Player Interviews: Vonzell McDowell | Cody Ellis
Fall Camp Central
Aug. 9, 2007
SEATTLE - If there's one player on the field during Washington's daily practice sessions who might be excused for feeling a bit of pressure, it would probably be Jake Locker, the Huskies' second-year quarterback who's slated to see his first college action as a starter when the UW takes on Syracuse Aug. 31.
However, Locker, true to his reputation, is much too composed to admit feeling any sort of pressure. Conversely, he seems ot get only more excited as the stakes rise.
Thursday, he took a moment to let Husky fans know how the first week of fall camp has gone for him and his teammates.
"I think we're playing really well, getting better every day," he says. "Things are going smoothly. Everyone's playing hard and having a lot of fun."
Locker is one of four quarterbacks on the current Husky roster, along with senior Carl Bonnell and freshmen Ronnie Fouch and Taylor Bean. He's likes what he's seen so far from his two younger fellow QBs.
"Ronnie's really coming along well," Locker says. "I think he's more comfortable with the offense now that he's been here for a spring and a summer. He really makes good decisions. Taylor, this is his first camp, so he's still learning the offense and getting to know things. But he's progressing well."
As for himself, Locker seems to be comfortable as he gets ready for his second year of college. With one year under his belt, he has, not surprisingly, gotten out of the blocks more quickly this year than last.
"It's been a easier for me this year," he explains, "just because last year I came in and had to learn all the offense at the same time as trying to play. That made things stressful and more tiring. I feel like I've had a lot more energy this camp and I've been able to perform at my best."
And, while most "regular" people might figure that the pressures of entering a season as the presumptive starting quarterback, never having yet played in a college game, a rather daunting prospect, Locker looks at it differently.
"I'm not nervous at all, I'm excited," he says. "I'm want to start playing."
Now just three weeks and a day shy of the season opener at the Carrier Dome, Locker has already begun to think about getting out on the field for the first time.
"Obviously, we're all focused on our first game right now," he concedes. "It's the most important game on our schedule right now, so I think everybody's looking forward to it. It'll be a lot of fun."
The Huskies were scheduled to practice in pads for the first time this fall Thursday afternoon. Friday, the Dawgs will undergo their first day of two-a-day practices, with full-squad workouts in the morning and the afternoon.
Saturday is Picture Day at Husky Stadium. Fans can take the field at 1:30 p.m. and meet all the UW players.