Two trips to the East Coast – and to the magic playland of ESPN – took Jake Locker's breath away. Almost literally.
He needed time to recuperate for his final round of one-on-one interviews with the fine South Sound media before the start of fall camp, which opens Sunday (when players report; first day open to public is Monday).
Reporter interviews, and photo shoots took much of Locker's morning and early afternoon Tuesday (rumor has it our photographer asked the quarterback to stand on a ladder for a frame, which he respectfully declined).
The News Tribune had its time slot, spending 25 minutes with the senior quarterback from Ferndale (who showed up with his dog, "Ten"). He did not seem put out. For the most part, he talked genuinely – with few rehearsed exceptions on subjects such as the Heisman Trophy and other centralizing topics.
A couple of snippets:
Most of the transcript will be included in stories on Locker throughout fall camp.