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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
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.