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October 4, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Locker’s stock edging back up, and a few more notes

As could have been predicted after Saturday night, the theme this week is that Jake Locker’s NFL draft stock has rebounded after the performance against USC.
ESPN.com draft analyst Kevin Weidl wrote in an Insider story today that Locker “helped reverse some of the crticism he faced” after the Nebraska game.
I won’t cut and paste the whole thing, but here are a couple quick excerpts.

“Coming into the game he was struggling with his drops and footwork but it appeared that Locker and coach Steve Sarkisian used a bye week to get back to the fundamentals. Locker showed good tempo in his drops and his footwork looked better, and give Sarkisian credit for calling some easy throws early on to get Locker’s feet under him and build his confidence.
“The game also seemed to have slowed down mentally for Locker. He was excellent against the blitz, knowing when to stay in the pocket and beat pressure with his arm and when to break the pocket and beat the pass rush with his legs.”

He also wrote that:
“There are still concerns about Locker’s consistency and accuracy — he missed some easy throws to open receivers — and he also needs to learn to protect his body. Locker looks to put his shoulder down and take on tacklers for extra yards and he was dinged up and had to leave the game for a time in the fourth quarter. He returned to the field but will have a short NFL career if he does not learn to avoid hits at the next level.
“Despite those concerns, though, his mental toughness, poise and composure against USC were exactly the things he needed to show to stop his draft stock from sliding any further. Locker remains an upper-echelon prospect and if he can build on his performance he will have a chance to be the first quarterback off the board.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The LA Times details the Sunday comments of USC coach Lane Kiffin, who lamented all the chances the Trojans had late to extend the lead.
— MSNBC.com also looks at the Fall of Troy.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says Locker had the best game of any Pac-10 player this weekend.
— Locker is a finalist for the ESPN/AT&T Player of the Week.
— Here are Arizona State’s weekly notes and depth chart.
— I’ve gotten lots of questions on UW player injuries, specifically Locker and Cameron Elisara. We will get updates on those at Steve Sarkisian’s news conference, so check back later this afternoon.
More after the press conference.

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