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Archives: Sep. 2010


Depth chart full of usual suspects; Fogerson No. 2 fullback

Greetings. Back from an unpaid vacation. Don’t ask.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian has moved up his Monday press conference to 11:30 a.m., so here is a quick summary of the depth chart.

Nothing has really changed:

• True freshman Zach Fogerson has officially moved up to the backup fullback spot behind Austin Sylvester (Dorson Boyce isn’t even listed on the 2-deep anymore). Fogerson got lots of repetitions during the bye week.

• Despite having a so-so practice last week, and being replaced by Gregory Christine with the starting unit, true freshman Erik Kohler is still listed as the No. 1

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Colorado, Utah to join Pac-12 next season

Here’s is Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott’s statement on the news that Colorado will join the conference next season, rather than the previously announced 2012 entry:

“We are very excited that Colorado will be joining the conference in 2011. Our plans all along were for them to join the conference in 2012, so this puts the Pac-12 ahead of schedule, which is great news. With Colorado and Utah coming on board next year we are tremendously excited about the future of the conference.”


Jake Locker: “The season is not lost”

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Jake Locker knows things are being said about him.

Whether it’s being discussed on sports talk radio, posted on the internet message boards, reported  in the newspaper or uttered amongst the fans of the Husky nation, his awful performance in Saturday’s 56-21 loss to Nebraska at Husky Stadium has been an endlessly discussed subject.

Most of it hasn’t necessarily been positive.  Then again when you’re  fifth-year senior that was a preseason Heisman contender and complete just 4-of-20 passes in a game, criticism is going to come.

Locker admitted it’s part of the job.

“Yeah, I know it,” he said.

Locker is choosing to embrace Steve Sarkisian’s philosophy of forgetting all games – won or lost – after 24 hours.

“Obviously you think about it right after and watch the film and see what you can learn from,” Locker said. “But if you dwell on it it’s going to continue to beat you.”

So what did he see on the film, particularly that first interception he threw into obvious double coverage on the Huskies’ first offensive play.

“I wish I hadn’t thrown the first one,” Locker said. “He was well-covered. The guy made a really good play, and was in perfect position. Yeah, it’s probably a throw that if I could have had back, I wouldn’t have thrown it.”

Of course, I think we all know the  Nebraska defense had plenty to do with some of the struggles. Locker said as much.

“It was probably the best one I’ve seen since I’ve been in school her,” he said. “They played really well and we reverted back to some things that we haven’t been doing the first couple of weeks, mistakes and mental errors that will cost you against a football team like that. Against a good football team like that, they will make you look like that.”

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Sarkisian disappointed with effort lapses in second half: “That will never happen again.”

Greetings, I will be filling in for Todd for a few days. If I seem cynical and jaded,  blame the Mariners.

Here’s Steve Sarkisian’s opening statement of his usual Monday press conference, which was pretty interesting …

“It’s been 48 hours now and as you guys know we have the 24-hour rule so we are trying to move on. Obviously a disappointing loss on a lot of fronts. We touched on part of this after the ball game. I know we are better than the way we performed and I think our kids understand that. Some things that were disappointing,

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Day after: Jake’s football world a little hazy, confusing

Dark mid-September day. Long road ahead.

Very often in the hours after a game such as Saturday – a 56-21 Nebraska wallop over the Huskies – when the processing begins, usually the dimness lightens and the positives aren’t so hidden among the gloom.

On the forefront:

Punter Kiel Rasp was good in his second start, eh?

• Running back Jesse Callier sure shows more than a burst to get by NCAA Division I defenders, wouldn’t you say?

• No long-snap snafus by Brendan Lopez. Good to see.

Let’s recap where the rest of it stands: Just because the defense had been the “star” unit (I use that term loosely) through the first two games did not mean it was ready to lead this team where it was headed – which these days is a bit uncertain.

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No. 8 Nebraska 56, UW 21 – Final

Not much to detail in the final quarter. Nebraska tacked on its final touchdown on a long drive – 80 yards in 11 plays – that took almost six minutes.

The scoring play – a 19-yard up-the-gut rumble by running back Rex Burkhead – was certainly indicative of the UW’s game-long effort.

Surrounded by three Huskies in close quarters, Burkhead broke free when he should have gone down, with no UW player giving chase.

The 56 points ties a single-game UW opponent record at Husky Stadium. California put up 56 on the Huskies in 2005, in similar fashion – dismantling the run

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No. 8 Nebraska 49, UW 21, End of 3rd

Whatever UW coach Steve Sarkisian parlayed to his team at halftime to get back into the game … didn’t work.

Taylor Martinez rolled down the left sideline on an 80-yard touchdown scamper to start the third quarter for Nebraska – in essence, putting the game away.

The big plays for the Cornhuskers didn’t stop there. Roy Helu Jr. rumbled 65 yards for a score, and Alfonzo Dennard returned an errant Jake Locker pass 31 yards for a touchdown.

The interception at the 8:21 mark capped a three-touchdown explosion is a 6:39 span, giving Nebraska a 49-21 cushion.

In easily his

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No. 8 Nebraska 28, UW 14, Halftime

Don’t know if it was just frustration, or anger over losing a turnover deep in its own end, but Nebraska ran eight consecutive plays right up the middle for its fourth touchdown of the half.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez finished off the 48-yard drive with a 1-yard score – his second short TD run of the game.

The score came on the heels of an odd decision by Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, inserting backup quarterback Cody Green – not the decision itself since he’s played his starter from 2009 at times this season, but the starting field position for his offense, the

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