Locker to return for senior year

SEATTLE — Apparently, the chants of 50,000 outweighed the overtures of a few NFL scouts.

University of Washington junior quarterback Jake Locker took the advice of the home fans at the Dec. 5 season finale, opting for “one more year” with the Huskies rather than declare himself eligible for the NFL draft.

The school announced the decision Monday morning in a short press release.

While Locker will not be made available to the media until he returns from winter break next month, he gave the following statement to the UW sports information department:

“After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year. 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.”

UW coach Steve Sarkisian is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday at 3 p.m.

Locker was considered by many scouts as a probable first-round pick should he have declared for the 2010 NFL draft. He is likely to enter the 2010 season as the nation’s top prospect for the 2011 draft.

With Locker in the fold, the Huskies could be a candidate for the preseason top 25 and as a possible contender for a Rose Bowl.

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