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The 2010 Spring Game & National Buzz

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The Spring Game is here, a ‘Friday Night Lights’ event that will start at 6:30 at Husky Stadium. Don’t miss Jake’s last Spring Game in a Husky uniform! And, from the sounds of things, the event will have a lot of activities. jake-heisman-postcard

On Monday, Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated has an in-depth feature about Jake’s decision to return to Washington for his Senior year, as well as how it may translate into team success in 2010 and his draft position in 2011.

Also on Monday, the University sent out a ton of postcards to potential Heisman voters to get them thinking about Jake in the 2010 race. Ironically though, there is no mention of “Heisman” on the postcard.

Ted Miller, Blogger for ESPN.com, posted an interview with Jake last Friday. He then wrote a story a few days ago that talks about Jake’s 2011 draft stock.

Bob Condotta also posted a story for Seattle Times.com that details Jake’s decision to stay in school might have been the best choice after all. Last Friday also marked a new video release of Jake Highlights, created by the University’s Athletic Department. And, to start the busy day, Jake appeared on the ‘First Take’ show on ESPN2 via phone.

And in case you missed it, the NY Times kicked off the coverage with a great feature on Jake.

Round 1 of NFL Draft Brings Validation, Vindication

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After Sam Bradford of Oklahoma was taken #1 overall in yesterday’s first round of the NFL draft, those who questioned Jake’s return for his senior year because of injury risk were quieted. And, as the rest of the draft played out, it continued to act as a validation that injury risk is somewhat of a misleading reason to leave early for the NFL.

“It’s a good lesson for everybody that you can come back and play your senior year and still fulfill your NFL dreams and aspirations at that level,” Locker said of the Bradford selection. “… It’s a good message for everybody in college football.”

You can find a couple of articles that elaborate on the first round of the NFL draft and it’s impact to Locker’s decision in the Herald Net and also the Seattle Times.

Jake also appeared on ESPN2′s “First Take” this morning at 8:30 a.m. The video may be on-line sometime today here.

Jake Featured in the NY Times

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Jake was highlighted today in the NY Times, a story that detailed his return to Washington for his senior season and gave many people across the country a glimpse of the talented quarterback.

In the story, Jake again reiterates his belief that the current experience of College Football is not one to take for granted.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Locker explained to the NY Times. “I really look forward to the N.F.L. But it’s not going anywhere. You can never go back and play college football.”

A Man With Goals

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Ted Miller of ESPN.com has this piece on Jake’s priorities and goals before he moves to a career in the NFL. As part of the story, Jake talks about how he continues to improve on choosing when to run and when to throw.jake-locker-notre-dame4

“A lot of times when plays break down is when you get your biggest plays,” Jake said. “It’s about a good balance of both; of understanding when it’s going to be productive to get outside the pocket and try to make a play and when you need to stand in there and make a throw.”

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times caps the weekend scrimmage news, a game highlighted by a first series Locker to Aguilar 29 yard TD catch.

And finally, are you a fan of “Jake Locker for Heisman in 2010″ on Facebook? You can join the movement here–we are adding over 300 fans a day!

#1 in 2011?

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Much has been made of Jake’s decision to return to Washington for his senior year, possibly sacrificing guaranteed millions of dollars and a possible #1 draft position in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Mel Kiper of ESPN says that the status for Jake hasn’t changed, and that he will be the top player chosen in the 2011 NFL Draft next April.

Until then, Husky fans will get to enjoy 13 more games with the future #1 draft pick at the helm.