Newcomer Lockett Eyes NFL
KENNEWICK, Wash. - A fifty yard field. 8-on-8. A hundred points a game. Arena football is pretty different from what they do elsewhere, but for the sake of his career, Fever newcomer Eugene Lockett is trying to figure it all out. The six-feet 245-pound rookie led Howard University (Washington, D.C.) in tackles last year. He worked out for the Redskins, and thought he had a shot at the NFL. "I had a feeling I would get drafted late," said Lockett. "I just wanted to get in someone's camp and show them what I had, but that didn't work out. So AF2 is where I'm at. Just get me a step closer."
His motivation? Climbing the ladder and earning another shot at the NFL.
"Every game and every week I plan on getting better. I don't plan on being here long. I love it here, but it's just a stepping stone. I'm trying to get to next level as fast as I can."
If his first game Saturday was any indication, he could be on his way. Coaches thought he did great in the win over Spokane, comparing him to former Fever/WSU LB Ron Childs. However, Lockett was just trying to figure out what to do in his new sport. The main thing that got me confused was staying inside the box. I'm used to playing outside," he said, referring to confusing defensive rules in the AFL. "It was my first game on the turf. We didn't even practice on it. The crowd was really on top of me. I think I did alright, but as the season goes on, I want to get a lot better."
His next chance to prove himself comes Saturday when the Fever host Central Valley.