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Commentary: Jake Awaits Imminent Culmination of Football Dream

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It has been 5 long collegiate seasons leading up to this moment, a stint that saw 2 different head coaches, ambitious schedules against stiff opponents and various physical setbacks. The road undoubtedly hasn’t been easy, and for Jake’s last 5 years it never went as scripted, either. The years of his college career was a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, an exhibit of perseverance, faith and character.

That ride ended the way it should have: on a Holiday Bowl high note. The loyal Senior deserved to taste the peak of success, and it was fitting that he was able to experience an impressive winning streak at the end of his last season along with sweet redemption in the biggest game of his college career. The storybook ending was tailor made for the determined leader who never waned in his approach or in his confidence.

Since that brisk December evening in San Diego, Jake has been front and center in every sports publication across the nation and a topic of every pundit and proclaimed expert from print, radio and t.v. There have been special articles worthy of a clip and save as well as t.v. productions that have provided a glimpse of who Jake Locker the person really is. Without question, Jake has been one of the most talked about pro prospects over the last 4 months. 

From the Senior Bowl to the Combine and from his Pro-day to a myriad of individual team workouts, there have been countless interviews, evaluations and auditions. All of it has been a journey to today, the start of the 2011 NFL Draft. As most people would have wilted under such a glaring light, Jake has embraced it with the same appreciative and positive attitude that has carried him throughout the last half-decade.

“It’s been fun, a dream come true and an opportunity. I’m lucky I get to experience it,” Jake has simply stated.

The over-analyzed portions of draft previews are soon to be just a memory and the dream of becoming a professional quarterback in the NFL will start to come into focus–a realization that could be as soon as tonight if he is taken in the first round. Regardless of what happens during the draft one thing is for sure: the winding path to today has brought a great opportunity, a well deserved and promising new beginning of what will likely be a bright NFL future.

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 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.