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March 8, 2009 10:13 PM

Locker "just about 100 percent''

Posted by Bob Condotta

Had a chance to talk over the weekend with Steve Sarkisian, some of which will be used for a story down the road.

But among the things I asked him was the condition of QB Jake Locker, who missed the last eight games of last season with a broken thumb.

Sarkisian said that Locker "is just about 100 percent and progressing well.''

Coaches can't watch the players in any actual football drills at the moment, but Locker is participating in voluntary sessions with his receivers and Sarkisian said "he feels really good and all the reports back are really good. We are excited where he is and he has three more weeks here until spring ball when we will be able to get a really fair evaluation of him.''

Locker has been able to work with coaches in terms of watching film and going over the playbook, and Sarkisian said he thinks that learning process is also coming along well.

"Obviously some of the schemes are different than what we have done before,'' Sarkisian said. "But he's been around a lot of football, so that helps.''

Then Sarkisian said inherting Locker as he heads into his redshirt junior year reminds him of the first QB he coached at USC in 2001, who was also entering his redshirt junior year.

"It's very similar to me of the same stage where Carson Palmer was at USC heading into his fourth year,'' Sarkisian said. "He had played a lot of football but he still had a lot to learn and was willing to learn. I think Jake has had a great attitude about it, is willing to learn and wants to learn and wants to be great.''

Palmer, of course, won the Heisman Trophy as a fifth-year senior in 2002.

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