I rarely believe what anyone says about an opposing team’s players pre-game as all the coaches and players have been taught to compliment their opponents. But post-game comments are much more trustworthy. Here’s what the papers had to say about Jake Locker (from a Salt Lake Tribune Article titled, “UW Locker as Good as Advertised“:
They sacked Locker four times and caught him for another loss on an option play, but the sophomore otherwise tormented the Cougars. That was especially true on the Huskies’ final drive, as Locker scrambled for 13 yards on fourth-and-10, then ran 15 yards to the BYU 3-yard line to set up his TD run with two seconds remaining.
The Cougars tried everything, from pressuring Locker to dropping eight defenders into coverage. They succeeded at times, but he also kept plays alive and repeatedly turned losses into gains.
“You’d think you’d have a sack on the guy, and he was able to squeeze around and go”
- Jan Jorgensen
“I’m not sure whether there is an effective plan when, basically, you don’t match up athletically. He is a phenomenal player, so we used every weapon we thought we had.”
- BYU coach Bronco Mendenhal