Jake to be Featured in ‘Gruden’s QB Camp’, ‘Three For the Show’ on ESPN

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If ESPN Calls 2011 the ‘Year of the Quarterback’, then for Jake it has definitely been the ‘year of the whirlwind’.

Already the subject and participant of NFL draft specials, NFL Combine activivities and many other media interviews and features, ESPN continues their focus on Jake and a great group of soon-to-be NFL quarterbacks in the continuation of their NFL draft preview and the ’Year of the Quarterback’ theme.

On this Monday, April 11th at 4:00 pm. P.S.T. on ESPNU, Jake will be a part of  ‘Gruden’s QB Camp’, an up-close film review session with some of the top quarterbacks available in the NFL draft this year. The 30 minute segment–filmed at the University of South Florida last week–will also be a part of a one hour special on Sportscenter Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m. Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and Blaine Gabbert will also sit down with Coach Gruden.

Jake will also be a part of the mini documentary ‘Three for the Show’, a three-episode series produced by Yogi Roth that chronicles the journey of three top Division I quarterbacks as they chase their NFL dreams. Cameras follow Jake, Cam Newton and Tyrod Taylor  from the final game of their collegiate careers all the way to draft night. Showing the ups, the downs, and all the hard work in between, ‘Three for the Show’ tells the story of the drive, ambition and persistence it takes to live the dream. The three hour-long episodes will air on Tuesday, April 19, Tuesday, April 26, and Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm on ESPN.

Jake is also a part of NFL.com’s “Everything to Prove” series, which you can find here. The on-line series follows a handful of pro prospects–including Jake–throughout their journey from college to the pros. There are 7 segments of the show currently available and they have followed Jake at the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl and training for the Combine.

Jake recently took time out to sit down with Greg Bell of GoHuskies.com while he was in town, and described the last 3 months as a good practice of patience.

“I was telling (my former Huskies teammates), the whole process is kind of a hurry-up-and-wait process,” Locker told Bell when asked what he’s learned most about preparing for the NFL draft. “You are doing a bunch of things, then you get to that day and you are waiting for a while. Or you are warming up for an event – and then you wait until your name is called. Same thing on draft day: You’ve done all this to get to that point, then you are just going to wait until you hear your name’s called.”

Jake Featured on Cover of ESPN the Magazine

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Jake will be featured on the cover of ESPN’s magazine as a part of their continued NFL Draft Preview, and a column written by Seth Wickersham about Jake’s journey to the draft and his prospects on draft day will be the lead article.

The story details the subjective activity of quarterback evaluating and goes in depth to what some scouts and professionals decipher when studying one of Jake’s best games last year, an overtime victory thriller against Oregon State.

The interesting piece can already be can be found here on ESPN’s website.

Jake Enjoys Stellar Pro Day; Draft Day Nears

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Although the next month will assuredly be busy with invidual workouts, Jake’s last high-profile public workout went as good as he could have hoped for.

With a contingency of pro scouts and media alike watching carefully, Jake put on a throwing spectacle. The near perfect demonstration–with unofficial tallies touting a 38-40 performance–had many pundits clamoring about his continued improvements in his passing game, and even Jake couldn’t help but be satisfied.

“I think that each one I was able to improve on on the last and that’s how I felt today that I was able to improve on my Combine performance and be a little more consistent and fluid,” Jake said following the event. “Very happy with what I did today. I thought it was better. It was more consistent. There were a few throws in the Combine that I didn’t like, that I would have liked to do over again. Today I felt like every ball came of my hand good. I felt confident and it went where I wanted it to.”

Up next for Jake will be private team workouts. He will look to continue to impress his potential suitors before the start of the April 28th NFL draft, a special experience that he plans to view with his close family and friends from his family’s home in Ferndale, WA.

In case you missed Jake’s performance at UW’s Pro Day, you can view the replay on ESPN3.com.

Seattle Times also has some video of Jake here.

UW Pro Day Showcase for Jake Tomorrow; Featured on ESPN3

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Jake’s series of NFL auditions concludes tomorrow morning on the campus of the University of Washington, where UW will hold their annual ‘Pro Day’ for graduating senior football players.

For the first time, the event will be televised live on-line on ESPN3.com. The line-up of former UW players–including fellow offensive mates Cody Habben, Ryan Tolar and D’Andre Goodwin–can be found on Coach Sark’s site here.

Jake plans on featuring his throwing skills in a continued effort to show that he is more than just an athlete at the quarterback position, and that he can make the throws that are necessary to compete at the next level. Since the end of the season, Jake has been diligently working with Steve Clarkson and former NFL Quarterback Ken O’Brien on continuing to improve his footwork, and Wednesday’s event will give him a final opportunity to give NFL talent evaluators one last glimpse before April’s NFL Draft.  

Mike Sando of ESPN’s NFC West Blog  wrote a quick piece on Jake and will be attending the day’s events. Look for Mike to provide in depth coverage of how Jake performs and if he may be a prospect for one of the teams within the NFC West.

Jake and the NFL Network

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Jake visited the NFL Network set this week as part of their “Path to the Draft” series, was interviewed for the blog, and was a guest analyst on the league’s 24-hour t.v. channel.

Jake is also a part of the “Everything to Prove” series featured on NFL.com, a series that follows the transition of 14 collegiate players to the pro game. The 1st program can be found here, and the 2nd program can be found here.

Jake Vying for the EA Sports 2012 NCAA Football Cover

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Jake is one of 4 college football players to have the opportunity to be on the EA Sports 2012 NCAA College Football video game cover. Every year the game features a top collegiate football on the cover of the case, and this is the first year the public gets to vote.

Here is a trailer for the contest. You can place your vote for Jake here.

Jake is competing with Alabama’s Mark Ingram, DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma and Nick Fairley of Auburn.

After Successful Combine, Jake Awaits Pro Day

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As there are a lot of pro teams that will be looking to draft a quarterback in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft, Jake had a lot of eyes on him during his 4 day stretch of the NFL Combine. Fortunately, by many accounts he improved his draft stock after a successful showing in the speed and agility drills, throwing excercises and the personal interview process.

Jake said that he talked to every NFL team in some capacity, and that the interview side was a lot of talk about football in general. He was also pleased at how the event went overall.

“I felt really good. It was a good week for me. I thought the interview process went well, the medical stuff went well and when I was able to get on the field I felt comfortable and confident.”

Jake placed in the top half of every measured athletic drill, including 3rd in his ‘official’ 40-yard time (4.59 official after two 4.52 unofficial readings), 1st in the 3-cone drill (6.77), 3rd in the vertical leap (35″), and 4th in the broad jump (10′).

Jake will have one final audition for NFL personnel before April’s draft, and this one will come with a home field advantage as it will be held on U of W’s campus on March 30th.

Here is a clip of the media interview portion of the Combine:

 

A clip of Jake in the 40:

And a training segment of Jake at Velocity Sports, preparing for the Combine:

A few links to the Combine Coverage:

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com writes blogs that Jake was “one of the standouts in the throwing drills.”

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports lists Jake as one of the day’s “winners”.

And Danny O’Neil of the Seattletimes.com provides a summary of Jake’s Combine performance.

Jake Ready for the NFL Combine

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After a whirlwind last two months that has included a Holiday Bowl Victory, a Senior Bowl appearance and a Skills Competition the weekend of the SuperBowl, Jake will start a long weekend of participating in the NFL’s Combine.

The Combine–a collection of talented NFL hopefuls–is a large gathering of college players entering the NFL draft, an athletic audition in front of every NFL team that tests each player’s strength, speed and agility. And, for the quarterbacks, the Combine is an opportunity to throw in front of the NFL Scouts for the first time without a defense rushing towards them.

Often times, the high profile players will be instructed by their representatives to sit out certain drills that can be seen as a potential risky part of the audition. For Jake, he plans on partaking in the entire group of drills.

‘I am planning on coming in here and competing. I am going to go through all of the drills and show everyone what I am capable of,’ Jake said in an interview with the NFL Network . ‘I have prepared as well as I could. I feel really good coming into this. I feel very confident. I am going to go out and have fun and enjoy the process.”

Jake will be busy this weekend as Friday the players will weigh in and have their measurables taken, and teams will get an opportunity to talk to the players. On Sunday, the quarterbacks will go through all of the drills including the vertical jump, the 40 yard dash and the 3 cone drill. The event will be heavily attended by every NFL Team–from coaches to general managers to scouts–and additionally, all of the action can be seen live on the NFL Network.

You can follow the progress of the Combine on the NFL’s blog, and can follow Jake’s progress on Danny O’Neil’s Seattle Times Seahawks blog as well.

Jake Begins Formal NFL Audition At The Senior Bowl

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While it is a year later than most pundits expected, Jake formally begins his quest for a football career at the next level today at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Following an announcement that he would return to the University of Washington to play his senior year of football–surprising many in the media that predicted he would be a top pick in the ’10 NFL draft and reinvigorating a faithful Husky fan base–Jake and th U.W. football team experienced a season of highs and lows, a campaign that ended with a 4 game win streak and a signature Holiday Bowl victory against a highly ranked and talented Nebraska team. The perfect conclusion to a season filled with challenges and joy is now in the rearview mirror, and Jake is ready to make the long awaited move to the next level.

“If there’s a better job in the world than playing football and getting paid for it, I’ve never heard of it,” Jake told the Washington Post recently. “I’ve played it for free my whole life. And now, to have this dream manifest itself and come to a head here, it’s just an incredible opportunity. ”

While each snap and each throw has been scrutinized through this week’s Senior Bowl practices, the week long media debate on his professional potential  is just a continuation of the microscope he has been under for 4 years. And, no matter the perceived pressure or the doubters of his decisions to date,  Jake will embrace it as he has throughout his collegiate career: with an unabashed optimism and honesty.

“My policy is always to be honest. I have nothing to hide. I feel comfortable with the decisions I made and why I made them. I don’t expect them all to understand. They didn’t experience what I did, they didn’t go through what I did, they didn’t create the memories that I did.”

The game starts at 12:30 p.m.  (pacific time) on the NFL Network.

Jake Featured in The New York Times

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In case you missed it, the NY Times published a great article on ’Mr. Locker’, written by William Yardley.  The article is titled ‘A High-Tech City’s Down-Home Hero.’

Yardley spent significant time following Jake, attending games and tailgates with the ‘Ferndawgs’, and in the process interviewing a lot of Jake’s friends and family for the story–one that focuses on the more personal and social aspect of Jake’s career. The article is one of the best summaries of Jake’s athletic career as well, one that touches on his legacy, his roots, and his future prospects.