Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Seattle Times: Locker ready, either way for UW

UW Notebook

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By Bob Condotta

Jake Locker says he's ready for anything his coaches want him to do. Johnny DuRocher says simply that Locker is ready. "I thought Jake was ready in August," said DuRocher, a junior quarterback for the Huskies who has become tight with Locker, a true freshman. "I still think he's ready. I think if he gets an opportunity to play on Saturday, I think he would do just fine."  Coaches will apparently use practice this week to figure out if they think Locker is ready, as well. They reiterated Tuesday, in the wake of the news that Isaiah Stanback is out for the year with a foot injury, that Carl Bonnell will start Saturday at Cal. But after that, the position is in flux. "I think we will go with Carl and just see what happens," said offensive coordinator Tim Lappano.

Lappano said Bonnell would get most of the reps in practice this week but that DuRocher and Locker would also get some snaps with the first unit.

"We will explore all options this week in practice," Lappano said. Coaches have been attempting to redshirt Locker this season, but Stanback's injury could change those plans. The Huskies need to win two of their final five games to get to a bowl game, and if they decide Locker gives them the best chance of doing that, they might decide to play him. Locker said Tuesday that's fine with him.



• CB Dashon Goldson, who aggravated his troublesome ankle Saturday, was noticeably limping during practice Tuesday.

• James Montgomery, a running back from Rancho Cordova, Calif., was one of the first players to commit to UW after Willingham took over as coach, and was regarded as the centerpiece of the Class of 2006 along with Locker. But shortly before signing day, he changed his mind and ended up at Cal, instead. He's redshirting for the Bears this year, however, stuck behind three veteran running backs, led by Marshawn Lynch.


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