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Jake Locker Back On Track But No Heisman Attention To Show For It

After a Week 2 win against Syracuse, University of Washington Jake Locker has steadied the ship, so to speak, when it comes to his Heisman Trophy candidacy. Brian Grummell of Fanhouse.com writes that Locker’s candidacy was “on life support” before he threw for four touchdown passes.

With his Heisman Trophy candidacy on life support against a stubborn Syracuse, Washington quarterback Jake Locker turned to junior receiver Jermaine Kearse to wear Superman’s cape for an afternoon. Kearse responded with a trio of touchdowns to go with career highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (179).

A 57-yard touchdown on Washington’s first offensive play of the second half broke the game open as Kearse shook several defenders after a short reception. The Huskies’ offense surged from there, turning the 20-10 lead into a 41-20 final. Kearse added a similar 28-yard touchdown play later in the quarter, his third of the afternoon.

Locker finished with 289 passing yards and tied a career high with four touchdown passes.

Despite the performance, Locker is not ranked on either ESPN’s or CNNSI’s Heisman watch lists this week.