UCLA Punter Jeff Locke Taken By Vikings In Round Five

Posted Apr 27, 2013

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In his report of UCLA's pro day, senior analyst Gil Brandt says that Locke -- a left-footed kicker -- is every bit as good as Bryan Anger, the punter selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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UCLA - One of the top kicking specialists in the nation, Locke has done a great job as the Bruin punter and kickoff man for four seasons ... His career punting average of 44.23 ranks No. 2 in UCLA history ... Possesses a strong and accurate leg ... Made 53 career starts.

2012 - Saw action in all 14 games and handled the punting and kickoff duties ... Served as a special teams co-captain ... Semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter ... Named first-team All-Pac-12 by the league coaches, Phil Steele and ... Honorable mention All-America pick by ... Earned first-team all-conference academic team honors ... Led the Pac-12 kickers with 34 punts inside the 20-yard line (21 at or inside the opponent's 10-yard line) ... Also recorded 68 touchbacks on his 89 kickoffs, to top the league in that category ... Selected to play in the Senior Bowl college all-star game ... Locke earned the Captains Award, the Jack R. Robinson Award for the Senior with the Highest Scholarship, the Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence and the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year on Special Teams at the annual team banquet ... One of six senior student-athletes at UCLA to have been named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in each quarter of attendance ... Presented with the Athletic Director's Academic Excellence Award.

2011 - Ranked fifth in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation in punt average (44.34) ... Named to the second-team All-Pac-12 academic team for the third straight season ... Earned Tommy Prothro team award for Outstanding Special Teams Player ... Kicked the first field goals of his career against Texas (51, 49 yards) and added a season-long 70-yard punt ... Had five kickoffs for touchbacks against Cal and booted seven punts for a 44.3 average, placing three inside the five-yard line ... Put three of his punts inside the Arizona State 10-yard line ... Kicked to a 45.2 average against USC, with three punts inside the 20 and two inside the 10-yard line ... Punted four times for a 48.2 yard average at Oregon, with two inside the 20 ... Placed three kicks inside the Illinois 15-yard line in the bowl game ... Had 21 kickoffs for touchbacks on the season ... Selected UCLA's 2011-12 Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

2010 - Named to the Watch List for the 2010 Ray Guy Award ... Ranked first in Pac-10 and fourth in NCAA in punting average ... His season average (45.84) ranked No. 2 on Bruin season lists ... UCLA led the nation in net punting (41.27) ... Earned third-team All-America acclaim from ... Punter on the ESPN Academic All-District 8 team and the Pac-10 All-Academic first team ... Selected second-team All-Pac-10 for second straight season ... Fourteen kicks were touchbacks ... At Cal, he averaged 48.3 yards on a career-high nine punts (435 yards was also a career-best) ... Placed three punts inside the 20 and averaged 69.5 yards on two kickoffs ... In win over Oregon State, averaged 46.0 on four punts, two inside the 20 ... One of his kicks pinned the Beavers at their own two-yard line late in the game ... At Washington, he matched his career high with nine punts and averaged 44.3 yards per kick ... Averaged 47.2 yards on six punts versus USC, placing two inside the 20 ... Tri-winner of UCLA's Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player.

2009 - One of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award (the only freshman), presented to the nation's top punter ... Selected second-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches ... First-team Pac-10 All-Academic team selection ... Named freshman All-America by ... Second-team Frosh All-America pick by Phil Steele Publications ... Named to The Sporting News All-Freshman team ... Tri-winner of UCLA's Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player ... Averaged 43.63 yards per kick which ranked 16th in NCAA, second in Pac-10 ... Placed 20 of his 70 kicks inside the 20-yard line and had 12 kicks of 50 yards or more ... UCLA ranked 20th in NCAA, first in Pac-10 in net punting (37.76) ... Only 23 kicks were returned for 170 yards ... Produced 20 touchbacks, most in the Pac-10, on kickoffs ... Saw his first career action in opener against San Diego St. and averaged 38.8 yards on five kicks; just one was returned(3 yards) ... Also handled kickoff chores ... Averaged 47.0 yards on four punts at Tennessee; one was returned(6) ... Had a long punt of 64 yards and averaged 66.3 yards on six kickoffs, with three touchbacks ... Averaged 46.7 yards on three punts versus Kansas State; one returned(11) ... At Stanford, he averaged 47.8 yards on four punts with a return average of 2.8 yards ... He had three touchbacks on kickoffs ... Averaged 50.4 yards on seven punts against Oregon; three inside the 20 ... Two were returned(6) ... All three kickoffs reached the end zone ... Against Cal, he averaged 45.2 on six kicks with four inside the 20; two returned(10) ... He had four touchbacks on six kickoffs ... Punted six times for a 48.2 mark at Arizona, including an 81-yard boot ... His 81-yarder was UCLA's longest punt since 1995, when Chris Sailer sent a kick the same distance ... At Oregon St., he averaged 37.1 yards on seven kicks ... Had a 37.5 mark on two kicks against Washington ... Punted four times at Washington State for a 44.0 mark with no returns ... Averaged 40.4 yards on seven kicks against ASU ... Punted seven times at USC for a 44.0 average ... Sent eight punts an average of 40.8 yards in bowl win over Temple.

2008 - Did not see action in his first season in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered four seasons at Mountain Ridge HS in Glendale, AZ for coach Bobby Green ... Played wide receiver, punter and kicker ... Parade All-American ... EA Sports first-team All-American ... Ranked No. 1 kicker by ESPN ... Selected for Under Armour All-America Game ... Four stars from ... Ranked No. 1 nationally at punter by ... Three stars from ... Rated No. 2 kicker nationally by ... As a senior, he was selected All-Arizona and first-team all-state ... Named second-team all-state as junior ... Team captain as senior ... Named 5A All-State as a kicker ... Set school records for most field goals in a season (11); longest punt (71 yards); longest field goal (63 yards, a state record) ... As a senior, he averaged 43.6 yards on 38 punts with 10 inside the 20-yard line ... Had 47 touchbacks on 54 kickoffs ... Converted 29 of 32 extra point attempts ... Made 11 of 20 field goals, long of 63 yards ... As a junior, he averaged 43.3 yards on 46 punts with nine inside the 20 ... 33 touchbacks on 40 kickoffs ... Converted all 13 PATs ... Made seven of 11 field goals, long of 43 yards ... Made 21 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns ... As a sophomore, he averaged 37 yards on 25 punts, with five inside the 20 ... 39 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs ... Made all 34 extra points ... Converted six of 14 field goals, long of 48 yards ... In his freshman season, he had 11 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs ... Made three of five field goal attempts (long of 41 yards) ... Earned three letters in soccer, as a defender, for coach Doug Evans ... Named All-Region in soccer his last three prep seasons ... As a junior, he was selected second-team All-State and Region Player of the Year.

PERSONAL - Full Name: Jeffrey Ryan Locke ... Born: September 27, 1989 in Frankfurt, Germany ... Parents: Bob and Boni Locke ... Has two brothers, Jason and Brian ... Lists NFL punter Daniel Sepulveda as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include video games and hanging out with friends ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2008, Winter 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011 ... Three-year representative on UCLA's Student-Athlete Advisory Council ... Participated in the NCAA Career in Sports forum ... Economics major.

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