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A quarterback showdown: Andrew Luck vs. Jake Locker

It appears that there will be quite a few NFL scouts at Husky Stadium on Saturday. And for good reason, they will get a chance to see two of the top quarterback prospects in college football play head to head.

Obviously, everyone knows about Jake Locker's draft prospects. He was projected as the No. 1 overall pick coming into the season. And after some up and down performances, he's seen that projection lowered somewhat. Because while he looked like a player worthy of the top pick against USC and Oregon State, the lingering memories of the Nebraska and even the Arizona loss are red flags to scouts. There are times where Locker still looks like an unfinished product, particularly in his progression reads and passing accuracy. There were some people saying Locker had played himself out of the first round after Nebraska. That's lunacy. It was a bad game. And you know when Locker goes to the combine and has private workouts for teams as well as possibly the Senior Bowl, he will improve his stock greatly.

Meanwhile, Luck has vaulted up draft boards. But to those who follow college football closely, it isn't really a surprise. He showed signs of this last season, completing 162-of-228 passes for 2,575 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Remember, Luck isn't going to be throwing the ball 45 times a game under Harbaugh. The Cardinal is a power football team that wants to run the ball first. Luck has hinted that he wanted to return to school next year. But that could change at the prospect of a massive payday.

Still, based on their performances Luck has moved ahead of Locker on most draft experts boards. Our good buddy Rob Rang over at NFLdraftscout.com has Luck being taken 1st overall and Locker going 8th in his mock draft. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has the two QBs going in the same spot on his "Big Board."

Here's a closer look ...

Andrew Luck

Class: redshirt sophomore

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 235

2010 statistics: 133-of-200 (66.5%) for 1,729 yards, 19 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 246.9 yards passing per game, 165.4 passer rating, 35 rushes, 284 yards, 2 TDs,

What they are saying:

“Two people in my life, my wife (Sarah) and our quarterback, Andrew Luck, have a lot in common in that they’re just perfect. They’re just perfect the way they are. For a football coach, that’s pretty great — to have a great wife and a great quarterback.” - Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh
"If you don't stay in your rush lanes and don't contain him, he can pull the ball down and run. He doesn't really want to run, but he can run. And it's not that he doesn't want to run because he isn't tough; he is a tough sucker. He just doesn't want to run because he can throw the ball down the field." - Oregon coach Chip Kelly

Jake Locker

Class: Redshirt senior

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 230

2010 statistics: 131-of-232 (56.55) 1,614 yards, 14 TDs, 4 interceptions, 230.6 yards per game, 131.4 efficiency rating. 346 yards rushing, 3 TDs

What they are saying:

"He plays tough. And he comes across as a tough, humble, hard-working guy. His playing style and personality match a little bit." – Andrew Luck

“You have to prepare for all of what Jake Locker is, which is one of the most versatile players in the country passing and running. Jake not only is a great runner with speed, he's strong. It has all the makings of a very tough night.” – Oregon State head coach Mike Riley

“The beauty of Jake Locker is he has a competitive nature. He knows who he is not only physically but mentally,”  -- Steve Sarkisian.

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