Locker’s Summer Vacation

Washington quarterback Jake Locker is on a tour of the East Coast as his school continues its vibrant Heisman push on his behalf.

Besides putting up a nifty web site for the senior signal caller, Washington is having Locker meet with various media along the way.

It’s a great way to get Locker more exposure before the season begins because, face it, Washington probably won’t be in the spotlight much in 2010.  Unless, of course, Locker can somehow lead the Huskies to a major resurgence.

Can Locker win the Heisman?  Normally I’d say no, but given the wide-open nature of this year’s race and the quick-shifting moods of the Heisman electorate in the digital age, I think he has a shot.   Toby Gerhart nearly took home the Heisman last year and his team didn’t exactly challenge for the national title.  With Locker widely seen as a top NFL talent, the idea that he is the nation’s best player won’t be too far fetched.   But a lot of things have to go his way.  He’s got to have a monster season statistically while helping the Huskies get to a decent bowl.  He’s got to lead UW to big wins over the likes of Nebraska and USC.  And he has to hope that none of the other candidates from more high-profile teams catch fire.

A tall task to be sure, but not out of the question.  At worst, gambits like this summer tour will help his marketability in the future and give his school some much-needed publicity.  It’s always good to get an early start on these kinds of campaigns and Washington has timed it perfectly–during the dog days of the summer, when college football news is sparse and the preseason magazines are just hitting the news stands.

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One Response to Locker’s Summer Vacation

  1. ADP June 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I don’t know that Locker has much of a shot unless he posts stats like 2500+ yds passing and 800+ yds rushing with 40+ combined TDs and UW goes 8-4 or better with some big wins. Plus there needs to be major problems with any other big name candidates. With @BYU, Neb, @USC in the first 5 weeks of the season he has a shot to put his name on the watch list early if UW takes down BYU and Neb/USC. 2 of 3 is a must and he has to post big numbers in the loss as well.

    Regardless of whether or not Locker wins the Heisman or goes #1 in next years draft, the Pac-10(12?) needs UW to continue to rebuild into national prominence. With the imminent split into divisions for 2011, UW needs to re-establish itself as the 2nd biggest program out west to help balance the divisions.

    Speaking of that, what’s your opinion HP? Personally I like the zipper plan, with the divisions looking something like this:

    UW, OSU, Cal, UCLA, ASU, Utah
    WSU, UO, Stanford, USC, UA, Colorado

    The road trip into CA is vitally important for recruiting purposes for all the schools, and the zipper plan gives both divisions a NorCal and SoCal school; L.A. and the Bay Area are two of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country. Of course traditional cross-state (or in the CA schools case cross-city) rivalries need to be maintained, as well as secondary rivalries such as UW-UO, Cal-USC, as well.