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Husky Nation rejoice: Locker returning

Even the fact that he was being touted as a potential Top Ten pick — hell, No. 1 overall pick according to ESPN’s Todd McShay — in the upcoming April draft wasn’t enough to keep Jake Locker from returning for one more season at Washington, the quarterback announced this afternoon.

Locker released a statement this afternoon stating his intentions, coming to his decision after receiving input from multiple parties over the past few months.

“After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year,” Locker said in a statement released by the school. “I am very excited about this team’s opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”

While the move in and of itself isn’t surprising — both head coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Scott Woodward were confident he would return — the fact that it came so soon ahead of the deadline for underclassmen to declare was somewhat unexpected. Players eligible for the draft have until Jan. 15 to make themselves officially available.

Given how Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford‘s season ended after coming back for another year — and after being projected as possibly the first pick in the draft — it would seem like the more judicious approach would be to eschew another collegiate season, thus avoiding both the potential of a serious injury hurting his stock and a rookie salary cap being implemented by the time the 2010 draft rolls around, and grabbing the money while he could.

Provided he avoids injury, though, another season in Sarkisian’s pro-style offense will do nothing to hurt Locker’s ’11 draft prospects.  In fact, it could only help solidify his spot atop that draft class.

Again, provided he doesn’t pull a Bradford.

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  1. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Dec 14, 2009 4:17 PM

    We can only hope for the best!

  2. BrownsTown says: Dec 14, 2009 4:27 PM

    Has their been a prospective #1 QB who came back for his senior year and came out better for it? Matt Leinart also comes to mind. Gotta strike while the iron is hot.

  3. dapperntx says: Dec 14, 2009 4:53 PM

    Peyton Manning comes to mind.

  4. jd says: Dec 14, 2009 5:01 PM

    This makes no sense to me. College is fun, but not millions of dollars fun.

  5. Leeroyski says: Dec 14, 2009 6:30 PM

    @Brownstown
    Hugh Millen would refute what you say in an excellent piece about Locker and the 2010 draft here:
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2010457665_locker09.html
    BTW, Locker already has a nice bank acct courtesy of the LA Angels who drafted him this year…

  6. Peepshowmopguy says: Dec 14, 2009 7:40 PM

    Bad decision? Only from the perspective that football is about getting paid more than it is playing the game. I have the pleasure of living in Seattle, and from everything I’ve heard Mr. Locker cares more about Football than he does money.
    The kid needs another year. It’s more obvious if you watch his games. Sure he has a TON of talent but he has very few polished Pro skills. I bet Jake wants to be more of a McNabb than he does a JaMarcus.
    That’s the kind of guy I want on my team. One who plays for the game ala Peyton. Not one who plays for the Bank…
    Since when did fans care more about money than they did weather the plays they had were actually decent?!?
    MontlakeCutter

  7. Bucforever says: Dec 14, 2009 9:10 PM

    It has really amazed me that the NFL and MLB and the NBA encourages these young men to forgo completing their education to play for money in sports where careers are relatively short . Why not get that diploma, then take the gamble on the field, invest the money and have a nice life after? Smart decision Jake.

  8. manginiwithcheese says: Dec 14, 2009 10:39 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Cleveland, but he can only grow as a future pro QB with another year in school. He needs the extra year in a pro system to help him get ready.

  9. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Dec 14, 2009 11:34 PM

    This is a great choice. Now he can get the complete college football experience. The NFL will be waiting for him once he has his degree, so there’s no risk in his decision. I, for one, understand completely.
    Regards,
    Sam Bradford.

  10. roger.earl@gmail.com says: Dec 15, 2009 4:47 AM

    He has an excellent opportunity to help a college that helped him get the chance to play in the pros.
    Nice to see a player give back to the college rather than cut and run.

  11. kenyatta says: Dec 15, 2009 9:12 AM

    Some of you are some ofthebiggest clowns on the face of the planet,the college has made millions off of him already ,in selling tickets ,parking,food at the concession stands and what ever else they can get there hands on to sell,with his likeness on it.Smart people dont turn down millions of dollars to stay in school,he owes the college nothing,i pray he doesn’t get hurt ,but from here on out hes losing money.Theres going to be a pay scale ,and there will be another hot shot who may surpass him next year.

  12. brasho says: Dec 15, 2009 1:36 PM

    These decisions don’t usually end up well for guys touted in the top 10. Matt Leinart was regarded as the best QB in the 05 draft but he came out a year later and went several picks after that… and it hasn’t helped his career.
    Sam Bradford has only hurt himself.
    Once upon a time there as a fantastic safety for UVa (Anthony Poindexter) who was a top 10 pick but elected to return to school only to blow out his knee, get selected in round 6 and wash out of the NFL after one season.
    Locker should come out, you go to school to give you a better chance of getting a good job with good pay, Locker’s best chance is now, they aren’t getting any better.

  13. fortythree says: Dec 15, 2009 7:53 PM

    Man, are you ALL idiots? Everyone craps their drawers because Bradford gets hurt and might make slightly less money. It is more profitable for a QB to stay their senior season by far the majority of the time. Read this article and start thinking instead of a knee-jerk “he might make a couple mil less” reactions.
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2010457665_locker09.html
    He’ll make far more money if he stays an extra year, becomes a better QB and signs multiple contracts, instead of washing out after just one.

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