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June 20, 2008 8:34 AM

Locker homers for Bells

Posted by Bob Condotta

Jake Locker hit his first home run for the Bellingham Bells Thursday night, leading the team to a 10-2 win over Moses Lake. He was 3-5, also hitting a single and a double, with three runs scored and two runs batted in, again playing center field.

The homer was a solo shot in the third inning off Moses Lake pitcher Jake Wilson. The Bells are now 3-3 and Locker is hitting .333 for the season.

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Posted by Gabe

9:46 AM, Jun 20, 2008

How much longer before this baseball gig is over? I'll celebrate with an extra beer the day Locker stops playing. He's a great kid and entitled to his fun, but the season is rolling up on us. I know Elway did it too, but all the same, Elway was a better passer coming out of high school. Troy Must Be Destroyed (ducks destroyed)

Posted by scott158

10:07 AM, Jun 20, 2008 may have a point there, Gabe. On the other hand, I've not heard any reports of hime missing the cutoff man...

...taking our victories where we can.

Posted by chill dude

11:38 AM, Jun 20, 2008

Hey Gabe ... relax.

Posted by Husky19

12:09 PM, Jun 20, 2008

My concern is not that he is missing out on workouts for football but that he is improving so fast in baseball that he may think about playing baseball long term!

That kid is an amazing athlete.

Posted by UW Alum

12:20 PM, Jun 20, 2008

Gabe, I agree brother, he is the "Franchise". All it takes is Locker getting plunked and missing some time and Willingham may as well start packing his office up.

Posted by schmitty

12:22 PM, Jun 20, 2008

Husky19 - great point, that is a bit scary. If he focused 100% on baseball I bet he could be a 1st rounder in a year or two no problem. It would probably be a better move $ and career wise as well. However, we just have to hope that he really does like football much more. He also knows that baseball will probably be there if football doesn't work out.

Posted by Formerly Guest

12:27 PM, Jun 20, 2008


He sure looked last year like he loved football. That may be a big part of why he has us so excited over him and this team, with a 48% completion rate.

Posted by WaPreps

4:08 PM, Jun 20, 2008

No - we are excited because he's the best running QB in Pac-10 history and will be a 2,500 and 1,000 guy next season. All of the talk about his completion percentage is overblown. He was forced to do everything on his own - and completion percentages are going to go down when you are playing from behind in the fourth quarter after rushing for 200 yards. He was tired and defenses knew what was coming. Also consider the drop passes. He is a fine passer, especial for a High School running quarterback in his first season as a starter. Locker will be fine and the Dawgs will win 7 next season.

Posted by jh

4:19 PM, Jun 20, 2008

...hows his arm...we know he can run...

Posted by Formerly Guest

4:25 PM, Jun 20, 2008


I wasn't meaning to criticize him. I too feel somewhat optimistic about next season, feel fatigue and dropped passes and lack of consistent production from the RB posiiton hurt him. As well as inexperience.

But I think he looked like he loved what he was doing, baseball can't compare, and part of that enthusiasm is what got people behind him from day 1.

Posted by Gabe

6:47 PM, Jun 20, 2008

Don't get me wrong, I'm not citicizing Jake because he wants to go out and play baseball. That's normal, and he's darn good at it, so why not. My concern is that he get his head back into football in time and that he improve his throwing technique (with a football) in order to become the powerhouse quarterback we need and that he can be. He's proved his running ability and his sometimes-too-great fearlessness. Now he has to acquire technique and savvy and learn to protect himself from another bell ringer. He can absolutely do those things. But today's the summer solstice and we need him in top form coming out of the gate on Aug 30. That's not a warm up game. Aug 30 in Autzen can be the prelude of a great season. Troy Must Be Destroyed (ducks demolished, and fairly soon at that).

Posted by naterob4

9:48 PM, Jun 20, 2008

Do you the time this weekend of the Husky Hall of Fame ceremony?? Thanks..

Posted by naterob4

9:55 PM, Jun 20, 2008

I jsut hope Jake doesn't do a Jeff Schmarja from ND a couple of years ago the Kid was a future 1rst round WR and gave it up because the cubs offered him a boatload of Cash to give up football..I guess it didn't hurt that he had a 98mph heater though..

Posted by dave

10:56 PM, Jun 20, 2008

still blows my mind ty lets locker do this. can bet your ass caroll, tressel, brown and miles would never let their star do this. It hurts his development, ruins team chemistry since he isnt working with them and has a potential injury risk

Posted by Bob Condotta

11:06 PM, Jun 20, 2008

NateRob --- I don't know which ceremony you are referring to. The main one is in November. Here's the link with info on that one.
Is there another one?

Posted by bayareahusky

12:11 AM, Jun 21, 2008

so rather have a QB who is unhappy because he can't do the things he enjoys in the off season? this is a college kid, not a pro (yet)....get your head on straight

Posted by old dawg

1:37 AM, Jun 21, 2008

I understand the criticism leveled at Jake moonlighting as a BB player, but believe it to be shortsighted. Jake is who he is. He’s doing what he was created to do. It’s the same talent, desire and skill that we value on the football field. As fan’s, we have a choice…we can see his leadership and enjoyment of multiple sports as part of what makes him great, or we can attempt to corral his energy and try to focus it on one sport.

The point is, he’d resent it. He should. And the coaches know that other players looking at Washington are watching closely. They have to wonder if the coaches/school care about them as whole persons, not just as football players or student athletes.

ET came here toying with the idea of playing basketball. Nate and Rodgers did change sports.

If you’re going to trust their judgment on the field/court, you need to trust them with the course of their own lives. Actually, you need to trust them no matter what. It’s not like they put control of their lives in suspended animation for four years. They must bear the consequences of their choices more than anyone else. Yes, we might lose a starting QB to injury, but the damage to his potential pro career affects him more than anyone. He could turn out to be another Emtman, with a promising career derailed by injury. Or he could get hit by a bus.

If I was he…and I’m not in any measure…I’d want to live without regrets regarding what I might have done. There’s risk either way, and simply let him choose. Besides, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t have more of his teammate’s phone numbers in his speed dial than any other dawg.

Posted by dawg4life

6:55 AM, Jun 21, 2008


he is not only an amazing athlete, he's got a brain that feeds on aggressive competition in a sport designed around speed and contact. IMO baseball is only a fill-in right now for the live competition he needs.

I highly doubt Jake would choose standing in center field and pacing the dugout at this point in his life over serving as field general running an offense.

dave, not sure I could disagree with you more on that.

Bob and all, those who post for attention will stay only till they stop receiving it.

Posted by Jaba leads ND to 3-9 and the worst offense in the country and the most sacks given up

11:42 AM, Jun 21, 2008

Jake's arm is much better than Jimmy Pickle's, even with his patheticly surgically repaired elbow.

Posted by ND lost to navy...F@cking NAVY!!!

11:45 AM, Jun 21, 2008

Yeah, you're right. Jake's arm is way better than the Pickle's!

Posted by Dave

4:15 PM, Jun 21, 2008

"dave" from above ain't me. Let him play I say.

Posted by Jordan

6:05 PM, Jun 21, 2008

I think people need to remember that Jake Locker is an amateur athlete. He can do whatever he wants in his free time including play baseball. The guy is 20 years old. He should be enjoying life and having fun. And I believe him and Ty when they say this will not affect his committment to football at all. Give the kid a break and let him have some fun. He's in college. And while he has the ability to be the savior of the football program that doesn't mean he should be a robot and do only three things in life: look at game film, lift weights, and practice. He needs to have a life. We don't want a Todd Marinovich. If he is having a good college experience he will hopefully stay for 5 years. If football is a job to him he might as well leave to the NFL so he can get paid for that job. And I think people should remember that.

Posted by MelloDawg

8:49 PM, Jun 21, 2008

I guess I just don't understand how Jake Locker playing baseball really hurts our chances of returning to prominence in the Pac-10.

We have a coach who's doing a great job squelching that dream as it is. Locker is one of the greatest athletes to play at UW, not just football players. If Ty manages to squander that talent for a 2nd year in a row, he should kiss Division-I coaching goodbye.

Posted by mutt

11:40 PM, Jun 21, 2008

Nothing to do with Locker, but I've been told that the Phoenix lander on mars dug up Jimmy Hoffa?
What the heck, no football new news.

Posted by Cheney

6:28 AM, Jun 22, 2008

Today's apologist coverage of WSU's out-of-control football program only serves to cement the universally acknowledged Seattle Times pro-WSU slant.

How convenient that all these transgressions are attributed to Doba. Other than suspend Hicks for 3 games (every other Pac-10 program would have kicked him out), what has Wulff done different?

Posted by BoiseTruth

7:29 AM, Jun 22, 2008

Here's an interesting way to view 2008 pre-season polls.

Posted by AZHusky

8:09 AM, Jun 22, 2008

nice link BT,

So we get to play the # 3,4, 15, 17, 21, 30, and 31st ranked teams out of the 12 regular season games we'll play.

Pretty sick. Winning 7 games with this schedule deserves Pac10 coach of the year consideration.

Posted by Jordan

9:50 AM, Jun 22, 2008

On the WSU article,

First of all I think it is sad that any young person would throw away an opportunity to a free education. I think the guys that were kicked off of the team will look back at the opportunity they wasted in a few years and realize how stupid they were. And have a tremendous amount of regret. And that is sad.

Secondly, the Seattle Times doesn't write about the Cougars because not that many people care about them on the western side of the state. The Seattle Times cares about on thing and that's money. They get more money when they write about articles that people care about and will read. That's why you don't see many stories on the Cougs. That isn't to say that no one cares. Former Coug alum do but as a percentage that isn't that many people in King County. As soon as people start caring, which will be never, you'll see stories on the Cougs on the front page on this side of the Cascades.

As far as the people on here taking this story and comparing it to the Huskies I have this to say. Bill Doba should go down as the worst coach in the history of WSU. And it is not for this article and the events it talks about although they are bad enough. I'm talking strictly from a standpoint of performance on the football field. Here's why. He squandered the best opportunity for parity that WSU will see for the next fifty years versus UW. The UW program was in the toilet for the last 7 years yielding some of the worst teams in the history of the program and yet during the same time since the 2001 apple cup UW has won 4 times WSU 3 times.

But the most telling thing out of the article and the most insightful is what Coach Burnett said, "We never beat Washington on a kid in the state that Washington wanted in the time I was there." What an astonishing admission. I use the word astonishing because that inability to out recruit Washington occurred at the very same time that the UW program was at its low point. And if they couldn't do it then, then it is not going to happen. And that is why Bill Doba is the worst coach in the history of WSU. He had a tremendous opportunity and squandered it. Now Wulff with 8 less scholarships, negative press about Pullman being a party school (which parents sure love), and UW on a resurgence is going to rebuild the program. He has to sell Pullman. Good Luck pal you're going to need it.

Posted by seank

10:52 AM, Jun 22, 2008

I'm just terrified that he'll regress even further in his passing game. The throwing motion for throwing a baseball and throwing a football is entirely different - especially the touch you have to put on a football which was Locker's problem all last season.

(Go play catch for 30 minutes with a baseball and then switch to a football)

I much rather see articles about how he called up all his receivers and played catch and practiced routes all summer with them instead of how many home runs he hit....

Posted by BoiseTruth

7:50 AM, Jun 23, 2008

Thanks AZ. It's going to be tough, but as long as Locker, and Te’o-Nesheim stay healthy I'll find a way to have some fun watching how it plays out.

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