After sitting out to start the week, Washington quarterback Jake Locker was back at practice on Thursday and participated fully. Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian took it slow with Locker for the second week in a row in an effort to let his body heal from the pounding it’s been taking. Just like last week, Locker rested for three days before going full-bore during Thursday’s practice.
Earlier in the week, Sarkisian was worried Locker would be limited against Arizona, but is now much more optimistic about Locker’s ability to be mobile and use his legs against the Wildcats. The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta talked to the Husky head man about this weekend’s game and, specifically, Jake Locker.
“I thought he had a nice practice,‘’ Sarkisian said. "I thought he looked good. Threw the ball well, ran well, really locked into what we were trying to get accomplished. So looks like he’s ready to go.’’
Sarkisian said that Locker :looked like he looked last Thursday’’ and that he doesn’t think Locker will be limited.
With Locker rested and feeling better, the Huskies should be able to roll him out and make use of his running in the gameplan on Saturday. With Arizona boasting a formidable defensive line, Locker’s legs will be a huge factor for Washington. If he can avoid the rush and make the plays he’s capable of, it will go a long way toward UW pulling the upset.
Locker and the Huskies take on Arizona this Saturday in Tucson at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.