Honors Keep Rolling In For Locker
Dec. 7, 2007
SEATTLE - The honors keep rolling in for young University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker. The Sporting News today named the Ferndale, Wash. native as its second-team Freshman All-America signal-caller.
Earlier in the week, the most prolific rushing quarterback in school history was named by league coaches as the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year. Recently he was lauded by rivals.com as a second-team Freshman All-America selection and The Sporting News also named him the Pac-10 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
"The honors and such are great," Locker said recently. "But, I would trade them all for team success. I couldn't do anything without the support and performance of my teammates, particularly the guys on the offensive line. For everything they've done for me, I really appreciate it."
Locker, who fell just shy of becoming the first quarterback in Pac-10 history to rush for more than 1,000 yards, ended the season with 986 rushing yards - the most for a quarterback in UW history. He and teammate Louis Rankin, who rushed for 1,294 total yards, nearly became only the 40th duo in NCAA history to both rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. Locker's 13 rushing touchdowns surpassed Mark Brunell's previous record (12) for a QB at Washington.
Through the air, Locker passed for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns. Both marks set new freshman records at UW - surpassing Brock Huard's marks of 1,881 yards and 13 TDs in 1996. Against Arizona, Locker connected with senior Marcel Reece for a 98-yard touchdown pass - the longest in school history.
At last night's season-ending team banquet, he was honored with the Sports Radio 950 KJR Offensive Player of the Year and Travis Spring Most Outstanding Offensive Freshman awards.
2007 SPORTING NEWS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS
QB: Pat Bostick, Pitt; Andy Dalton, TCU*; Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee; Travis Dixon, UNLV*; Cody Hawkins, Colorado*; Colin Kaepernick, Nevada*; Case Keenum, Houston*; Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP*; Giovanni Vizza, North Texas; Adam Weber, Minnesota*; T.J. Yates, North Carolina*
RB: Graig Cooper, Miami (Fla.); Noel Devine, West Virginia; Terry Grant, Alabama*; Nic Grigsby, Arizona; Mike Ford, South Florida; Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State; Deonte Jackson, Idaho*; Ryan Mathews, Fresno State; DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma*
TE: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern; Weslye Saunders, South Carolina
WR: Marcus Barnett, Cincinnati*; Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas; Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State; Darrell Catchings, Oregon State; Trae Johnson, Tulsa; Duval Kamara, Notre Dame; Scotty McKnight, Colorado*; Carlton Mitchell, South Florida*; Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech*; Terrance Toliver, LSU
OL: (G) Colin Baxter, Arizona*; (G) Clint Boling, Georgia; (T) Micah Hannam, Washington State*; (G) Zach Hermann, South Florida*; (G) Rodney Hudson, Florida State; (C) Colin Miller, Central Michigan*; (G) Andrew Nierman, Tulane; (C) Kristofer O¹Dowd, USC; (G) Dominik Riley, Memphis*; (T) Jake Vermiglio, N.C. State
DL: (T) Marvin Austin, North Carolina; (NT) Kelly Griffin, TCU; (T) Markus Kuhn, N.C. State; (E) Aaron Maybin, Penn State*; (E) Bruce Miller, UCF*; (E) Cheta Ozougwu, Rice; (T) Brian Price, UCLA; (E) Almondo Sewell, Akron; (NT) Colby Whitlock, Texas Tech; (NT) Ian Williams, Notre Dame; (E) Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State*
LB: Freddy Burton, Arkansas; Rennie Curran, Georgia; Ben Jacobs, Fresno State*; Cliff Matthews, South Carolina; Adrian Moten, Maryland*; Brian Smith, Notre Dame; Craig Stevens, Auburn*; Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
DB: (CB) Omar Bolden, Arizona State; (S) Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech; (CB) Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State*; (CB) Chris Conte, Cal; (CB) Joe Haden, Florida; (CB) Chris Harris, Kansas; (CB) Aaron Henry, Wisconsin*; (CB) Jerome Jenkins, New Mexico*; Joe Lefeged, Rutgers; (CB) Chima Nwachukwu, Washington State; (CB) Tavious Polo, Florida Atlantic*; (S) Major Wright, Florida
K: Kyle Brotzman, Boise State*; Wes Byrum, Auburn; Pete Caldwell, Utah State; Justin Estes, Southern Miss; Igor Iveljic, Akron*; Daniel Lincoln, Tennessee*; Thomas Moreland, North Texas; A.J. Principe, Buffalo; Jake Rogers, Cincinnati*; Alex Tejada, Arkansas
P: Travis Baltz, Maryland; Aaron Bates, Michigan State; Blake Clingan, UCF; Stefan Demos, Northwestern*; Ryan Donahue, Iowa*; Derek Epperson, Baylor; Reid Forrest, Washington State*; Kevin Jones, Duke*; Rob Long, Syracuse; Kyle Petersen, UTEP*