Washington junior quarterback Jake Locker has decided to return for his senior season, according to a statement released this afternoon on the university's official website.
As part of the statement, Locker explained:
"After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year," said Locker. "I am very excited about this team's opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
The full statement can be read here .
While scouts felt that Locker was the most physically gifted quarterback in the country (and therefore likely to be the first drafted), they also felt he was quite raw, making his jump to the NFL a potentially risky one. Though he has been Washington's starter for each of the past three seasons, he had yet to lead the Huskies to a bowl game, earn anything higher than Honorable Mention all-conference honors, and -- until this season -- be durable enough to start each game over the year.
Having made significant strides under head coach Steve Sarkisian in only one year, Locker is already earning praise from scouts as the potential #1 overall talent for the 2011 draft.