Commentary

Locker gaining respect and fans across the country

Originally Published: September 13, 2007
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com
The Jake Locker Fan Club inducted a new member this week: Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. "I'm not sure I've ever seen a quarterback run that fast," Tressel said of Washington's redshirt freshman quarterback. "He's unbelievable. And he's not little. He's a big, fast guy." Of course, Tressel is well aware that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Locker hasn't faced a defense that even approximates what 10th-ranked Ohio State will bring Saturday (ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET) to Husky Stadium. The Buckeyes have given up just 245 yards and eight points in two games, though the Huskies should offer more resistance than I-AA Youngstown State and Akron.

Locker, however, didn't play the lead role in the Huskies ending Boise State's 14-game winning streak. He did toss his first touchdown pass and ran for another score. The Washington defense set the pace, holding the typically high-powered Broncos offense to just 10 points. It yielded 388 yards but stiffened in the red zone. It's difficult to know what to expect out of the Buckeyes, who have sputtered at times with new starting quarterback Todd Boeckman. This will be Boeckman's first start on the road, so it's likely the Huskies will get a big dose of 235-pound tailback Chris Wells and a huge offensive line. "Obviously, our defensive line has not faced an offensive line like they are going to face this weekend," Huskies coach Tyrone Willingham said.

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