The Pac-10 coaches speak at Media Day in reverse order of the previous sseason standings. That means things led off this morning with Washington coach Tyrone Willingham, who brought along quarterback Jake Locker.
Willingham broke no real news. He said his fourth UW team will be a blend of youth and experince and "we think we can hit this thing just right."
He also said:
* his team again has what he considered maybe the Pac-10's toughest schedule.
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* the timing issues (see post below) could be the most significant rules changes for the coming season.
* the key to turning close losses into wins is conditioning that will allow the team to be physically able to finish along with coaches making right decisions, and players handling those situations.
* he hopes center Juan Garcia will be "back at some point during the year." Without a setback he said it would be early season, but a setback at this point would likely cost him the season. He said with Garcia, the offensive line projects as an area of strentgh.
* game situations will dictate if Jake Locker runs as much this season as last. He added that his preference is that Locker doesn't run at all, which drew a laugh.
* the team is young at running back and wide receiver, but that he beleives "we have some talent and hope to bridge experience gap to make it strength not weakness."