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Jake Locker Named Starter For Titans Over Matt Hasselbeck

The Tennessee Titans named their starting quarterback Monday morning and it's a man Washington Husky fans are quite familiar with.

Aug 17, 2012;  Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) throws to a receiver during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 17, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) throws to a receiver during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Former Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker has won the Tennessee Titans starting job over veteran Matt Hasselbeck, according to a report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Citing "sources familiar with the situation," Wyatt reports that head coach Mike Munchak has settled on the second-year quarterback after announcing he'd name a starter on Monday. Locker, who became the first Husky quarterback ever taken in the first round last year after starting 40 games for Washington, is now expected to start the team's third preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals and, of course, the season opener against the New England Patriots.

While the future is undoubtedly now in Tennessee, this news still may come as a shock to some as Locker hasn't exactly set the world on fire in his limited exhibition action (11-24, 101 yards and one interception). Then again, the former Seattle Seahawks signal caller Hasselbeck hasn't been much better, completing nine of his 14 passes for 74 yards and two interceptions of his own.

Locker did show some serious flashes in coming off the bench for Hasselbeck last season and that might be what was the driving force behind Munchak's decision. In the five games in which Locker saw action in 2011, he completed 34 of his 66 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 56 rushing yards on eight attempts, chipping in a touchdown in the process.

For more information on what Locker as the starter means for the Titans, head over to Music City Miracles.