He's in lockdown from reporters, learning how to become a shutdown cornerback.
Nobody's week on the Huskies roster has been more interesting – more transitioning – that Anthony Boyles, the uber-talented receiver who hasn't found his way much on the football field.
During the bye week, UW coach Steve Sarkisian did the ol' switch-e-roo with Boyles, the redshirt freshman who at 6-foot-3 would easily be the team's tallest defensive back – a la Richard Sherman at Stanford.
Boyles has shown a great deal of ability, but Sarkisian noted the coaches would be "fools" if they gave him a huge workload Saturday against UCLA.
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"There are some things coverage-wise that are challenging for him, from checks to different techniques, so I don't think it would be fair to him to go out there and play every down," Sarkisian said. "If there are some opportunities to play him, we will."
To get another opinion about how Boyles is coming along, how about a few words from the guys facing him in practice – the receivers.
Or just watch.
On a one-on-one press drill, Boyles was up against Devin Aguilar, a pretty sturdy player despite his smaller stature. When Aguilar released off the line, Boyles immediately extended his arms to disrupt the route – and nearly knocked Aguilar to the ground.
The rhythm of the play was killed, and Aguilar was nowhere near the pass.
"He reads routes because he's played receiver," said Jermaine Kearse, one of the starting receivers. "He has long arms, he's a big (cornerback). He gets hands on you, it's hard to get them off. That's one of the good things he has."
And off the line, he has the quickness to stick with any receiver, at least on the UW roster. His length also makes it difficult for quarterbacks to stick the football in a safe place.
All week, Kearse, Aguilar and Jordan Polk have tried to get in Boyles' head, at least verbally. And all week, Boyles has responded by making plays.
"That's our boy, we're just having fun," Polk said. "I'm glad he's happy with what he's doing."
A bit of good news from practice Thursday:
• Here were Sarkisian's exact words on the status of quarterback Jake Locker for Saturday.
"I expect him to play," the coach said. "We won't hold back."
That is because Locker (deep right thigh bruise) cleared the biggest hurdle Thursday – showing no hindrance in his lateral movement – rather easily as he took the majority of first-team snaps.
"He ran really well, man. I was really, really impressed," Sarkisian said. "He was a little sore earlier today from yesterday’s practice, but he looked good today."
• Then the bad news – defensive tackle Cameron Elisara (neck stinger) will not travel with the Huskies on Friday, marking his second consecutive missed game and prompting the question whether the team has seen the last of his services this season.
Linebackers E.J. Savannah (broken left wrist) and Jordan Wallace (left knee), who tweaked his knee during a tackle in practice Wednesday, also will be left off the travel roster.
• Five safeties – Nate Williams, Nathan Fellner, Jason Wells, Victor Aiweya and Greg Walker – will likely see action Saturday, the first-year UW coach said. Williams and Fellner are expected to start.
• A couple of Sarkisian's siblings attended UCLA, prompting reporters to ask the coach who the family was pulling for Saturday in The Rose Bowl.
"Oh, the Huskies," he said.
None of them rooting for their alma mater?
"Just … a piece of paper," he added. "Not at heart."