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One More Year of Montlake Jake

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The Buzz of Seattle yesterday–and all of College Football–was the news that Jake was returning to the University of Washington Huskies for his senior year of football rather than enter the NFL draft. While there was much speculation to what decision he would make and a lot of opinions, Jake made the decision for himself….a decision that Husky Nation won’t soon forget.

A lot of links to choose from after a great day for Jake and the Huskies:

Jake’s dad, Scott Locker, chatted with KJR on Monday. You can find the audio to that interview here. If you want to read about it, the Sporting News has a relatively thorough synopsis of the interview.

Some great news regarding ticket sales for next season since Jake’s announcement: they are doing well.

Art Thiel and Jim Moore of the PI have two takes on the return of Jake. Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times echoes Thiel’s sentiments.

Here are some notes to what Coach Sarkisian’s take on the situation is. A quick summary: happy.

Ted Miller of ESPN.com looks at the 2010 returning quarterbacks in the Pac 10 and likes what he sees.

Also looking towards the future, the Draft Dish says that Locker’s decision was the right one for his future NFL success.

Dave Boling of the News Tribune has a few thoughts on Jake’s decision, including one that money doesn’t always make up or trump life’s ambitions.

And, an opinion from blogger John Berkowitz at UW Dawg Pound.

Jake Returning to UW in 2010

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Jake is returning to the University of Washington for his senior season, ending a lot of speculation that he may be jumping to the NFL.

He released a brief statement via the University of Washington today:

“After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year. I am very excited about this team’s opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”

Locker Named Pac 10 Player of the Week

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Jake was named Pac 10 offensive player of the week after his dominant performance against  Cal last Saturday. Jake was 19-23 passing for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns, and also added 77 yards rushing with 2 more touchdowns in the 42-10 victory to cap Washington’s season.

While Locker was the choice for the offensive player of the week, Arizona defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut were chosen for defensive and special teams players of the week honors.

Jake also earned the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award during Wednesday night’s team banquet. The Flaherty Award, named after its first winner in 1908, is Washington’s oldest and most prestigious individual award.

Locker Leads Dawgs to Impressive Win in ’09 Finale

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Jake led the Huskies to a 42-10 victory over 19th ranked Cal on Saturday night, a fairly flawless team performance that kept the fans clamoring for Jake to return for his senior season. Overall, Jake threw for 248 yards on a near perfect 19-23, with 3 precise touchdown tosses to go along with 77 yards rushing on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns on the ground. The showing was Jake’s most efficient of the season.

After the game, Locker moved up the Washington quarterback achievement charts, including into second place on the career rushing list for a q.b. (66 yards behind Tuiasosopo’s 1556) and 3rd all time passing yards for a season, behind only Cody Pickett’s 2002 & 2003 seasons.

The buzz after the game continued to center around one big question–will Jake move on to the National Football League, or will he return to UW in 2010?

Some thoughts pre-game and post-game from a myriad of sources regarding the game against Cal and Jake’s future:

Pre-Game:

The Seattle PI asks if indeed the Cal game could be Jake’s last game for the Huskies.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times catches up with Scott, Jake’s dad, to pick his brain about “The Decision.”

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The revered Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley asks if Jake will stay or go

A fan’s perspective from the Bleacher Report, and a request for “One More Year.”

The Seattle Weekly asks more of the same about what the future will bring.

And, the Kitsap Sun writes that if this indeed was Jake’s curtain call, it was one worth celebrating.

If you want to see some great images from this game, as well as all of the other Washington home games, don’t miss Dave Sizer’s blog. Dave has provided us images all year–a great contributor to this site!