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April 2, 2008 9:24 AM

Locker feeling confident

Posted by Bob Condotta

For my main story today I wrote about Jake Locker and his hopes for showing improvement in his passing during his second spring practice as a Husky.

Locker says he thinks being more comfortable in the offense --- which means less thinking about where he's going with the ball --- as well as simply throwing more passes and getting more repetitions will lead to more consistency with his throws.

Locker said he isn't changing anything in his mechanics, though offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said there are a few tweaks being made.

"We're trying to get him pushing the ball up and over the top,'' Lappano said. "He has a tendency sometimes when he gets in trouble that he overstrides on that and it sails out. We've studied that time and again over the winter and he's very aware of what he needs to do. He's worked extremely hard this winter.''

Locker said he can tell a difference in his comfort level entering his second spring.

"I'm excited,'' he said. "Last year I didn't really know what to expect going into spring ball. Now I know what it's all about, I have an idea and have a year under our belts, and I can be a little bit stronger of a leader this year throughout camp.''

Locker said he has a much better understanding now of the things he needs to work on having gone through a full season.

He said there were many pass routes UW used last season that were new to him.

"We never really had thrown intermediate (routes) in high school,'' he said. "It was more three-step or play-action downfield, so the 12-20 yard routes where you've got to put a little more touch on them and can't just throw it as hard as you can I had to learn how to throw. Just getting the repetitions in the off-season I think will hopefully in a higher percentage this spring.''

Locker said it took him about a month to recover fully from the bumps and bruises suffered during the season but that he feels as good as new now --- he said he weighs about 230 pounds.

The hits he took last season, he said, have made him realize he needs to "be smarter'' in how he runs and he says he will pick and choose his battles more carefully next season.

Locker also talked about his summer baseball plans saying again they won't interfere in any way with football. He'll said he'll get a schedule of summer football workouts and then get with his baseball coaches and figure out what games he can play.

I also wrote this notebook for today that covered the Savannah-Hasty situation as well as a few other topics.

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