Malamute, 5 February 2011
From Main I
Spring to Broadway and up the Hill to Olive. Oh how Grand it is to Hope
to find a Flower on Figueroa. (*)
this year's recruiting war, the UW coaches
put a fence around the state of Washington with a sign affixed to the front gate that
reads, "no-poaching, rabid-dawg-inside." This is especially commendable
considering the widespread interest sparked by WR Kasen Williams, TE
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and DL Danny Shelton, all of whom signed with
recruiting article, we gave the coaching staff a 3.25 grade point
average for their ten positional units of endeavor, which is slightly
less than a B-plus. Nice job, guys.
Bringing in just two offensive linemen was the most disappointing part
of your class, particularly losing 4-star lineman Paulay Asiata to
Colorado on signing day. As a not so gentle reminder, Asiata is sure to
show up on Colorado's offensive line on October 15, when the Dawgs play
offensive line is the most important positional unit on the team, former
coach Tyrone Willingham told us alums and fans at a banquet (Dawg Days
in the Desert) some time ago.
know Steve Sarkisian signed seven offensive linemen last year, and
according to an insider story on dawgman.com, the staff is trucking in
two offensive linemen as walk-ons, presumably looking for another Dan
Kanczugowski (6-foot-4, 325). (#)
quality counts as much as quantity, so I'm told. Note that Washington's
four main adversaries (USC, Oregon, Cal, and Stanford) in this year's
recruiting war signed at least one or more 4-star recruits to the
offensive line, with USC inking two and Oregon three.
miffing on Asiata was a blow to the gut.
Also, unlike other schools
in the conference, Washington must build its offensive line from scratch because of the strict entrance requirements that make it
difficult to enroll Junior College transfers. It's not like Sark can
wear a mage's hat, wave a magic wand, and wait for a Stone Golem to show
up. For example, WSU is
rebuilding its OL with three JC transfers, among other positions on the
needs to float a barge full of offensive linemen down the Montlake Cut
next February with at least two of his Boatswains rated four stars or
counting on it.
The Locker watch:
The following is my response
to those who allege Jake Locker has a problem with his accuracy.
Jake Locker set a school record for total
touchdowns (accounted for) with 82 -- 53 passing and 29 rushing. He
holds the school record for career rushing yards by a quarterback
(1,856) and the single season record (986, 2007). Locker is second to
Cody Pickett in career passing yards (7,583; 2007-2010).
In his last 14 games as a starter, which date back to WSU and Cal in
2009, Locker went 9-5 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-10. Throw out the two
Nebraska games and Locker has a pass-completion percentage of 60.52% for
the other 12 encounters. And this without a tight end to dump it off to
and having to play behind six different incarnations of an
injury-illness-plagued offensive line. The Blackshirts, who finished
third in the FBS
in pass efficiency defense, smothered the Huskies' receivers, forcing
Locker to throw the ball away on a number of occasions.
In his last two seasons, Locker raised his
career passing efficiency from 104.68 (under former coach Tyrone
Willingham) to 118.95 (under coach Steve Sarkisian). Under Sarkisian,
Locker completed 57% of his passes in his 24 starts, with a
pass-efficiency rating of 127.22.
Locker had a most respectable passing-efficiency rating of
142.32 in the Senior Bowl, the best rating of the three quarterbacks
playing for the North; a defensive pass interference penalty robbed him
of a sure touchdown pass. He completed 60% of his passes on the game.
In the 2011 All-Star Football Challenge, Locker and WR Austin Pettis of
Boise State won the quarterback/receiver competition, which was a
measure of accuracy and delivery as far as the quarterback was
concerned. Locker and Pettis beat out the quarterback/receiver
combinations of Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) and Torrey Smith (Maryland),
second, and the combination of Andy
Dalton (TCU) and Jordan Todman (Connecticut), which finished third.
When people question Locker's accuracy, it
is his accuracy from the pocket. He's as accurate as any quarterback in
this draft throwing on the move, so says Mike Shanahan of the Washington
Redskins. "He can do some things outside the pocket that most
quarterbacks can't do."
NFL Combine, Indianapolis, Sunday,
"On Sunday, Jake Locker shined in the
three-cone drill, edging Tyrod Taylor and putting up the fastest time by
a quarterback this year. Locker had already run a sub-4.6 40 and a top
broad jump measurement, but it was the three-cone drill where he came
through in a big way. In it, he put a fair amount of distance between
himself and Cam Newton, beating out the other top quarterback prospects
with ease." -- Brian Floyd, at NFL combine.
"Jake Locker came out and ran a blazing
fast 40-yard dash on Sunday at the NFL Combine, but he also put together
a complete performance in front of the scouts in attendance. Locker,
like most of the top quarterback prospects at the combine, went through
throwing drills at Lucas Oil Stadium, throwing the route tree to a
variety of different receivers. One of those wide receivers, A.J. Green
of Georgia, may just be the top prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.
"Green had high praise for Locker after the workouts in an interview
with NFL Network. Locker said he felt he did well in the workout, but
Green had higher praise. Asked to single out a quarterback in his group,
which included Locker and Ryan Mallett, Green was quick to point out
Locker helped himself and threw the ball well. In fact, he said Locker
has shown marked improvement and put on a show in front of the scouts on
Sunday." Brian Floyd.
"QB, Washington: Locker had a phenomenal
workout Sunday. His work in the agility drills showcased his
athleticism, as he finished the day among the top performers in the
40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drill for QBs.
While most expected him to shine in those exercises, Locker was
surprisingly one of the standouts in throwing drills. He showed accuracy
and touch, while his footwork looked vastly improved from his erratic
performance at the Senior Bowl. He set up with better quickness and body
control at the top of his drops, which resulted in more consistent and
accurate throws. He threw the speed out with excellent timing and zip to
both sides. His touch on the post corner and go-route were also
impressive. Although his workout must be kept in perspective given his
accuracy issues throughout his career, his rapid improvement from the
Senior Bowl will force scouts to evaluate if he is worthy of going in
the first round." -- Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
That's OL Cody Habben
pictured above. He's graduated.
(*) How to remember the downtown
streets in Los Angeles.
(#) Somewhere over on
dawgman.com there is a great insider story written by Scott Ekland, the
subject of which details the Huskies' woes on the offensive line over
the last 10 years.