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December 14, 2009 at 10:08 AM

McShay says Locker could be top pick, but Woodward optimistic he’s staying

On a day when ESPN draft guru Todd McShay listed Jake Locker as the potential No. 1 overall pick there were indications the QB may be leaning toward staying a Husky for another season.
UW athletic director Scott Woodward said this morning that he’s “very optimistic that he (Locker) may come back” for another season.
Woodward cautioned that no final decision has been made and that Locker could still go either way with his decision.
But Woodward said he has had conversations with Locker since the season ended Dec. 5 and that “Jake is still weighing all of his options. But if I had to guess, I would think he would be coming back.”
Locker last week sent in the papers to have his draft status reviewed by the NFL Advisory Committee, which gives underclassmen a general estimate of where they may be selected. Woodward said Locker has also sought out the advice of other people around the game.
“I just think he’s had more input from a lot of different people who are involved with the game and everyone I have spoken to thinks that he needs another year,” Woodward said. “And I think Jake is probably excited about the prospect of coming back for another year, having a good season and having a good run at a lot of individual records and potentially great rewards and awards.”
That input includes this story that appeared in The Seattle Times last week from former UW QB Hugh Millen , noting that the odds for long-term NFL success are better for players who finish out their college careers. Locker’s father, Scott, has said he has seen that information and it has been shared with his son.
Woodward said he does not know when a final decision may be made or announced. Players have until Jan. 15 to declare and until Jan. 18 to pull out.
“That (the timing of a decision) is between he and his family, and he will decide that at the right time,” Woodward said. “Jake’s a smart, mature kid and he will come to a decision when the timing is right.”
UW coach Steve Sarkisian also said at his end-of-season press conference last Tuesday that he was “optimistic” that Locker would be returning, though he said that was based on his general view of seeing things “half-full.”
Locker has not spoken to the media since after the Cal game Dec. 5 and it’s likely he will not say anything until he has a decision to announce. Scott Locker has said that once his son comes to a decision he will simply let everyone know.
UPDATE — Am informed that when McShay was on FirstTake this morning that he said it is “rumored” that Locker will return to UW. I didn’t hear it, but that would obviously jibe with what is the general tenor out there, as Woodward’s comments indicate.

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