Locker will return to Washington


December 15, 2009

Washington quarterback Jake Locker announced Monday he will return to Washington for his senior season.

In a statement released by the university, Locker said he will not make himself available for the 2010 NFL draft and instead will return to the Huskies for one more shot at restoring the program to prominence.

"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," Locker said.

NFL draft pundits have raved about Locker's skills - running back speed combined with the bulk of a linebacker and an arm capable of making all the throws the NFL requires - with some believing he could be one of the first picks in the April draft if he made himself available.

Locker threw for 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, completing 58 percent of his passes for the 5-7 Huskies. He added seven touchdowns on the ground.

Locker signed a contract this summer with the Los Angeles Angels, who took him in baseball's amateur draft. His signing bonus reportedly was $300,000.

•South Carolina's Board of Trustees approved a one-year contract extension for coach Steve Spurrier, taking him through the 2013 season. His salary will remain $1.75 million.

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