“Derrick is an exciting player to watch because he has such great speed and vision when running the ball,” Senior Bowl President Steve Hale said.
Locke rushed for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns this season despite missing four games due to an injury. He had five 100-yard rushing efforts this year and one 100-yard receiving game. Locke totaled 395 yards in kickoff returns for an average of 26.3 yards per return.
“Missing those four games to injury, I feel like I have so much to prove,” Locke said. “I started off so strong but then missed those four games and then I came back and was doing what I had been doing earlier in the season so it feels good to be able to get on a level playing field with other good backs.”
He ranks sixth on Kentucky’s all-time list with 2,618 rushing yards and set the school mark for kickoff return average (27.1). He is third in school history with 4,973 all-purpose yards. He had 27 total touchdowns — two of those coming on 100-yard kickoff returns.
“I want to show them (scouts) a lot of speed, how I catch the ball and how I run routes, my explosiveness and my vision. I want to show them that a little guy can produce in the NFL — that’s my main objective,” Locke added.