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May 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Wednesday night links — Sarkisian says Locker’s “bad habits” are fixable

Some interesting stuff here from ESPN.com from UW coach Steve Sarkisian talking about Jake Locker’s NFL hopes with a Nashville radio station.

Most interesting for UW fans may be his assessment of what Locker had to work with at Washington. Said Sarkisian:

“Part of it is, I wish we were better up front for him, to be quite honest with you. And I think throughout his career starting as a red-shirt freshman and being a four-year starter, you can create some bad habits. And those bad habits can get magnified if the protection isn’t as good as it needs to be. So I think there are some habits there that are easily fixable and I know [offensive coordinator] Chris Palmer and those guys on the offensive staff are going to get that done. But from a physical standpoint, you go out and throw in a T-shirt and shorts, he throws as good as anybody. There are some concerns I know everybody had about him in the pocket with guys rushing around him. And I don’t think it’s a lack of courage or awareness, it’s because the guy got beat up so much he knew he had to escape and go make plays out of the pocket.”

Obviously, the hope is that the front is on the mend with the influx of the seven linemen from the Class of 2010. How quickly those guys progress will go a long way toward determining how quickly UW gets back to elite status as a program.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Oregon coach Chip Kelly told Oregonian columnist John Canzano he isn’t worried about conference foes trying to figure out his system.

— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel says Arizona State is a national title sleeper.

— Former UW president Mark Emmert has been in the news all day with his response to a Department of Justice letter asking about the BCS.

— ESPN.com also asks if the Big 12’s nine-game conference schedule is fair. That’s a question Pac-12 coaches are also asking about their own conference.

All for now.

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