UW quarterback Jake Locker has obviously been pretty darn visible the last few months, serving as one of the more intriguing stories of the 2011 NFL Draft.
But what may be the one of the more anticipated Locker-related media projects — ESPN’s “Three for the Show” documentary series — debuts Tuesday night.
The first of three one-hour episodes will have its first showing Tuesday night at 5 p.m. on ESPN with replays available on various other ESPN platforms throughout the week (Locker did a number of media appearances Monday to help promote the show).
Episodes two and three will debut in the same time slot the following two Tuesdays.
The three shows focus on Locker, Auburn’s Cam Newton and Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor, and were designed to give viewers an inside peek at how top college quarterbacks prepare for the NFL Draft, said Vinnie Malhotra, an executive producer of the series.
The documentary series is also a part of ESPN’s overall “Year of the Quarterback” project.
Malhotra said that because Locker entered the year regarded as maybe the top prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft “he was always the first guy on the list, really the guy we wanted to get from the beginning.”
So in part because of that, the first episode focuses a bit on Locker’s upbringing and college career — the producers were able to put a mic on Locker for the Holiday Bowl and get locker room access — items that may be of particular interest to UW fans.
“I think you will find just a really great portrait being built of the man that is Jake Locker,” Malhotra said.
Here’s a clip of the show focusing on the Holiday Bowl.
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Malhotra said the overall goal for the show was to “allow more time to explore the position of quarterback and the men a little bit greater and really look not just a the on- field skills but really get inside the helmet and give people a stronger viewpoint into what it’s like to be a quarterback from the physical and the mental makeup.”
As for Locker, he said that “what you get out of it is what a good guy he is, and what a tough, strong quarterback he is. You also get to see some of his family life and how close his father is to him and just how proud of Jake his parents are.”
He said some of the footage of meetings with UW coach Steve Sarkisian and Locker will also help UW fans better understand the relationship between those two, as well as the relationship between a quarterback and head coach.