of the spring Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Husky Stadium.

But you’ll have a chance to hear from UW coach Steve Sarkisian today at 3:15 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle with Kevin Calabro and Mr. Husky Jim Moore.

Here are a few other links and notes. …

— Here’s the link of NFL Draft expert Rob Rang and Times’ writer Danny O’Neil discussing the draft prospects of Jake Locker and Mason Foster.

— As part of its series showing classic games involving projected high draft picks, ESPNU will reair the UW-Oregon State game tonight at 6 p.m.

— And part two of the “Three for the Show” documentary airs tomorrow on ESPN at 5 p.m.

— projects Chris Polk as a 1,000-yard rusher this year but not Jermaine Kearse as a 1,000-yard receiver — he had 1,006 last year, the first 1,000-yard season for a UW WR since Reggie Williams in 2003. But UW obviously has what is a somewhat uncertain QB situation and could feature the run more this year, as well as having a deeper receiving corps, which could keep individual numbers down.

— Lots of interesting stuff on Locker here in this column from’s Mike Silver from Dave Razzano, described in the column as “a respected talent evaluator during a two-decade-plus career with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.”

Here’s the first exceprt talking about Locker:

“Everybody says he’s inaccurate,” Razzano said as Locker completed an intermediate pass against USC on the TV behind him. “He’s not – he throws a great ball! It’s a low-percentage offense. There’s never anybody open underneath, and he’s got no protection. You can see it if you look closely enough. People are stupid.

[Brett] Favre went in the second round, right? If you look at their college stats, Favre and Locker are practically identical. Now look at this play: Tell me this guy doesn’t move like Favre, scramble like Favre, throw like Favre. Pretend he has the number four on his jersey. His release is a lot like Favre, too.”

And here’s the second on Locker:

Before I departed, Razzano wanted to give me one, final look at his favorite quarterback in this year’s draft. “Let’s watch Favre,” he said before catching himself. “I mean Locker. Man … I’m calling the guy ‘Favre.’ ”

Watching Locker roll to his right and release the ball just before an oncoming pass rusher arrived, Razzano exclaimed, “Look, he puts his shoulder into it. Look! It’s just like Favre. If people can’t see that …”

I could almost feel the Excitement Meter shaking with seismic abandon. Razzano paused the tape and continued: “My first exposure to Locker, watching a game on TV, I did not like what I saw. He threw errant passes and wasn’t very accurate. But then I saw the tape and realized it’s not him. He had more drops [by receivers] than anyone in the Pac-10, and he was running for his life – his line was probably the worst in the conference. And he still made plays with the game on the line. The guy’s a winner.”

Razzano hit play on the remote and paced around the room as Locker faked a handoff, rolled to his left and threw a touchdown pass to a receiver in the middle of the end zone.

“Look at him here,” Razzano said, “throwing against the grain …”

Quick comment — I’ll assume he didn’t see Washington State last season to call UW’s OL “probably the worst in the conference.” All words to remember five years or so from now.

— Lots of good stuff here on Oregon State, also wrapping up spring drills this week.

— Oregon also still with a week left.

— Only three Pac-12 teams in College Football Live’s pre-season Top 25.

All for now.



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