Monthly Archives: September 2009

Week 4 Buzz

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A lot of excitement around the internet after the big victory last Saturday over the #3 USC Trojans.

Monday:

Finally, somebody in the mainstream media thinks Jake is worthy of a Heisman watch.

And Rivals shows Jake’s stock is rising in its most recent ranking chart.

Tuesday:

Jon Wilner of the Mercury News believes Jake is the best quarterback in the Pac 10.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times says that Jake’s stock has skyrocketed with the Huskies.

Jon Ellsworth of the Bleacherreport.com says that Locker is the best quarterback in the West and should be considered a Heisman candidate.

Wednesday:

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post says that Jake is the best NFL prospect out of all positions in the country. That is big praise.

Pete Carroll still likes Jake’s abilities an awful lot.

Thursday:

The Seattlepi Sports Blog has this nice story on Jake’s relationship with Kyle Roger the success of the fund raising efforts in Kyle’s honor, spearheaded by Jake’s announcement in the media of the cause.

Friday:

Todd McShay, ESPN.com NFL draft analyst, says that Jake has moved up to #7 overall in his player rankings.

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Don’t miss today’s game at 6 p.m. against the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, CA. Look for the game on Comcast College Sports, channel 412-415 depending on where you live.

GO DAWGS!

Join Us In the Run of Hope

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On October 18th, 2009 at Seward Park in Seattle, WA, join a great cause to help advance the research of pediatric brain tumor research.

Jake is passionate about this cause as he was inspired by Kyle Roger, a 7 year old friend of his who passed awaykyle-roger2 in early February of this year. Kyle’s family has a blog that detailed Kyle’s journey, and how they will keep his memory alive with their efforts to help develop cures for kids with cancer. 

Here is a release on the website:

‘Put on your shoes and plan to join us for the inaugural Run of Hope! Every step you take will inspire hope for some child diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Run of Hope is a 5k Run and 3k Walk that benefits pediatric brain tumor research. Seattle Children’s Hospital and it’s Research Institute, the beneficiary of all funds raised, taps into a rich network of academic and industry collaborations to accelerate discovery and translate new findings into therapeutics for children fighting brain cancer. Funds already raised for this research have contributed to the development of Tumor Paint, a fluorescent paint made by the venom of a scorpion, which helps neurosurgeons discern where a tumor begins and where it ends. Being able to see a tumor that ordinarily looks like normal brain tissue enables surgeons to more precisely remove the entire tumor. Revolutionary discoveries like this are making a difference in the lives of children, but more research is needed! You can directly contribute to this important work by lacing up your shoes and participating in the Run of Hope! In addition to a wonderful course at Seattle’s Seward Park for runners and walkers, all participants will be treated to a number of family-friendly activities including games, great food, and amazing prizes!’

For contributions, you can click on this link.

Davey O’Brien Foundation Names Locker Player of the Week

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The Davey O’Brien Foundation, who at the end of the season will award the Davey O’Brien Trophy to College Football’s best quarterback of the year, named Jake their player of the week.

The release on the NCAA Football Website, found here.:

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has named Jake Locker of the University of Washington the O’Brien Quarterback of the Week for week three. Locker, a 2009 O’Brien Watch List candidate, helped the Huskies shock the college football world with their upset over the undefeated and then ranked No. 3 University of Southern California Trojans, a win that landed them at No. 24 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll.

In the Pac-10 Conference opener, the 16-13 win was the Huskies first win over the Trojans since 2001, in what was Pete Carroll’s first season at USC, and ended a seven-game losing streak to the Trojans. USC was also the highest ranked team beaten by Washington at home since Nov. 14, 1981. Junior quarterback Locker completed 21-of-35 for 237 yards and found the end zone on a four yard run, late in the first quarter.

“I can’t really describe it,” Jake Locker said, his voice hoarse following emotional tears. “It’s an amazing feeling to go through what all of us have gone through and to experience what everyone wants to experience when they play college football.”

Washington is on the road Saturday, Sept. 26 as they take on Stanford at 8 p.m. (CST).

Celebrating a Victory & Looking to the Future

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Husky nation is still basking in the afterglow of a monumental win over USC. And the media has taken notice of Jake and the Huskies, who are now ranked 24th in the nation.

Steve Kelley of the Seattletimes.com says that Jake entered into Washington football history with his last drive of the USC game.

Ted Miller of ESPN talks about the celebration at the end, and how it got a little hectic for Jake and Coach Sark. He also quotes Pete Carroll, who said “I think the difference in the game was Jake.”

The Bleacherreport.com has thrown Jake into their following of the top 12 Heisman Candidates.

The Seattlepi.com’s Seattle Sports Blog says that Jake’s superior q.b. play is the difference for UW.

And Chris Mortensen, NFL insider, posted on his Twitter page that if Jake entered the 2010 NFL draft at this point, that he would be one of the top quarterbacks taken.

Epic Victory for Locker & The Huskies

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The Washington Huskies shocked college football nation today at Husky Stadium, beating third ranked USC Trojans 16-13 on Erik Folk’s 22 yard field goal with 3 seconds left. It was the first victory for the Huskies against USC since 2001.

Jake led a great team effort against the Trojans. Locker was 21 of 35 for 237 yards and a rushing touchdown, in addition to leading the offense down the field on the game winning drive. With 4 minutes to go, the Huskies got the ball back after USC tied the game 13-13 and didn’t give it back. Locker made some key 3rd down throws, with great catches by Jermaine Kearse and James Johnson on the drive, ending in Folk’s 3 field goal of the day.

It was a great day for Husky nation. A ton of links to come.

Gameday: USC vs Washington

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Pac-10 season opens up for #3 USC and Washington today, in a match-up at Husky Stadium. Kick off is at 12:30. Some tickets are still available.

CNNSI.com has this article on Jake and the Huskies, as well as a great story on the progress of UW led by Coach Sarkisian.

And, here is a preview of the contest.

Go Dawgs!

Jake & The Heisman

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John McGrath of the News Tribune wrote a story today about how he believe Jake should be in the Heisman conversation.

With 15 players on the watch list on ESPN, there is no mention of Jake. While it may be premature to discuss an individual award when the immediate goal and focus is team success, Jake undoubtedly deserves to be mentioned in the discussion after his performances in the first 2 games.

Week 3 Buzz

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Less than 3 days until the Huskies and Trojans kick off their respective conference seasons against eachother at Husky Stadium.

The Trojans, ranked 3rd in the nation, are 2-0 after winning at home against San Jose State and a thrilling victory at #8 Ohio State last weekend. The Huskies are 1-1, dropping the first game to LSU and winning at home against Idaho last Saturday.

USC Washington FootballLeading up to the nationally televised game against USC, a lot of internet spotlights on Jake and the Dawgs:

Saturday: Buster sports details how intriguing it will be to see watch the USC defense against Jake and the Husky offense.

Sunday: There has been increased clamor about the strides the Husky offense has shown 2 games in, and how well Jake has improved in his passing efficiency.  Jake is currently at 60% completion percentage for the season with only 1 interception.

Monday: Jake spoke to reporters and answered questions on a variety of topics–you can find many of the quotes here. Included in the interview, Jake spoke about getting amped for the game and channeling the emotions: “Football has a lot of emotions involved in the game,” Locker said. ”It’s something that will be addressed to the whole team today. We have to put it behind us and understand we are getting ready to prepare for a good football team and don’t want to give them any reason to prepare or play harder this week. We have to take care of what we can control and that’s practice this week and how we prepare Saturday. Let all that other stuff take care of itself. Don’t need to talk about it, just worry about ourselves and focus on ourselves and go from there.”

Tuesday: Everyone’s favorite Cougar fan, Seattle PI columnist Jim Moore, wrote that “If Locker’s not a Heisman Trophy candidate in the making, who is?”

Wednesday: Tim Booth of the AP writes about how USC Coach Carroll has praise for the abilities of Locker: “I think Jake is one of the best players I’ve ever seen in this conference, in all the years we’ve been here,” Carroll said. “He’s the most extraordinary athlete at the position we’ve seen, and I saw that as a freshman.”

4 TD’s for Locker as Huskies Cruise to Victory

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Jake and the Husky offense was clicking on all cylinders Saturday, as they scored touchdowns on their first 5 possessions en route to a 42-23 victory over the visiting Idaho Vandals.

Jake continued to look comfortable in the pro-style offense as he improved his season percentage to 60%, hitting 17 of 25 passes for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns, in addition to 18 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground.

The junior quarterback made some highlight worthy plays throughout the afternoon, including a signature scramble and pinpoint 35-yard strike to D’Andre Goodwin on 3rd and 14 from the Vandal 41, which led to his own 3 yard touchdown run on the next play.

In describing the dynamic play, Locker said that ” a (defensive) guy kind of got free on the right side there and I tried to get out and I saw another guy so I was just turning to figure out a way to get out of there and not take a sack. Then once I did had a lot of room to work with from the hash to the sidelines, so I just got my eyes downfield to see if a guy could get open and he was running across the field wide open so I just threw it down to him and we were able to convert on a big third down.”

For more details, stats and photos of the game, visit gohuskies.com.

The Huskies now prepare to hose #3 ranked USC (2-0) at Husky stadium this Saturday, a game where the Trojans will be heavily favored. The game will be nationally televised at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.

Week 2 Locker Buzz

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A lot of coverage on Jake from the last week after the LSU game.

The Bleacherreport.com talks about the importance of Jake Locker to the future sucess of the Huskies. Also a thought on the contagious enthusiasm for the Huskies after week 1.

In case you missed it, Coach Sark was impressed with Jake’s first game running the new system. locker-vs-lsu-otto-greule-jr-getty-images“I saw a really good understanding of an offense that is going to allow him only to continue to grow. And I’m very proud of him because the first game in this offense against that defense, I thought he performed very well.”

This, from the Bellingham Herald, that Jake is making huge strides as a quarterback. “The first thing is that his competitive nature is amazing,” (Coach) Sarkisian said of Locker. “The guy just doesn’t quit.”

Here is a preview of the Idaho vs Washington Game, with a focus on the Huskies’ quarterback.

Don’t miss today’s game: 12:30 p.m., Washington vs Idaho, Husky Stadium. Tickets are still available!