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Posted Oct. 6, 2010

Jake Locker vs. USC


Jake Locker

1st - 8:35 - Nice play action and accurate throw on run in rollout

1st - 8:05 - Throw was sligtly off target on wheel route ... most NFL players make this catch

1st - 8:00 - Nice throw from Locker, but WR completely quit on route

2nd - 15:00 - Looks like WR lost the ball in the sun ... great throw from Locker - nice arm strength and ball was perfectly accurate ... incompletion, but a nice throw

2nd - 14:54 - Shows nice speed and athleticism on QB keeper ... great toughness in lowering shoulder and absorbing hit at end of play

2nd - 12:05 - Excellent roll out and deep throw from Locker ... nice trajectory to hang bal over DBs ... great arm strength

2nd - 8:33 - Shows 4.4-4.5 speed on this zone read ... elite athleticism for a QB

2nd - 2:27 - Hit as he was thrown and defense forces incompletion ... nothing Locker could do here ... good job getting ball out instead of taking sack

2nd - 1:18 - Nice job avoiding sack and checking down

2nd - 0:45 - Receiver completely covered ... Locker throws ball away completley over WR head instead of risking INT at end of half ... nice decision

3rd - 13:05 - Displays excellent arm strength here on naked boot

3rd - 10:55 - Ball is a little in front of receiver on post route, but receiver didn't get a very good effort and watched the ball go right by him without diving for it or anything ... difficult camera angle to judge throw on in terms of accuracy

3rd - 10:49 - Droppd ball by WR ... costs Washington/Locker a first down

3rd - 7:57 - Very bad throw at feet of receiver by Locker on naked boot ... receiver was open.

3rd - 2:47 - Amazing job of avoiding three pass rushers and staying balanced in pocket ... delivers strike for a first down on 3rd and 18 ...

3rd - 2:08 - Receivers all covered and throws ball away

3rd - :31 - Nice mental clock in pocket, steps up and makes decison to run ... uses speed and picks up a first down

3rd - :02 Nice touch and accuracy, ball hits WR in hands and he doesn't make catch ... should have been a TD here

4th - 6:40 - Hits WR in hands on wheel route and he drops pass for potentially big yardage

4th - 6:12 - Hits WR in hands on slant again and WR Kearse drops pass

4th - 6:07 - Ball hits WR in hands ... difficult catch and might have been interference ... another solid throw by Locker ... teammates didn't help him out on this drive

4th - 2:34 - No receivers open and throws ball away

4th - 2:26 - Poor protection by OL and ball is stripped by DE ... OL overmatched here and not much Locker can do ... receivers struggling to get open

4th - 2:11 - BAll hits WR Kearse in hands again on slant and he drops football ... Locker getting no help from teammates

4th - 2:08 - Shows elite poise on this play ... throws a laser to WR for a huge first down on 4th and 10 ...

4th - 0:39 - Elite speed enables Locker to get first down on this naked boot keeper ... Locker's final drive sets up game winning - FG

Summary: I had heard Locker had some bad throws in this game. I only saw one poorly inaccurate throw.

This was an incredible game by Locker - the playcalling limited him to staying out of the pocket because Wasington's OL couldn't handle USC, and Locker couldn't be a pocket passer if his team was going to win.

I wonder what the Jake Locker haters are saying now about his inability to "win". He overcame a lot of adversity in this game - a road game against USC, a hostile environment, and his teammates not helping him out very much.






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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