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Originally published Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 5:14 PM

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Hugh Millen speaks out on Huskies, Seahawks

KJR analyst Hugh Millen, a former Washington Huskies and NFL quarterback, is a fan of Jake Locker. Tyrone Willingham and Barbara Hedges, not so much.

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KJR radio analyst and former UW and NFL quarterback Hugh Millen talked Huskies and Seahawks in a live chat Thursday. Here are the highlights:

Q. You have been a relentless supporter of Jake Locker. On your hierarchy of great UW quarterbacks, where does he fall?

Millen: I've been a relentless supporter of his athleticism and humanity, for lack of a better word. I think he's probably top five, but Tui remains at the top, in my opinion. But I never saw any of the other greats prior to Sixkiller.

Q. What are the odds Chris Polk will enter the 2011 NFL draft, and what does Chris have to gain by staying?

Millen: I'm concerned someone will get in his ear and explain to him that he's got maybe six more years to play, on average, and he might as well get paid for all six.

Q. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much damage did Tyrone Willingham do to the UW?

Millen: 10.

Q. What were your initial thoughts when Sark was hired? Obviously a ham sandwich would have been an upgrade.

Millen: The ham sandwich without the ham would have been an upgrade. Truthfully, a little underwhelmed, but since the hiring his performance has exceeded what could have been my reasonable expectations.

Q. What's been your overall evaluation of Pete Carroll as a coach in his first year?

Millen: My concern for players' coaches has always been that the team would respond favorably early on, but a lack of discipline could creep in over a longer period of time.

Q. If Matt Hasselbeck asked your opinion whether he should stay in Seattle next year or move on, what advice would you give?


Millen: I think the Seahawks need to make more of an effort to improve the offensive line. Otherwise, it might be wise for Matt to move on.

Q. How much progress has Sark made in repairing relations with former players?

Millen: Infinitely more so than with Ty. Neuheisel earned himself a lot of grief due to his reckless disregard for the best interests of the UW. Sark has been the anti-Neuheisel in that regard. Very respectful of the history and potential of Washington. We all know the UW is not the mecca of college football, but there is a not-insignificant history. And Sark respects it.

Q. How do you really feel about Barbara Hedges?

Millen: Hedges was in charge of nonrevenue sports at USC. That was a good place for her.

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