TNT reporter Eric Williams went up to UW today, while I worked on other things.
Here’s the beginning of his report for the Wednesday paper:
Even with his right arm in a sling and a soft cast protecting his surgically repaired thumb, University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker mulled the possibility of getting on the field.
Locker said his surgery went fine during a press conference with reporters on Tuesday, and confirmed he’ll likely be out six to eight weeks until the right thumb on his throwing hand heals. However, asked if he would consider returning early from the injury to help his team at another position, Locker left little doubt.
"I’m definitely open to it," Locker said. "I’d rather be playing than sitting on the sidelines. Whatever is in the best interest of this team, whether it’s playing or not, I’ll give it a shot."
And her are some of his other notes from the day:
Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said running back David Freeman has two bad ankles and probably will not play this week. The Huskies will rely on a three-back rotation of Brandon Yakaboski, Brandon Johnson and Willie Griffin. … Lappano also said the offensive line had its best game of the season against Stanford, playing more physical and with better technique. In particular, Lappano singled out the play of senior center Juan Garcia. "It wasn’t where we need to be yet, but it was pretty good," Lappano said. … True freshman Anthony Boyles and Cody Bruns could see some time this week, according to Lappano. …D’Andre Goodwin said he has hurt ribs but expects to play this week. Goodwin was limited in practice.