I’m sitting in the press room up at UW, getting ready for Washington’s practice later this afternoon, feeling a little out of my league, flanked by reporters from The New York Times and SI.com.
And what did you expect, they’re here to do stories on Washington’s deep snapping competition?
Each is here to talk to Jake Locker, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft on the eve of next week’s 2010 draft that he also could have potentially been the top pick of had he decided not to return for his senior season.
And that’s one of the byproducts of having a high-profile player such as Locker (pictured at right, in case you’d forgotten what he looks like) is this sort of national attention.
That makes three major national news organizations in a week here to do stories on Locker and UW — ESPN.com’s Ted Miller was here last week.
All of these sorts of stories will help to publicize Locker as Heisman Trophy candidate, though the reality is none of it really matters if UW doesn’t win 8-9 games next year, at the least.
UW, however, is getting set to do its part to make sure the nation knows about Locker as it will soon mail a postcard with Locker’s picture and relevant stats and quotes to members of the Football Writers Association of America, who make up the bulk of the 900 or so Heisman Trophy voters.
Sometime this summer, UW will also unveil a website devoted to Locker. Anything else won’t be determined until much later, the school likely to do something more once the season starts if Locker truly emerges as a legitimate candidate to win the Heisman.
April 15, 2010 at 2:05 PM
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