Tuesday marked the start of the final spring practice before the final football season for Jake and everyone, including Locker himself, was glad to see him back on the field.
“I was really excited,” Jake said. “Just the atmosphere, the intensity and the overall enjoyment that you have when you’re out here is something that you miss when you’re not. It was great to get back out here with the guys and get yelled at and coached and play a little football.”
Jake passed up the opportunity to be the potential #1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, and once he decided to come back for his Senior season he was widely considered as the the #1 recruiting catch in the nation. Coach Sarkisian knows how lucky he was to have the leader of his team back for one season, but also realizes the countdown has begun.
“Inevitably, a year from today, he’s going to be getting ready for the NFL draft, and all of the expectations, and the hype and the media then. So we might as well get him prepared for it,” Sarkisian said.
For Spring Ball coverage, Bob Condotta does a great job of keeping you up to speed on each practice. You can find his blog here.
And, Go Huskies has a nice story on Locker and how excited he is to be back with his teammates gearing up for a successful 2010 campaign.
Local writer Tim Booth also details Jake’s comfort on his decision to stay in this story .