Monthly Archives: August 2009

Locker Buzz

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As the big game is now just 7 days away, there will be a lot of links coming this week relating to previews of the game. 

Until then, in case you missed it, Ted Miller of ESPN has this great article on Locker seeking a fresh start in 2009.

Also, at “Raise the Woof” last night, the team captains were named. Jake and Ryan Tolar are the offensive captains, along with D.T.N. and Donald Butler on the defense.

Stewart Mandel of Cnnsi.com opens up the mailbag and settles a debate a reader has about Locker….(page 3)

Locker Sharp in Scrimmage

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Jake Locker continued to show his comfort in the new offensive scheme, finishing 12 of 19 for 181 yards and a t.d. during Saturday’s scrimmage in front of a couple of thousand people at Husky stadium. 

The scrimmage included good news all around for the dawgs, as the the team had solid plays on offense, defense and special teams. The wide receivers performed well, as Jermaine Kearse, Jordan Polk and freshman James Johnson made some great plays. Kearse had quite a showing with some catches in tight coverage and a touchdown grab from Locker. Polk showed his speed on a nice reverse run and a couple of catches over the middle, and Johnson continued to impress as he snagged a couple of Locker throws as well, keeping the chains moving.

At running back, the 5 deep of Griffin, Fogerson, Bronson, Polk and Shaw shifted between the ones and the twos regularly. Shaw had the biggest day of all, almost hitting 100 yards for the day, including a shifty 50 yard run where he showed off the speed that made him an important weapon in 2007.

On defense, Everette Thompson had a good day for the second team defense, and the starting linebacking trio of Savannah, Butler, and Foster were all over the field making plays. Quinton Richardson also had some good defensive plays in addition to his kick off return for a t.d.

Overall, a good scrimmage that left the team relatively unscathed as they move towards the September 5th kickoff with LSU.

Scrimmage, 3 p.m. today at Husky Stadium

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The Huskies will have a full-pads scrimmage starting at 3 p.m. today at Husky Stadium. It is free and open to the public.

The practice, 2 weeks before the season opener against LSU, will be one of the last opportunities to see the Huskies scrimmage before they close practice to the public starting the 31st.

Locker on Maxwell, Manning Award Watch Lists

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In the last few days, Jake Locker has appeared on watch lists for two more prestigious college football awards: the Maxwell Award and the Manning Award.

The Maxwell Award, established in 1937, is given to the most outstanding collegiate player regardless of position. There are 55 players currently on the watch list, and the award will be announced on December 10th.

The Manning Award is given out to the top quarterback in the nation. It is sponsored by the All State Sugar Bowl, and isn’t handed out until after the bowl games are concluded. The award is 5 years old, and was created in honor of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning.

20 Days Until Kick Off

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The season opener at Husky Stadium on September 5th versus LSU is near.

#10 is ready for the season to start. Are you?

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Jake signs with Angels, football still priority

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Jake signed a contract with the Anaheim Angels today, providing him future career options and giving the Angels the rights to him should he decide to pursue a professional baseball career in the next 6 years.

Details of the contract have not been revealed, but the agreement means that Jake will relinquish his scholarship as part of the deal and pay his way through the rest of school. Jake plans on continuing to play football for the Huskies and will focus on his role as quarterback.

While there may be large portion of Husky nation who worry about Jake’s future plans, both he and his dad, Scott Locker, have insisted that signing a deal would be a good alternative should NFL aspirations not work as planned, and that his primary goal is to finish out the final 2 years of his college football experience.

Jake was drafted in the 10th round by the Angels in this year’s MLB draft. The Angels, who also drafted Jake in the 40th round after his senior year in highschoo, have continued to reiterate they would be flexible with his college football plans. And, Scott confirmed today that the deal leaves options open for Jake, which has always been the sticking point in the negotiations with the Angels.

Congrats to Jake and kudos to Scott for what must have been a lot of work to get a deal done.

Go Dawgs!

Locker Featured in Seattle Times

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Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times details Jake’s journey over the past 3 years, and talks about the 17 months he has left to write his legacy at the University of Washington.

In the article, Jake speaks about the tremendous expectations given to him since his arrival in 2006. “All of that [hype] was built up by people other than me,” Jake told the Seattle Times. “So I never believed in it. I never bought into it. I was just another player on a team of 100 guys trying to win football games, and I still am. And that will never change.”

When asked if he would alter his choices from the past considering the trials that he has gone through in the last 3 years, Jake said “No, I wouldn’t change it knowing it would be that kind of thing before I came here,” he said. “The experience that I’ve had to this point, football and everything else, has been great for me.

“I love playing the game of football. It’s my passion and I really enjoy doing it. But there are more important things than football. There are more important things in this life than football. So I try not to let [winning or losing] affect who I am and how I go about living life as the person that I am.”

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Locker appears on Davey O’Brien Watch List

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Jake was announced as one of 33 college quarterbacks to be on the Davey O’Brien Award watch list. The award, established in 1981, is given to the best quarterback in the nation. Happenings on and off the field are taken into consideration, as the O’Brien committee is in charge of evaluating the player’s leadership, character, and sportsmanship in addition to their athletic success and ability. The final winner will be announced on December 10th, 2009.

You can find more information at www.daveyobrien.org.