The Washington Huskies Needed This Bye Week To Get Healthy

Ian PetersonCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24: Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies looks to the sideline during the game against the Oregon Ducks on October 24, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 43-19. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Washington Huskies are a beat up team.

There is no question that the lack of depth for the Huskies has led to too much reliance on the teams stars, especially quarterback Jake Locker.

News after this weekend is that Locker is now "questionable" for the UCLA game with a thigh bruise sustained in the Oregon game.

Likewise, starting linebacker E.J. Savannah is out with a broken finger that has been keeping him from full effectiveness.

During the break the coaching staff gave a lot of the starting players the week off, or at least parts of it off to rest up.

The idea was to heal up mentally and physically, the toll of many close encounters seemed to have boiled over in the flat performance in the second half against Oregon. 

The second criteria of the break was to give some of the younger guys the looks at different positions the staff needed to see.

Guys like Anthony Boyles, who came into the team with much fanfare and has yet to see the field, is being tried out at cornerback. Likewise, QB backups Ronnie Fouch and Keith Price have been getting all the reps at quarterback.

This may come in handy if indeed Locker has to sit out the UCLA game. Having two weeks of preparation will help Fouch immensely to step in.

With a bowl game still in reach, the UCLA game is an absolute must win, just to make the breathing room that much easier.

Yet, as much as Fouch may be prepared, Locker will certainly be missed greatly if he is out.