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UW’s Locker iffy with deep bruise

Tue., Nov. 3, 2009

College football: Even with a week off, Washington still might not get its best player on the field at UCLA.

A helmet to the thigh nine days ago has left Washington quarterback Jake Locker with a deep bruise in his right leg, and Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday his star QB is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Bruins.

But a few minutes later, Locker said, “I expect to be out there,” when the Huskies (3-5, 2-3 Pac-10) go for their first win at UCLA since 1995.

The injury has lingered to the point where Locker was a spectator during Washington’s three practices last week before its bye. Locker was at practice on Monday and splitting reps with the Huskies’ No. 1 offense.

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EWU’s Johnson player of week

College football: Eastern Washington sophomore strong safety Matt Johnson, who intercepted a Big Sky-record four passes Saturday against Portland State, was selected as the Sports Network national defensive player of the week. He also won the Big Sky award after leading the Eagles to a 47-10 victory.

The four interceptions were the most in a game by a Big Sky player in 20 years and the most by an Eagle in 23.

Idaho’s Veltung player of week

College football: Players from Boise State and Idaho are among this week’s top players in the Western Athletic Conference.

Conference officials picked Vandals kick return specialist Justin Veltung, Bronco cornerback Kyle Wilson and Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews as players of the week.

Veltung, a true freshman, returned the opening kick 94 yards for a touchdown in a 35-34 Vandals victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday. Wilson, an All-WAC cornerback, picked off his first pass of the season and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown in Boise State’s 45-7 rout over San Jose State.


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