UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on KJR-AM this morning on the Dave “Softy” Mahler Show and talked about the drafting of Jake Locker as well as a few things about the current team. Here are a few of the highlights.
— Sarkisian said that the QB battle between Keith Price and Nick Montana will continue into the fall and playfully skirted the quesiton of who would start if UW had to play a game today. “The coolest thing about that is it’s a hypothetical question and I don’t answer hypothetical quesitons,” he said. He said that he considers all positions still open going into the fall (though some surely more than others).
— He also said the spring game tomorrow won’t do much to tip the QB battle. As would be expected, he said the playbook will be “pretty vanilla” so as not to give much away to opponents, so from that standpoint “I’m not putting too much into this game tomorrow as far as who is going to be our startinng quarterback.”
— He said the spring game will be as much of a game as possible, with all of the offensive players in purple and the defense in white, but split into teams and on opposite sidelines and all of that. But a few players will have to flip back and forth, particularly on the OL, where he said there will be just nine players available.
— He said the QBs will split reps and split time with the ones and twos, though maybe not quite equally based on how the game goes (simply that it’s harder to control that sometimes in a game).
— As for Locker, he said he thought Locker would be taken in the top half of the draft after “assessing the draft and needs of so many teams that had a need, I predicited in my mind the first half of the first round. I didn’t know when or how, but thought that could easily happen that way.”
— He said the Titans seem like a perfect fit in a number of ways, including that they are thought looking for a veteran QB to potentially play immediately and help groom Locker.
— He said he thinks the adversity Locker encoutered at UW will help him grow into the NFL and that “I still believe this, that his best days are still ahead of him, that as he can go into the NFL and focus on the nuances of the position, his best days are still ahead of him.”
— He also said he thinks Locker being drafted as high as he was can help UW in recruiting, noting that he has now been involved in four QBs taken in the top 10 in the last nine years, but that having one happen at UW helps validate that it wasn’t all simply about being at USC.
— Also, a few of you have asked about accessing Locker’s press conference at Tennessee, set for today at 1 p.m. our time. I assume you can get it here.
All for now.