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USC coach impressed with young Washington QB

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long before Jake Locker signed his letter of intent to attend University of Washington, Pete Carroll says he was at his doorstep.

The highly successful Southern California coach came away empty-handed, but remains impressed by the Huskies' redshirt freshman quarterback.

At his weekly meeting with reporters in Los Angeles today, Carroll said the Trojans started looking at Locker early when he was a high school quarterback in Ferndale.

But Carroll says Locker decided early that he was going to stay in Washington state.

Although Washington has lost its last two games, Locker has been a star for the Huskies. He's passed for 704 yards and six touchdowns with six interceptions, while rushing for 361 yards and three TDs in the first four games of his college career.

Carroll calls Locker "a great one" who is "not a normal freshman out there playing."

The top-ranked Trojans will face the Huskies on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

USC might be without two injured starters on defense. Cornerback Cary Harris dislocated his right shoulder against Washington State last Saturday night in Los Angeles and linebacker Brian Cushing has a sprained ankle.

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