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Posted Sept. 21, 2010

Washington vs. Nebraska


Jake Locker vs. Nebraska

1st - 13:37 - Poor decision ... doesn't see bracket coverage and throws INT ... pretty inexcusable ... not sure what Locker was thinking.

1st - 7:43 - All receivers covered ... Eats ball and runs for about 2 yards up middle

1st - 5:19 - All receivers covered ... great decision to run with ball and gets rushing TD ... nice speed to corner

1st - 2:38 - Ball too high ... too much loft under pass

1st - 1:53 - No time to throw in pocket ... poor blocking up front against blitz ... Locker has to throw an imcompletion here

2nd - 6:15 - No receivers open ... Locker throws solid ball over the middle, but receiver had safety over top and corner shading him ... can't blame Locker for incompletion here .... If ball was on target it would have been an INT

3rd - 14:08 - Nice play action fake ... beautiful ball to wide open receiver for a TD

3rd - 11:22 - All WRs completely covered ... Locker had no chance at completion here on slant vs. Amukamara

3rd - 11:17 - Too reliant on WR #15 instead of spreading ball around ... receiver in slant was open with potential to get first down ...

3rd - 8:47 - Deep ball was slightly off target ... difficult throw

3rd - 8:37 - Ball too high for WR on bubble screen

3rd - 8:32 - Stares down receiver ... receiver is taken out of route but Locker throws anyways ... should have considered progression read ... interception but good coverage

3rd - 7:58 - Stares down receiver/incomplete, but CB makes nice play on the ball

3rd - 5:48 - No time to throw ... good job getting ball out to avoid sack

4th - 14:38 - All receivers covered ... Locker tries to find it in but incomplete...no where he can really go with ball ... DBs for Nebraska are too good

4th - 13:48 - Horrendous route by RB ... goes behind 3-4 players where Locker can't even find him ... incompletion ... really bad football IQ and nothing Locker could do here

4th - 13:43 - All receivers covered downfield ... Locker tries to run for first down on 3rd and 8 but can't come up with it ... good effort and he hasn't given up ...I like the on-field leadership

4th - 5:51 - No receivers open ... Locker pressured and throws ball away

Summary: Not a good game from Jake Locker. His first interception was inexcusable, his second interception was a pick every top-ten draft pick will make. Overall, the incompletions weren't due to Locker's inaccuracy as much as his receivers not getting open and Nebraska's outstanding coverage. Locker was a little inconsistent, but he isn't playing a bunch of scrubs. Nebraska is one of the top defenses in the nation and you have to expect a bad game from every quarterback with mediocre talent around him and a defense that can't stop anyone.

This was a disappointing game from Locker, but you have to take into context the talent on both sides of the ball and at the end of the day, I wasn't as disappointed as I thought I'd be. Locker could have been better, but I have seen plenty of consistency and production in his first two games to put a lot of stock into this one game. Let's see how the season unfolds before we make any knee-jerk reactions.


Prime Amukamara

3rd - 14:08 - Cover 2 zone, outside technique ... Burned on double move ... gets caught watching QB ... TD Washington

3rd - 11:22 - Good job jumping route and anticipating play ... no pass interference


Pierre Allen

1st - 13:36 - Not very quick off snap ... lacks explosive first step

1st - 12:49 - Slow and lacks athleticism in pursuit

1st - 12:42 - Beautiful footwork and hands on swim technique ... goes right by RT to earn QB hurry


Jared Crick

1st - 8:35 - Loses leverage battle ... poor effort and gets taken out of play ... doesn't even try

1st - 8:09 - Gets angled out of play ... poor instincts and not showing much competitiveness here

1st - 6:00 - Gets too high ... not showing a lot of fight

1st - 5:20 - Mediocre job as pass rusher ... not playing with much effort... fails to contain Locker to the inside and didn't maintain gap

2nd - 7:30 - Poor effort ... not even really trying

2nd - 5:48 - ... Needs to be tough here in red zone, but instead isn't competing and gets pushed back

2nd - 5:12 - Mediocre instincts

3rd - 14:32 - Weak at point of attack ... bails to tackle Locker in pursuit






NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Entries:

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 9
Andrew Luck vs. Jake Locker - 11/4

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 7
Texas vs. Nebraska - 10/20

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 5
Alabama vs. Florida - 10/8
Miami vs. Clemson - 10/7
Jake Locker vs. USC - 10/6
Mikel Leshoure vs. Ohio State - 10/6

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 4
Oregon State vs. Boise State - 9/29
Notre Dame vs. Stanford - 9/28
Alabama vs. Arkansas - 9/27
Miami vs. Pittsburgh - 9/25

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 3
Iowa vs. Arizona - 9/23
Florida State vs. BYU - 9/22
Arizona State vs. Wisconsin - 9/22
Washington vs. Nebraska - 9/21
Stanford vs. Wake Forest - 9/21
Arkansas vs. Georgia - 9/20
California vs. Nevada - 9/18

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 2
Iowa vs. Iowa State - 9/18
Alabama vs. Penn State - 9/16
Stanford vs. UCLA - 9/14
Washington vs. Syracuse - 9/14
Ohio State vs. Miami - 9/14
Auburn vs. Mississippi State - 9/11
Temple vs. Central Michigan - 9/11

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 1
Lawrence Guy vs. Portland State - 9/10
Jake Locker vs. BYU - 9/9
LSU vs. North Carolina - 9/9
Ohio State vs. Marshall - 9/7
Oregon State vs. TCU - 9/6
Adrian Clayborn vs. Eastern Illinois - 9/6
Florida State vs. Samford - 9/6
USC vs. Hawaii - 9/5
Pittsburgh vs. Utah - 9/5
Ryan Mallett vs. East Carolina - 7/23
Andrew Luck vs. Notre Dame - 7/22
2010 National Championship - 7/18
Arkansas vs. LSU - 7/18
Penn State vs. LSU - 7/18
Matt Reynolds vs. Oklahoma - 7/18
Nebraska vs. Texas - 7/18
Penn State vs. Michigan State - 7/18
Texas vs. Oklahoma - 7/18
Oklahoma vs. BYU - 7/18
Wisconsin - 7/18
Ohio State vs. Oregon - 7/18
Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 7/18
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