Now that Spring practice has completed, I haven't really read all that much about Coach Sark's assessment and vision with Dawg football. This article in SportingNews.com was really special. Out here in Los Angeles, I don't get much coverage of UW. When I do get some needed-action on that front- I find it at Dawgman, Husky Digest and here at the UW Dawg Pound.
And I know we've all bantered about the potential wins and losses for UW football this year. So, I guess it's easy to say we'll win more than last year. Coach Sark doesn't give his prognostication as far as that's concerned, but - he sure as heck is a believer in the boys on the team. He knows he has a helluva quarterback in Jake Locker, it was nice to know he finds that he has 6-deep at receiver, some good tight-ends to fit his scheme, and a solid defense to work with. He also thinks that Chris Polk is gonna be something special. (one thing Coach Sark isn't, is an idealist. he's as pragmatic as they come, so for him to share a few good thoughts on the team in the way and manner in which he did, IS A BIG DEAL) Here's a refresher on what was being said and told:
1. "The whole thing with the spring, when we looked at practices 13, 14 and 15, we were way better than in practices one, two and three"
2. "The first half of the spring, so much of it was teaching just a style of play. This is how we want our quarterback to play. By the second half, it was just great. The ones on both sides of the ball, they just kept getting better and better. For Jake, the last seven practices were among the best football I've seen him play"
3. "One of the biggest issues was, there's no secret the guy's a great athlete. He could start for our defense if he wanted to. But we're trying to show him this thing is a marathon, not a sprint. We need him to start 13 games this year, not four or five."
4. " I think he (Jake) noticed that guys in practice started making bigger plays for him because of where he put the ball. They could catch and run instead of having to twist around to make the catch. He's taken velocity off the ball. He's more comfortable throwing in the pocket with guys around him. And, working with coach (Doug) Nussmeier, we've really hammered home the footwork side of the game."
There's a bunch more good stuff in this interview. Hope all of you guys are enjoying the onset of the summer days before us. Hope you're having a great vacation in the Carribbean, John.