We got a few Friday morning minutes with UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. He had several interesting things to say, as always, but like other coaches, he cautioned that some impressions are tentative at least until the team holds its first real scrimmage.
Some of his thoughts:
*Jake Locker is throwing passes in practice and working as hard at rehab as his hamstring will allow. Lappano doesn't think Locker's loss of camp days will retard the offense much, as long as it doesn't reach into game week.
*Lappano said that center Juan Garcia has passed every physical challenge of practice so far, and if that continues he could be in the mix for Oregon.
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*We've heard a lot about the athleticism of this young receiving corps, but Lappano also says the group has pretty good hands. He volunteered Jermaine Kearse, Cody Bruns and Kavario Middleton as having really good hands, and also the consistency of Jordan Polk.
*He said the injuries to running backs Brandon Johnson, Brandon Yakaboski and Terrance Dailey is costing them, but it has really helped the rest of the young runners, who are improving faster through the increased reps.
*Overall, he called this crops of offensive recruits "as good as I've been around."