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Jeff Locke

School

UCLA

Position
Punter
Major
Economics

Classroom

Locke was named UCLA’s male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2011-12 as the male athlete with the highest GPA. He is one of six current senior student-athletes at UCLA to have been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.0 gpa of higher) in each quarter of his attendance at the school. In May 2012, A member of two honor societies, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, Locke was awarded the Athletic Director’s Academic Excellence Award. He was a 2011 second-team All-Pac-12 Academic team selection. Jeff was named to UCLA’s 2010-11 and 2011-12 All-Academic team with the highest GPA on the football team. He was a 2010 first-team All-Pac-10 Academic team selection. Locke was named the punter on the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District 8 team. He was a 2009 first-team Pac-10 All-Academic team selection.

Character

A conscientious and selfless student-athlete, the team and others are always first in Locke’s mind. He has taken part in numerous community service activities over the years and encouraged his teammates to take part. He helped organize the student-athletes at UCLA in their efforts to gather shoes for those in need.

Community

Locke took part in the Prime Time Games, a peer-mentor sports program for children with developmental disabilities. The nominee for the 2012 AFCA Good Works Team participated in the Marathon Kids program which encourages young people to enjoy an active lifestyle through walking/running 26.2 miles over a period of months. Locke participated in Dribble for the Cure which is an event which raises awareness for the battle against children’s cancer. He played a lead role in the “Soles for Souls” shoe drive program. Jeff has made multiple visits to a local Children’s Hospital during kids “play time”. He helped out in activities with kids from the local Boys and Girls Club.

Competition

Locke is included on the 2012 Ray Guy Award Watch List, recognizing the nation’s top collegiate punter. Locke’s career punting average of 44.58 yards ranks first all-time at UCLA. In 2011, he ranked 12th in the nation in punting average (44.34) and had a career-high 26 kicks inside the 20-yard line. In 2010, UCLA led the nation in net punt average (41.27), as Jeff led the conference and was fourth in the nation with a 45.84 mark. He earned second-team all-conference honors. In 2009, he was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, a second-team all-conference selection and ranked 16th in the nation with a 43.63 average. Jeff has also served his first three seasons as the Bruin kickoff man and has held on placekicks the last two seasons. He kicked his first two college field goals in a game last season following an injury to the regular kicker.