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OU football: Huskies' Locker will be hard to contain

By Jake Trotter Modified: September 12, 2008 at 9:09 am •  Published: September 12, 2008
Last year, Oklahoma squared off against several of the nation's fastest quarterbacks, including Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson and West Virginia's Pat White.

But Saturday, the Sooner defense will be charged with containing perhaps the fleetest-footed quarterback in college football — Washington's Jake Locker.

"The Pac-10 coaches that recruited him, that know him, claim he's a 4.2 guy,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables, referring to Locker's time in the 40-yard dash. "We've seen that from a couple of different coaches, (Oregon's) Mike Bellotti being one. (Southern California's) Pete Carroll has said he's one of the best high school quarterbacks he's seen in the last 20 years.

"If you watch the tape, you see a really big, fast guy. In particular, you watch him play USC, or Ohio State a year ago, you see him outrunning everybody on the field. A great, great talent. Obviously, he has our attention.”

And while his speed is eye-catching, he's hardly one-dimensional.

At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he's capable of rumbling over linebackers and defensive backs, which he did several times last weekend against Brigham Young.

Locker also has a cannon for an arm, and he's not afraid to take chances throwing the ball downfield.

"He's a big guy with great speed,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He throws the ball well. He's done an excellent job. He's a very talented young guy. It's a big challenge going on the road out to Washington.”

Looking for a comparison? Think Tim Tebow West.

"They've got a great system,” Venables said.

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Washington quarterback Jake Locker is one of the fastest quarterbacks in college football. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Prized recruit and defensive end R.J. Washington will likely take the field for the Sooners for the first time on Saturday. BY KELLEY CHINN, Fort Worth STAR-TELEGRAM


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