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Posted Oct. 6, 2010
Jake Locker vs. USC
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.