From altruistic, to
mooncalf, to titan
Rich Linde, 29 April 2011
is said that the Ghost in Hamlet haunts Denny Hall at night, while the
Dour Dane haunts the vestiges of Denny Field.
Courtesy: Kim Grinolds, dawgman.com
They say nice guys finish last.
In 2009, quarterback Jake Locker decided to forego
the 2010 NFL draft -- and ostensibly give up millions of dollars as a
first-round pick -- so he
could lead the Washington Huskies to a bowl game in his last season as a Dawg.
Locker's 2009 image: A nice
guy, altruistic, but a potential loser.
Last season, thanks to Locker,
the Huskies beat Nebraska 19-7 in the Holiday Bowl, their first bowl
appearance in eight years and first bowl victory since the 2000 Rose Bowl. (Photo left
Faced with Nebraska's ferocious pass defense,
Locker wisely threw a number of balls away to avoid interceptions. The
two games against the Blackshirts in 2010 lowered Locker's completion
percentage to 55% (otherwise he was throwing at a 60% clip over his last
12 starts dating back to his last two games in 2009).
His critics jumped all over him,
saying he had an accuracy problem, some saying he would likely go in the
second or third round of this year's draft, not in the first. For
example, ESPN's Ted Miller left Jake off his list of top 25
players in the Pac-10 for 2010. The pessimistic Miler has since been haunted by the
the crown jewel of pessimism, whether it be Gil Dobie or Hamlet.
Locker's 2010 image: A nice
guy, who finished last. What a mooncalf.
Yesterday in the 2011 NFL draft,
the Tennessee Titans chose Locker as the eighth pick in the first round of the NFL
draft, as the second quarterback taken in the draft, as the first Husky
quarterback ever to be selected as a first-round pick.
Locker's 2011 image: Mission
accomplished, a nice guy who finished first, a titan of a guy.
Heaven help the foes of