Nov. 25, 2009
By Tim Booth
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE -- For all the attention Jake Locker has received as Washington's quarterback, it's hard to believe his family will be divided come Saturday.
That's because cousin Casey will be in the crimson and gray of Washington State.
"My aunt and uncle will be in their Cougar stuff, I know my parents will be in their Husky stuff," Jake Locker said. "It's not something that's causing problems or anything but I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun Saturday."
While everyone in the state - and most of the country - knows about Jake Locker, the Huskies' star QB, his cousin Casey decided to take his trade to the other side of the state. Casey Locker is a freshman safety who hasn't seen the field this season and will likely redshirt for the Cougars.
With the entire family growing up in the farming town of Ferndale about 90 miles north of Seattle, the cousins were constantly around one another. Casey Locker's older brother, Brady, is only a year apart in age from Jake Locker, and the families regularly spent weekends at the house of one family or the other.
"When we were growing up they were either at my house or I was at their house every weekend so we're pretty close," Jake Locker said. "I've obviously been following him and was excited for him to have the opportunity to play at this level and we're very supportive of each other."
But for this week the Lockers are a family divided. While the parents of each kid will be wearing the respective colors of the two schools, Jake said his grandmother has a scarf that's half purple and gold and half crimson and gray, while his grandfather has a half Washington, half Washington State hat.
And then there's the issue of this Thursday.
"I'm sure Thanksgiving is going to be a lot of fun too," Locker said.