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July 24, 2008 1:04 PM

Huard working for ESPN, more Locker comments

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few more notes from KJR's coverage of media day:

--- Dave Mahler interviewed Brock Huard as Huard was in LA per his new duties working with ESPN/ABC as an analyst for Pac-10 broadcasts this season. This is a good move for Huard, who has steadily been working his way into this business the last few years. I think he turned down a chance to work for ESPN doing games in other conferences last year because of the travel.

Asked about the Huskies, Huard said he has talked often with his brother, Luke, a graduate assistant for the team, and been told that the new assistant coaches have "said we have enough talent to win eight games. Now we are young, that's the challenge. Can it happen? Yes. Is it more difficult (because of the youth)? Absolutely.'' Huard said he thought the assessment of the talent from the new coaches particularly revealing because "they bring an unbiased opinion'' having not really been involved in the recruitment of the players.

--- Mahler concluded his day there with an interview with Jake Locker.

Locker said he hasn't changed anything mechanically with his passing this summer instead focusing on his knowledge of the offense, saying getting more confident in what he is doing will improve his accuracy. "I said in the spring I felt more confident in the offense and that that made a big difference for me,'' he said.

Asked about the new receivers, Locker said "they were able to play fast and very athletic'' during summer workout sessions saying they "will cause some problems for some defenses. It's been fun seeing them try to grow and mature in their positions.''

Asked about the expectations for the team, he said: "We believe nobody is going to expect more out of us than we are, so that's what we are focused on right now.''

And asked about opening with Oregon, a team that has won four in a row against UW, he said: "It's time that we put our foot down and make a stand for ourselves.''

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