Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker announced Monday that he will return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft, despite most projections slotting him as an early first-round selection.
“After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year,” Locker said in a statement. “I am very excited about this team’s opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”
With Locker back, the Huskies should be a bowl threat in what figures to be a deep Pac-10 in 2010. They are expected to welcome back nine starters on offense and eight on defense as well as both specialists.
Entering the 2009 season, the big question with Locker was how he would adapt to new coach Steve Sarkisian’s pro-style offensive scheme. Locker ran a spread-option offense his first two seasons as the Huskies’ starter, though the second season ended after four games when he injured his thumb.