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Monthly Archives: June 2009
We have had a lot of e-mails asking specific questions regarding Jake’s plans with baseball & how it will affect his football future. There have been a lot of articles written on the subject, and most say the same thing: Jake’s priority is football and that won’t change. To the few opposing Pac-10 fans that e-mailed us their well wishes in baseball, keep the celebration to a minimum; Jake isn’t leaving UW until he accomplishes his goals on the football field.
As he and his dad Scott have reiterated, this year is a different situation since he was taken so high by the Anaheim Angles in the MLB draft (10th round) compared to when he was drafted out of high school (40th round). And, because the contract would provide the Angels with 6 year rights to Jake should he eventually choose to work towards a professional baseball career, the 6 years would give him a chance to enjoy the final 2 seasons of college football and ample time to pursue his NFL aspirations. With significant financial implications and an option to work with a great franchise like Anaheim, it gives Jake a one of a kind opportunity if pro football doesn’t work out as hoped.
As long as Jake does not hire an agent–he plans on having his father be his main representation when discussing details with the Angels–he is and will remain eligible to play his final 2 football seasons at U.W. He would, however, be released from his scholarship if an agreement was reached but most likely the cost of college would be compensated through the professional contract.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times does a great job of answering a lot of your questions here and provides comments from Scott Locker as well. If we get an opportunity to ask Scott or Jake some additional questions, we will post them at our earliest opportunity.
In case you missed it, here is last last Tuesday’s Brock and Salk interview with Jake. The interview is 17 minutes into the clip–the guys talked to Jake as he was preparing to go see game 2 of the UW Women’s softball championship game in Oklahoma City, a game they later won to take the college softball national championship.
In the interview Jake talks about the process of recruiting, the new coaching staff, and how he feels that he has improved on his fundamentals since last season.
He also commented to where he believes the UW Football program is headed now:
“It’s headed in the right direction…..I think we are on the (way) up and I think things are only to get better from here. I am excited about where we’re going to go.”
He also mentioned that he is “inspired” by the opportunity that the girls have (going for a championship) and that “it is definitely something I want to be a part of.”
A big thank you to Dave Sizer (davesizer.com), a local freelance photographer who provided this and other great images.
A day after an 8-0 shutout the Huskies Softball Team held on for a 3-2 decision , giving the ‘Dawgs a 2-0 World Series victory over the top-ranked Florida Gators that brought the national championship to the University of Washington. The team and their leader, pitcher Danielle Lawrie, were impressive on offense and defense on their way to the clinching win in the best-of-3 series.
Jake was in attendance at the Oklahoma City series for the last 5 days to root on the softball team, and the Seattle Times had a chance to catch up with him at the game. He mentioned that being a part of the last few days got him excited for the upcoming football season and hopefully some similar successes. “To experience this atmosphere, the support and the camaraderie around the team is a neat experience,” Jake told the Times. ”And, I’m not going to lie, I’d love to be a part of. It’s something I’m going to strive for in the years I have left.”
We congratulate the lady Huskies for their monumental achievement, and we hope that the football team can continue an already stellar year for Washington athletics.
In case you missed it, here is a link to an interview with Coach Sark, conducted by Dave Curtis of the Sporting News.
An excerpt from the interview:
There’s been interest around the country on Jake Locker fitting into your scheme. How would you describe the work you’ve done with him?
“The first half of the spring, so much of it was teaching just a style of play. This is how we want our quarterback to play. By the second half, it was just great. The ones on both sides of the ball, they just kept getting better and better. For Jake, the last seven practices were among the best football I’ve seen him play.”
In the article, Curtis also asks about the development of Jake in the new offense, the offense as a whole, and his relationship with Pete Carroll.