Locker makes decision on baseball career

With high expectations the norm once again around the University of Washington football program, Huskies fans will be even more excited to learn that Jake Locker will be focusing exclusively on the gridiron this summer.

The quarterback, who could be the first overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft, has decided against playing baseball this summer in the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system, according to an interview conducted by 710 ESPN Seattle.

“I'm going to concentrate on getting ready for this coming football season,” Locker said. “It's a big summer for us as far as making sure that we're here spending time with each other, getting cohesion between me and the receivers and the running backs and the line, able to work with everybody as a unit and getting comfortable with each other. So I think it's an important summer for us. I'll be here spending time with those guys.”

Since he arrived on campus in Seattle and displayed the ability that pro scouts drool over, Locker had said that playing baseball was his fallback plan if his football career did not pan out.

Obviously, barring injury, he doesn’t have to worry about a lack of security by remaining on the gridiron.

Despite signing a six-year contract with the Angels last August for a reported $250,000, the signal caller will remain committed to refining his overall game under quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier and head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Husky Nation is hopeful that with Locker, 1,100-yard plus running back Chris Polk and three highly productive receivers — Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar and James Johnson — the team can compete for a Pac-10 title in 2010.

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