Former UW QB Jake Locker is spending his day in Orlando, handling a round of interviews as part of his latest promotional opportunity — a chance to be on the cover of the EA Sports NCAA Football 12 video game.
Here’s where you can vote. And as you can see, the other players in the running are Nick Fairley of Auburn, DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma and Mark Ingram of Alabama.
It’s the first time the company has put the cover subject up to a vote.
“I’ve been playing these games for a long time and to have the opportunity to be on the cover is an honor,” Locker said this morning. “It’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of.”
Locker said the company approached him and “asked me if I would like to possibly be one of the guys on the cover and obviously I said yeah. It was a compliment and it would be an honor.”
Locker is at Disney World today doing a bunch of media to kick off the fan voting (he’s working today alongside Fairley). Then he will resume training for the NFL Draft April 28-30 in which he is projected to be taken in the first two rounds.
Locker said he will work out five days a week, beginning next week in Irvine, Calif., with former NFL QB Ken O’Brien. He said the schedule from there is a little unclear. He anticipates a few individual workouts with teams but said none have yet been scheduled (and there is obviously all kinds of uncertainty with the NFL’s labor situation).
He said he will definitely take part in UW’s Pro Day on March 30. He said exactly what he will do remains a little unclear but that he is almost certain to throw.
“Just go out and have another good day throwing is what my main focus will be,” he said, adding that “we just have to figure out how to structure it and everything.”
He said he feels he helped himself at the NFL Combine but would like to back that up with another good day at UW’s Pro Day.
“I thought it went really well,” he said. “It was a good week interview-wise and performance-wise and I was really happy with it.”
His life since the end of UW’s season has been a whirlwind of workouts and appearances — he hopes to get home for a weekend in Ferndale sometime later this month.
But as you might expect, Locker is taking it all in stride.
“It’s been fun,” he said. “To be able to go through the process of trying to help your draft status and eventually be taken in the NFL Draft is really exciting.”