Jake Locker Done with College Football, Washington Huskies' QB Flees to Baseball

Brian Shannon@bshannon15Correspondent ISeptember 18, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies hands off against the Syracuse Orange on September 11, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Forget the Heisman talk.

Forget being the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Jake Locker is done, and he's not coming back.

Following a horrific performance by Locker during Saturday's home loss to the eighth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Huskies' star quarterback has decided to call it quits.

Locker finished the game with a less than stellar performance of 71 yards and two interceptions while completing just four of his 20 passes.

"I'm taking my talents to South L.A.," was Locker's only response when asked about his decision.

Before the shocking announcement, Locker was projected to go as high as the first overall pick in April's NFL Draft, but instead Locker has packed his bags and is headed to Disneyland for a vacation before reporting to the Los Angeles Angels. 

After his Mickey Mouse performance on Saturday it's only fitting that Locker would head to the famous theme park before checking in with Angels' GM Tony Reagins.

Reagins had this to say upon hearing about Locker's decision to retire from football and join his Angels organization: "We feel bad for Jake about the way his football career ended, but obviously no one, and I mean no one, wants to be the next JaMarcus Russell. I think Jake realized that would have been a real possibility if he had continued playing football, but we are very happy he has decided to turn to baseball."

Despite having played baseball sparingly over the past few years, the Angels still decided to take Locker in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Many Huskie fans were happy with Locker's decision to quit football, especially after Coach Steve Sarkisian announced the decision would usher in the "Montana Era" a year earlier than expected.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana's son Nick will be at the helm for the Huskies' game on Saturday when they take on the USC Trojans.

Montana figures to give the Huskies a great chance at reaching a bowl next season, most likely the newly scheduled Chico's Bail Bonds Eugene Bowl hosted at Autzen Stadium.

As for Locker, his future position in baseball appears cloudy at the moment.

Locker can reportedly reach 96 MPH on the mound, but when asked if the former preseason Heisman Trophy contender would pitch next season, Reagins said: "Are you kidding me? Have you seen that kid throw a football? We are putting him in the outfield and even that's a stretch because he will still have to throw the baseball.

"We are actively looking to trade Matsui in order to clear a spot on the big club at DH for next season. We want to get that kid up to the show as soon as possible, he could be a huge attraction."

And so the Locker hype train rolls on, even if it has already been derailed on the gridiron.