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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Daily Herald: Willingham right to un-Lock door
By John Sleeper
SEATTLE - We haven't seen this much hoo-hah about a University of Washington true freshman since Paul Arnold. Since Isaiah Stanback went down Saturday with a season-ending foot injury, the speculation about Jake Locker's playing status has ranged from riotous to unruly. The seemingly uncontrollable demands on the part of fans and media about playing Washington's hottest recruit since Reggie Williams are twofold. One, in his last two seasons at Ferndale High School, Locker was visible to all in the state who own a television in leading the Golden Eagles to a near-upset of mighty Bellevue in the 2004 state 3A title game and then in a 47-12 thrashing of Prosser for the 2005 title. The other factor is the kid appears almost too good to be true. While his jacked-up athleticism was obvious in the way he routinely broke down defenses with both his arm and his feet, all indications are that Locker is a coach's dream - intelligent, humble, eager and a quick study.