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Jake Signs 4-Year Contract With Titans

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It seems like April’s NFL draft was long ago and many wondered if this season would ever get off the ground because of the ongoing labor dispute between the owners and players. But, earlier this week the NFLPA agreed to terms with Team Owners and the race towards the season commenced at a frenzied pace.

Meanwhile, Jake has been keeping himself ready to go and once both sides reached an agreement it was finally time to negotiate his player contract with Tennessee. Almost 90 days after the draft and 4 days into the new collective bargaining agreement, Jake signed his deal: a 4 year contract with an option for a 5th year. Jake’s contract comes just in time for the start of an abbreviated training camp as he will be on the field for Tennessee’s first official practice Saturday.

Jake will be joined by new teammate Matt Hasselbeck, former 10-year starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Tennessee acquired Hasselbeck earlier this week to mentor Jake which will allow him to gradually grow into becoming Tennessee’s franchise quarterback.

Jake and Hasselbeck are familiar with each other as they worked out together at the University of Washington’s practice facilities during the offseason.

Last “Three for the Show” Episode Airs Tonight

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A quick reminder that “Three for the Show”, a 3-part documentary that chronicles Jake’s journey from college football to a pro career, will be on tonight at 5:00 p.m. A clip of the last episode can be found here.

A replay can be found on ESPN2 tomorrow evening.

See Jake’s Segment on ESPN’s E:60

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In case you missed it, here is the E:60 feature on Jake, “Money Comes Second,” televised earlier this afternoon on ESPN.

Don’t Miss Jake in “Three for the Show”

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Jake had a very interesting year in his Senior Year at the University of Washington, and now everyone will get to see the behind the scenes action for themselves.

ESPN will be unveiling their “Three for the Show” program on ESPN this Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings), a mini documentary of Jake’s season as he takes the Huskies through the regular season and caps it with a Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska.

If you would like to see a preview of the show, you can view it here. Jake will be one of three Quarterbacks featured in the program as part of ESPN’s ‘Year of the Quarterback’.

Jake Enjoys Stellar Pro Day; Draft Day Nears

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Although the next month will assuredly be busy with invidual workouts, Jake’s last high-profile public workout went as good as he could have hoped for.

With a contingency of pro scouts and media alike watching carefully, Jake put on a throwing spectacle. The near perfect demonstration–with unofficial tallies touting a 38-40 performance–had many pundits clamoring about his continued improvements in his passing game, and even Jake couldn’t help but be satisfied.

“I think that each one I was able to improve on on the last and that’s how I felt today that I was able to improve on my Combine performance and be a little more consistent and fluid,” Jake said following the event. “Very happy with what I did today. I thought it was better. It was more consistent. There were a few throws in the Combine that I didn’t like, that I would have liked to do over again. Today I felt like every ball came of my hand good. I felt confident and it went where I wanted it to.”

Up next for Jake will be private team workouts. He will look to continue to impress his potential suitors before the start of the April 28th NFL draft, a special experience that he plans to view with his close family and friends from his family’s home in Ferndale, WA.

In case you missed Jake’s performance at UW’s Pro Day, you can view the replay on ESPN3.com.

Seattle Times also has some video of Jake here.

Washington Shocks ‘Huskers, 19-7, Captures Holiday Bowl Crown

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The Huskies were happy to be in the Holiday Bowl, and they showed it.

Behind a powerful ground attack led by Jake & Chris Polk–along with a history-making performance by the defense–the Huskies manhandled the Nebraska Cornhuskers 19-7 en route to their first bowl victory since the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Polk ran for 177 yards on 34 carries and Jake added 83 yards rushing to cap a 268 yard team rushing performance against a shell-shocked Husker team. The Husky defense held a strong Nebraska rushing offense to a pedestrian 91 yards rushing on 41 carries, effectively shutting down a rushing attack that had gained 383 yards vs. the Huskies just 3 months prior.

Washington started off fast as the Huskies capitalized on a Alameda Ta’amu fumble recovery on the Huskers’ first possession of the game, leading to a short Chris Polk touchdown run and an early 7-0 lead. The short drive featured a 16 yard reception by Jake on the first play from scrimmage, a play that got the Huskies to inside the 5 yard line.

Leading 10-7 at the half, the Husky offense started the second half much like the first and marched 53 yards in just 4 plays, keyed by a 26 yard Jake to D’Andre Goodwin pass followed by a 25 yard touchdown burst by Jake to take a 17-7 lead. From there, the Husky defense took the reigns and rendered the Huskers ineffective the rest of the game, racking up sacks, tackles for loss, an interception and even the team’s first safety in 7 years, a 2-point score after holding was called in the endzone.

The redemptive win caps a fantastic finish by a 7-6 Washington team that reeled off 4 straight wins, a record that will have the Huskies finish 3rd place in the Pac-10. And, while there have been countless variations of the same question to Jake–’do you regret the decision to come back for your Senior year?’–the victory will help solidify the answer that hasn’t wavered from the start.

“There were some frustrating moments, but this is the best way I could go out. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Jake said after the game. “And to see the program off this way…I’m going to be their biggest fan from here on out.”

The story-book ending to the season and Jake’s collegiate career was a fitting end for a player and a team that has symbolized perseverance over the last 2+ years. And, it appears Jake finished the main goal he made when he started with the program 5 years ago: to get the Huskies back to their winning ways and relevance in the Pac-10.

Jake finishes his Husky tenure second only to Cody Pickett in total passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns. He is first in total rushing yards by a quarterback in Washington’s long history.

A complete statistical recap of the Holiday Bowl can be found here.

UCLA at Washington, Thursday @ 5 p.m.

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After a bye week, the Huskies (3-6) host the UCLA Bruins (4-5) in an unprecedented nationally televised Thursday night game at Husky Stadium.

It will be a game of firsts and lasts, as it will mark the first time the Huskies have hosted a Thursday night game at Husky stadium and the first time they have donned all black uniforms, while it will be the last time Jake and 16 of his teammates walk out the tunnel of Husky Stadium in their collegiate careers.

The game, UCLA’s second Thursday night game in the last month, will also feature a potent Bruin’s running attack that is led by former backup quarterback Richard Brehaut, pushed into action earlier this year with the season ending injury to starter Kevin Prince. Brehaut led UCLA to a last second win over Oregon State two weeks ago.

The Huskies will be honoring 17 graduating seniors before the game, including Jake’s fellow offensive players Cody Habben (OL), Ryan Tolar (OL), and D’Andre Goodwin (WR). Mason Foster (LB), Cameron Elisara (DE), Nate Williams (DB), and Victor Aiyewa (LB) are some of the defensive players playing their last game at Husky Stadium as well.

The game will kickoff at 5:00 p.m., which could snarl traffic and make getting to the game difficult. The Seattle Times has a comprehensive summary of the transportation scenario. For a full game preview, click here for a LA twist, or here for the hometown story.

Next week, the Huskies travel to Cal to face the Bears. It is a 12:30 kick off and will be televised live locally on FSN.

Jake Added to Manning, Walter Camp Award Watch Lists

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In the last couple of days, Jake has earned his way onto the radar of a couple more prestigious award watch lists.

The Manning Award, named after the trio of Archie/Peyton/Eli, has announced Jake is a possible recipient for 2010. While it is another award that is given to the nation’s top quarterback, the player selected is announced after the bowl games are played and the respective bowl performances are taken into consideration.

Jake has also made his way onto a lofty list: the Walter Camp Trophy watch list. The Walter Camp Award is a special achievement that is handed out to the player of the year, no matter the position. Additionally, not only does the Walter Camp Foundation hand out an annual award to the Collegiate Football Player of the Year, but they also recognize their Man of the Year, Coach of the Year, among others. Outside of the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Trophy is the most desirable and significant accolade a football player can garner.

‘Saturdays Are Husky Football’ Campaign Picks Up Steam

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The University of Washington Athletic Department has teamed up with DNA Seattle, a local advertising company, to develop the 2010 media campaign dubbed ‘Saturdays Are Husky Football.’ Jake is heavily utilized in the campaign as his image is used on everything from internet banners and signs at the stadium to bus and print ads littered throughout Seattle. The full campaign created with UW Athletics is to brand Husky Football while promoting tickets for the upcoming season that is now less than 4 weeks away. Roughly 43,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2010 season to date.

The marketing effort has moved to its next phase, starting with a  TV spot that stars “Dubs” the dog (Husky Mascot), and features a Bob Rondeau call of another Jake Locker touchdown. The commercial is currently airing on Fox Sports NW among other places–below is a view of the spot on UW’s YouTube Channel which is part of their greater social media efforts.

Jake Featured in the NY Times

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Jake was highlighted today in the NY Times, a story that detailed his return to Washington for his senior season and gave many people across the country a glimpse of the talented quarterback.

In the story, Jake again reiterates his belief that the current experience of College Football is not one to take for granted.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Locker explained to the NY Times. “I really look forward to the N.F.L. But it’s not going anywhere. You can never go back and play college football.”