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July 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Locker talk

As I mentioned in the previous post, I had a chance to talk a little bit today with Jake Locker. The primary reason was to get some feature stuff for a story that will run in a little while as a preview of the kickoff of the start of practice.
We did the interview today in part because this was the last day a lot of the players are going to be around until the start of practice Aug. 10. The players will take next week off as their final rest period before the grind of training camp and the season.
Along with getting some some last little R-and-R, what Locker also hopes will happen between now and the start of practice is a resolution to his negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels, who selected him in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June. If Locker signs, it is solely so that the Angels have his rights should he decide to play baseball at some point — they would hold those rights for six years if he signs by Aug. 17. But he has stated from the start it would not interfere with his UW football career.
Locker’s father, Scott, has been handling the negotiations as it would be an NCAA violation for Locker to hire an agent — if he signs, he will have to give up his football scholarship and will be a walk-on, but will maintain eligibility in football.
“Just kind of still waiting,” Locker said of the negotiations. “My intention was to get something done before camp started, and it still is, so we’ve got about a week here to finish it up.”
Locker, though, said he is staying out of the details and doesn’t really know what is holding things up.
“I don’t know how it all works,” he said. “I’m just kind of going with the flow.”
He said, however, that he anticipates something will get done. “But if it doesn’t, I’ll just go back to life as it was,” he said.
And that, obviously, is filled mostly with preparing for this season.
Locker said he thinks it’s been a good summer with the team doing conditioning workouts almost daily and voluntary seven-on-seven drills twice a week.
“There’s been good numbers showing up this year,” he said. “A lot of guys working hard and doing well.”
Locker said his thumb, which he injured in the fourth game last year against Stanford, has held up fine all summer and he’s hoping he will enter the season in better physical shape than he did last year.
Locker said that he intentionally tried to take it a lot easier this summer than he did last year, when along with fulfilling football duties, he also held a job helping care for two young boys as well as playing in 10 baseball games for the Bellingham Bells.
Locker acknowledged today that all of that took a little toll on him physically.
“I just kind of felt like my body got a little worn down going into camp,” he said. “I just felt like I didn’t feel as good as I could have, and then I (injured) my hamstring (early in camp). So this summer I just wanted to work out and play football and hang out and see how good of a year I could and go from there.”
About the only thing Locker did this summer outside of hanging around UW was working as a counselor for a few days at a Super 7 QB Retreat run by Steve Clarkson, the QB guru whose students include Nick Montana. Locker said he got to know Montana a little bit at the camp, as well as during Montana’s visit to UW.
‘He’s a great kid,” Locker said. “I really like him. He’s very respectful and just an all-around good kid. You can tell he was raised in a good family situation and he was a great guy to be around. I’m looking forward to him coming up here and being able to work with him.”

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