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Locker Set To Go For Oregon State Game
Release: 10/14/2010
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Oct. 14, 2010

by Gregg Bell
UW Director of Writing

SEATTLE - Jake is a go.

Coach Steve Sarkisian says Jake Locker's thigh bruise "looks fine" and that his indispensible quarterback will start Saturday night against Oregon State.

Sarkisian said following Thursday's final full practice before Washington (2-3, 1-1 Pac-10) plays its homecoming game against the Beavers (3-2, 2-0) that "we did some things with him running, and he responded well."

"I don't think he will be 100 percent. There is a pretty good-sized bruise," the coach said of an injury Locker sustained early in last weekend's 24-14 loss to Arizona State. "(But) it's nice to have him and know that you've got him."

Locker also played last weekend with a bad head cold that left him short of breath and unable to execute any more than three designed quarterback runs. The senior co-captain went to the doctor on Monday and said later that day that he felt much better. He called the leg injury minor.

Two weeks ago, Locker gained 420 total yards in a gutty win at USC. Last week, he supplanted Brock Huard for second place on Washington's all-time yards passing list. Locker now has 6,519 yards. He is also second to Cody Pickett in completions (528), attempts (983) and completions per game (16).

Locker may be without one of his favorite third-down targets again. Sarkisian said that Devin Aguilar's availability for Saturday's game "doesn't look great." Aguilar, who tied a career high with seven catches in last month's win over Syracuse, missed last week's ASU game with a hip flexor injury. The honorable mention for All-Pac-10 got hurt on the last play of the final full practice last week.

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