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Jake Wins Sports Star of the Year Award

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Jake was honored with the Male Sports Star of the Year award at the 75th annual Sports Star Award Tuesday Night, held at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

The event, formerly hosted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper until last year, was put on by the Seattle Sports Commission. Steve Largent, Edgar Martinez and Lenny Wilkens–among many other local sports celebrities and executives–were on hand for the event. The Washington Huskies women’s softball team also took home honors, including a shared award for female sports star of the year and play of the year.

Jake Speaks About Decision to Return & Next Season

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Jake held a press conference on Friday with Coach Steve Sarkisian, detailing how he came to his decision to return to the Husky Football team for his senior season. He gave some insight to his feelings on next season, and mentioned the team’s bright immediate future was one of the attractive reasons to finish out his Husky career.

 ”Offensively, we were young last year. At the skill positions, we didn’t lose a guy,” Locker said. “They’re all coming back. They’re very talented players. We have a chance to have the All-Pac-10 receivers both on our team. On the outside, we have guys who are very talented, and we have guys coming in who are very talented. We have the opportunity to have an explosive offense. We saw flashes of that toward the end of the year. Now that we’ve got another year to become more comfortable in this offense, and another year to work together in this offense, I’m excited about where this offensive unit can go. And then, defensively, I’m excited as well. We’ve got some good players coming back and some good players coming in too. Overall, we’re going to have a really good football team. Ultimately, that was a factor in my decision. I knew we were going to have a chance to do something that I haven’t done since I’ve been here, go to a bowl game. When I was at home, sitting and watching all the bowl games, I thought it would be something fun to do, something you should experience in your lifetime. That’s why I made this decision. Those were probably the biggest factors.”

You can find more notes and quotes from the press conference at Bob Condotta’s Seattle Times Huskies blog, and Ted Miller’s ESPN Pac-10 Blog also has a few thoughts as well.