Understated Jake Locker impresses on national stage

Over the next year, he will be the poster child for staying in school. He revealed on “ESPN First Take” that he’s 14 credits away from a history degree and will graduate before the NFL draft. As he nervously rubbed his hands together and used the verbal filler “um” repeatedly, you couldn’t help but see him for what he is — genuine and likable.

Throughout the day, as Locker made appearances on various ESPN television and radio shows and answered questions on an ESPN.com live chat, he represented himself and the university well. Expect the same Tuesday when he concludes his whirlwind swing through New York City and Bristol, Conn.