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August 18, 2008 12:14 PM

QB Locker back, limited

Posted by Tom Wyrwich

As you might imagine, UW coach Tyrone Willingham did not get into too many specifics today about the return of quarterback Jake Locker to practice.

"No concerns there," Willingham said.

He said Locker fits into a group along with C Juan Garcia and G Casey Bulyca where "we'll be very cautious with them and limit what they can do. They will do some things, and other things they will not do."

When asked what he and doctors saw in Locker, Willingham said, "Jake. That's what we saw: Jake. Jake's eager, anxious and ready to get involved.

"There's no question, what we have to do is definitely put limits on him. Because he wants to be back, and he wants to be going. We have to be very careful, because he's what I call an instinctive player. His instincts take over, and he just goes."

As noted in the last post, Locker wasn't the only player back today.

"We said our injuries would be day-to-day for the most part, and that's exactly what it was," he said. "We had some come back today, and some that were limited in what they could do."

The team scrimmaged for an hour and 50 minutes on Saturday, and Willingham said he was most impressed with the running backs. He, as you might imagine, would not single out just one.

"They showed pretty deep that they can run the football," Willingham said. "Had a lot of broken tackles, and that's what you look for: how can you gain the extra yards."

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Posted by poster

12:41 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Good news on the running backs, hopefully that's not an indictment on the linebackers. I would imagine it is more of a good sign for the RB's though.

Glad Jake gets the reps, but hopefully he's not coming back too soon. I guess we just have to trust the medical staff and Jake, and if it doesn't turn out right, they made the decision they thought was right at the time.

And from the previous thread:

"I propose a cease-fire on the Willingham as coach issue until after the first game.

People understand each other's sides, but just aren't convinced by the facts. The body of work is not going to change before we hit the field again. Then we'll have more evidence, and it'll be a more appropriate time to address the argument (albeit, the game will be better post material than that issue).

Sound like a good idea?"

Posted by Craig

12:51 PM, Aug 18, 2008


Here is what Dennis Dodd wrote about the huskies in his Pac-10 preview: "The latest is that Jake Locker hamstring strain could be a tear. If that's the case, the Huskies are done. The running game -- no, the entire offense -- is on Washington's wonderful dual-threat quarterback. Check back on the team's mental well being after it opens against Oregon, BYU and Oklahoma."

A tear??? I just hope this is another usual DD clueless report.

Posted by charlie

1:05 PM, Aug 18, 2008

there is a story about jake on

Posted by Steve

1:13 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Locker is fine. They wouldn't be letting him practice if it were a serious tear. Lappano himself said they NEEDED Jake back a week before the Oregon game. Would they be letting him take part (even a limited part) in practice a week before they really need him if he wasn't feeling better? Not a chance.

Posted by fang

1:24 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Old Doc Willingham, who refuses to use modern technology such as MRIs, hasn't described the injury in detail. But Jake's father, who by the way does live in 2008, took Jake's MRI into account and told us it was a tear, though a very small one and to the side -- not meant to be serious. Have to say though, I'm a bit worried that the good doctor is now reiving his earlier forecast that the patient would be well soon and is now saying Jake can't go 100 pct for some time. Sure its nothing that one of Granny Clampet's remedies can't cure.

Posted by Huskiebob

1:45 PM, Aug 18, 2008

It is not Ty Willingham's job to be Dr. Kildare to the media or the betting publice, bookies, etc. His job is to coach football.

As for a moritorium on the coaches, how about witiing until the end of the season in lieu of the end of the Oregon game. You are not going to hire him for additional years based on one game are you? Therefore it needs to work both ways. Seems to be a more realisitic and productive approach if you are really a Husky fan.

Posted by poster

1:57 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Huskiebob, I agree with the waiting until the end of the season, but didn't propose that because it won't happen. But in terms of your point, it'd be fine by me if the banter cooled until then, or at least, anywhere beyond the Oregon game cease-fire.

Posted by Fang

2:05 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Fully agree the coaches shouldn't feel like they have to pander to the bookies. but what willingham told reporters at picture day was that he didn't look at jake's MRI because he didn't think he needed to. he could have said he hadn't had time to see it yet, or that he had seen it but didn't want to talk about. rather, he told us he had seen the injury occur and from that alone concluded it wasn't serious. you would have to agree that's pretty strange.

Posted by poster

2:12 PM, Aug 18, 2008

The only way we'd know for sure it was strange is if we had all the information Willingham had (that is, if that was all the info). Willingham probably said that based on something we weren't privy to, that is, he probably heard from someone on the staff that it wasn't that bad and went from there. Without knowing more, it's too uncertain to conclude why he said that (that is, unless someone already had their mind made up and is just using it to support their current view).

Posted by Fang

2:24 PM, Aug 18, 2008

i would encourage you to listen to a tape of the exchange with reporters. i think molly had one up on her blog. maybe still does. don't know for sure who was there, but the reporters asked ty about it several times. ty got pretty defensive about it. he just has no credability with me. only last week he said that the number of injured players this year is about the same as the year before. but bob and others did the research and found that many more are getting hurt this summer. i don't think at all it means that he is a bad coach because players are getting hurt. but ty has got to learn a thing or two about being straight with people.

Posted by dawg dude

2:29 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Bob also said its possible Ty isn't counting the players out for precautionary reasons which from the sounds of it there are anywhere from 2-4 which would bring it much closer.

Posted by poster

2:39 PM, Aug 18, 2008

I listened to the audio many times already. I think my statement is just as correct either way.

Not liking his manner is one thing, but it's a lot higher bar to think we understand the reasons behind why he said what he did.

Posted by sfduck1

2:47 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Your runningbacks were breaking takles. That's impressive since your run defense is so impressive.

Posted by Dawg in the Couv

3:09 PM, Aug 18, 2008

I just don't get it...there is a post about Locker back on the field, albiet in limited action, and the conversation still comes back to Ty. give it a rest. we should be excited that jake is on his way back!

i would much rather they take it very slow getting him back then rush him. as for ty giving us the scoop on his injury, who cares?

12 days and counting until the season starts...TGIFS (thank God it's football season).

Go Dawgs!!!

Posted by WingT

9:47 PM, Aug 18, 2008

Nice try Ty but covering for Locker isn't going to fool anyone. You put Locker in against Oregon's defense and they will eat him alive. Hamstrings are an ugly animal that will rear it's gruesome head at the worst possible moment; the only real cure is rest and time which unfortunately (or fortunately) you haven't got squat of.

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