November 6, 2009
Bruins to host Huskies
It's November. The cruel forced march through October is behind us. Lessons have been learned. It's been learned that effort and native talent alone aren't enough. The future still looks bright; the question is, when does the promise begin to pay off?
There was a glimmer for a bit against Cal. Then it showed through more in the second half on the last day of October, on Halloween. Now come the battles that will decide the 2009 season.
Halloween was a week ago now. It brought with it the Rodgers Brothers and they lived up to their high billing. This week, however, brings one last goblin, left over, it would seem.
Husky quarterback Jake Locker was a maybe, but has turned into a yes. Yes as in he will be the starter.
Locker, the natural born, every down, wildcat offense, the northwest's version of Tim Tebow, is leading the Pac 10 in total offense. Yes, indeed; a nightmare for any defense. But unlike his Florida counterpart, Mr. Locker doesn't come with the same level supporting cast - see team stats as we continue this analysis. If he can play at all or, equally pertinent, if he can play the way the Washington offense needs him to play.
(If Locker can't go the whole game, the Bruins will wind up facing 6-1, 203-pound sophomore Ronnie Fouch. In that case, pressure would appear to be the name of the game - get on the youngster hard and heavy. Rush. Blitz. Whatever. But get in the quarterback's face and get him onto the ground and expect the Bruin defensive backs to hold onto their interception opportunities this time around.
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