No word about the NFL Draft proceedings came during the Huskies' near two-hour practice Thursday, but it didn't take long for quarterback Jake Locker to find out who was selected No. 1.
It was the quarterback who returned for his fourth season.
It was Oklahoma's Sam Bradford.
And for all intents and purposes, the revelation made Locker – widely considered the odds-on favorite to be taken No. 1 in 2011 – one satisfied dude.
"I think it's a good message for everybody that you can come back and play your senior year, and still fulfill your NFL dreams and aspirations at the level you could have the year before," Locker told four or five reporters after practice Thursday.
"It's a good message for everybody in college football."
The post-practice plan for Locker was simple:
"It's exciting when you play with guys … for four years," Locker said. "And it's fun to see them make that step to the next level."
Locker doesn't know Bradford very well, but he has gotten to know Notre Dame product Jimmy Clausen, with whom he's attended a couple of quarterback camps.
"I haven't (talked to him this week)," Locker said. "I'm sure he has a lot going on, don't want to bother him with any more than he needs. Once it all settles down, I think I'll give him a call to see how the whole process went for him."
That's not to say Locker hasn't been unaware of how many interviews, or how many times Bradford has showed up on television this week leading up to the draft. This is how No. 1 gets treated.
"I'm sure he's had a lot of things going on," Locker said. "But I think that's the nature of the beast at this point."
Coach Steve Sarkisian called it a "sprained PCL (posterior cruciate ligament)," and that it wasn't deemed serious.
Ta'amu later did non-contact stuff with his position group. Sarkisian said he "dinged an elbow."
"I think Chris is playing really well," Sarkisian said, noting the junior's blocking was the best of the group.
Is the second-year coach concerned?
"I'm not concerned. He had a good year last year and he wasn't stellar last spring. This is an opportunity for those guys to work the battery combination (with long snapper Brendan Lopez and holder Cody Bruns.
"It's not just the kicker; it's the snap the place and the kick. And it takes time to find that rhythm. He'll get it. He'll be fine."