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March 6, 2008 3:43 PM

Locker tells ESPN "I won't miss anything''

Posted by Bob Condotta

I missed this the other day, but ESPN's Bruce Feldman had an item on Jake Locker'sdecision to play baseball in his blog (which is available only as part of the Insider subscription package).

Locker told Feldman that his baseball plans won't interfere in any way with anything football-related this summer.

"Football is still my number one priority and it's still my first love,'' Locker said. "I won't miss anything --- 7-on-7s, workouts, meetings. Even if a guy says he wants to throw one night then I'm not playing baseball that night.''

Those words should be reassuring to any of you worried that Locker will play baseball all summer at the expense of working with his receivers, which as has been well-documented is a young group that will need all grooming it can get during the off-season.

Locker said that he asked UW coach Tyrone Willingham about it a few weeks ago and Willingham gave an unquestioned approval.

Locker said he "wasn't surprised by how he reacted because when I came here I knew how supportive he was as a coach and as a person.''

Feldman also repeats some material he had last fall about Locker's baseball ability, specifically, a scout telling him that Locker "is more advanced as a baseball player, believe it or not.''

Feldman also points out that playing baseball in the summer didn't seem to hurt guys like John Elway and Dennis Dixon.

Locker also told Feldman that he hadn't done anything baseball-related since coming to UW and that "I do really need to get back in the cage so I don't look like a dork out there.''

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